From solar-powered glass to in-car entertainment, Wheels24 lists the automotive trends coming this year:
1. Wrists bands as car keys
Wrist bands which can act as keys are becoming available. You tap the band against a specified part of the vehicle to open the door.
In theory, they’re waterproof which means you can go to the beach or the gym or out on the water without having to take your keys with you. Jaguar’s Activity Key is the leader in this category.
2. Augmented reality
Augmented reality test drives are taking off. Several manufacturers are providing downloadable 3-D driving experiences and How-To features. Hyundai is one brand that’s a long way down the AR road already.
3. More apps, more in-car entertainment
In-car entertainment is a now huge priority for manufacturers. A self-driving vehicle means that the driver is free to connect with their business life or with entertainment, so expect enhanced in-car live streaming capabilities, augmented reality window displays, upgraded TV screens and bespoke music systems.
4. Dash cams as standard
Dash cams are increasingly required for insurance claims and some manufacturers (notably Citroen with its Connected-CAM) are building them into their vehicles as standard on top-spec cars.
5. Solar-powered glass
Solar power from the windscreen may be some way off but the experts are working hard on it and the vision is that special car glass will enable the vehicle to be powered by the sun