April 23, 2020
Car technology, in the respect of what is new, is slowing down. USB ports are old school, wireless charging pads are becoming more and more common, so what’s left to incorporate?
A nifty idea is a photovoltaic sunshade. Think of that late afternoon sun that shines straight through the windscreen and into your face. The sun visor has been pulled down but it also obscure your view.
Bosch has come up with a LCD screen called the Virtual Visor. It’s made up of blocks that react to the sun’s light. How it works is devilishly simple. A small camera reads the face of the driver, and with intelligent software reads the spread of light and using a form of facial recognition will then adjust the blocks that will shade the eyes to opaque.
This leaves the rest of the blind as transparent and will adjust the blocks as required. Although apparently still some years away from implementation, it’s one of the more exciting pieces of technology heading our way.
Smartphones have become so very quickly staple of our daily lives. Using Bluetooth or the same SIM card found in the phones, a car can become a form of payment system.
General Motors in the US is developing, in conjunction with the satellite service SiriusXM, and Visa, a 4G SIM system that will allow a data-enabled SIM that will partner with a vehicle’s on-board computer to remotely order and pay for goods such as take-away food, fuel, and cover the costs of tolls.
Solar Powered cars are still a thing of dreams, but solar assistance panels are not. Roof and even body mounted panels can provide supplementary charge to a hybrid or electric car-s battery system, easing the base-load on a business or home charging system.
One cool looking example is the EV from Lightyear One. This truly futuristic looking streamliner can, in theory, uses its panels to add, on a good sunny day, up to 60 miles or around 90 kilometres worth of driving range. The Fisker Ocean SUV has a similar system and is a real term vehicle. Sales are expected to commence in early 2022 in the U.S., and the Ocean is slated to have a full roof solar panel.
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