Vehicle to Vehicle Communication
Vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication is basically exactly what it sounds like. It’s a type of communication technology that lets cars talk to other vehicles, as well as surrounding infrastructure like traffic lights.
Why is this important? Because as cars become more autonomous they will need to be able to communicate with other cars on the road in order to operate more safely.
In the more near term, vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure lets cars share vital information to help human drivers. For example, the 2017 Mercedes E-Class uses V2V communication to relay data about traffic, climate conditions, and other critical information about the road ahead to other Mercedes vehicles on the road.
Seeing the road while driving at night isn’t always easy, especially when you are cruising down a dark, lonely highway. But cars with night vision can alert the driver to things that may not be visible.
For example, Audis night vision feature uses thermal imaging to show the driver if an animal or person is nearby by displaying their presence on the instrument cluster. BMW, Cadillac, and Mercedes-Benz also offer various forms of night-vision on select models.
Biometric Vehicle Access
In recent years we have already seen the switch from key fobs to keyless but it looks like soon you will be able to unlock your car with nothing more than just your fingerprint. Sounds a lot like the technology used in smart phones today and that’s because it is.