By 2020 we'll have cars capable of being fully
autonomous, but probably only in in certain circumstances, 5G and vehicle to
vehicle technology (the technology so cars can talk to each other) still need
Driver Override Systems
We've already got cars that will stop if you fail
to apply the brakes, by 2020 cars will apply the brakes even if the driver
has the accelerator floored. Sensor technology will give the
car final say, not you.
Biometric Vehicle Access
We already have cars with keyless entry, next on the
cards is a switch to key-fob-less entry and start. You'll be able to
unlock and start your car using just a fingerprint (or maybe even your
Comprehensive Vehicle Tracking
Insurance companies are already talking about fees based
on how many miles a person drives, and new drivers can already have a black box
fitted in their vehicle to keep the cost of their insurance down. By 2020
insurance companies will offer all drivers a reduced rate for drivers that
agree to full tracking of their behaviour.
Active Window Displays
By 2020 we'll see active glass capable of displaying
vibrant images. Imagine a navigation system that actually highlights the
next turn on your windscreen.
Remote Vehicle Shutdown
This technology already exists, in recent years telematics
companies has shut down hundreds of stolen cars, ending police chases with
little drama. By 2020 remote vehicle shutdown could be standard.
Active Health Monitoring
Vehicle manufacturers are already talking about seatbelt
or steering wheel sensors that track vital statistics, though the rapid
development of wearable technology means most cars will just wirelessly pair
with these devices (think cell phone for your body). Combine this with
autonomous technology and you've got a car that can pull over and call 999 when
the driver has a heart attack.
Personalized In Car Advertising
You're already getting Facebook, Twitter and Gmail ads
based on your behaviour. By 2020 the average car will be fully connected
to the internet, meaning your vehicle will provide companies with a
powerful set of metrics to customise their message.
Reconfigurable Body Panels
In 2018 the small SUV category is booming, even supercar
manufacturers are developing them (Lamborghini launched “the Urus - the world’s
first super sport utility vehicle” in January and its rumoured even Ferrari is
developing a SUV). By 2020 expect a SUV with lightweight body panels and
advanced motors that retract the roof and side glass into the lower body panels,
basically changing your SUV into a whole new vehicle.