Six New Ways We Will Interact with Vehicles in the Future

TEAMS Design Trend Story Automotive IV

By Sean Loomis

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Cars Visualizing Data in More & Better Ways…

Large advancements have been made in the ways vehicles present and visualize information to users. For a majority of automotive history, driver-to-vehicle communication was almost exclusively based on auditory or visual cues being communicated by the car itself. The next advancement were warning lights attached to technological triggers inside the car to inform drivers about problems, system availabilities, and warnings (ie. check engine light / abs / turn signal / etc.).

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Cars Equipped with Digital Assistants…

In essence, Digital Assistants are making massive steps forward in acceptance and their integration into a variety of spaces, from personal communication, to households and, as a natural progression, our vehicles as well. While the depth of integration and reliability of these Digital Assistants to act on our behalf is still being developed, such assistants will enable a host of new interactions for vehicles.

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Cars that Sense our Physical & Emotional State…

Several automotive manufacturers and suppliers are focussing on technologies which can capture, measure and adapt the environment inside of the vehicle to react to the physical & emotional state of the driver and other passengers. Sensors, cameras and machine learning algorithms are coming together to quickly understand accurately in what state of mind the driver is.

Car that Can Read Our Brains & Movement…

Much of the technologies being developed around new interactions inside of vehicles are rooted in removing barriers between drivers and their vehicle. Almost nothing can come closer or intimately in the sense of interaction than a connection to our thoughts, brainwaves and subtle gestures.

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Car Adjusting to our Modes of Activity…

Long dreamed of, with the gigantic leaps in autonomous driving vehicles and technologies, the idea of the interior of a car adjusting to a different focus other than driving becomes more and more realistic. Although many of the visions of such vehicles are still very conceptual and difficult in their practicability, the enticing opportunities they present are attractive.

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Car that Communicate Outside the Vehicle…

There are a host of technologies being developed for interactions from vehicles to other vehicles (V2V), or vehicles interacting with the infrastructure around them (V2I). However, perhaps one of the most important areas of interaction yet to be solved will be the interplay between autonomous vehicles and people.

  • Multiple pedestrian and autonomous vehicles communicating together
  • Night time communication with low visibility
  • Emergency vehicle communications

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