Technology Affected The Transition of Cars i.e. Some have said that few other inventions have even come close to having the same level of impact as the automobile. Once humanity was far apart and isolated; the car provided a freedom that allowed fast travel and exploration to occur. And while originally expensive playthings for the rich, cars have become a must have item, drastically changing entire cultures, creating new jobs in the fossil fuel business and leading to the development of infrastructure.
No-one can dispute the impact that cars have had on the lives of humanity. Yet now it is the cars themselves that are coming under the impactful force of technology and the fast and unpredictable pace with which it is constantly transforming, with everything around it being affected.
The world of the automobile has changed and will change further, specifically in these transformation areas:
Electronics- The basic mechanics and hydraulic systems of a car have already undergone diverse transformation and will continue to morph until the more sophisticated electronics and software replace them completely, with fueling, steering and a variety of automotive systems coming under the control of artificially intelligent electronics. With software development playing a key role, this transformation has been the backbone for most recent transformations and it will continue to play a key role.
Structural material – Engineers are constantly experimenting with newer materials that have consistently reshaped and reduced the overall weight of the car, resulting in the less bulky yet durable sports cars of today. Future developments are expected to drastically reduce the weight of the car while increasing the strength by manipulating differently structured steel sand metal forms and magnesium.
Production- advancing technologies have drastically transformed traditional automobile development methodology; gone are the days of hand crafted bodies and engines; modern technologies have transformed the car manufacturing business into a fast, efficient less error prone process with which several thousand auto mobiles can be produced at a time, where making one used to take days. This process is expected to evolve with time, not only turning the car manufacturing business into a completely human free process, but moving the booming business out of traditional western powers to the Asian continent where these technologies are and will most likely first be developed.
Vehicle operations – These days, most processes concerned with operating the car will boil down to tiny microprocessor modules and electric circuits, all designed to bring cost efficient perfection to the automotive experience. Devices such as the engine control unit that controls timing in relation to spark plugs as well as mixing functions related to fuel, air and emissions have replaced traditional pumps and levers and more energy inefficient machinery from the olden days and soon vehicle operations will become a completely processor controlled business.
Entertainment- This is probably the most popular consequence of advancing technologies in automobiles, mostly designed to improve the driving experience, by assimilating entertainment technologies and communication gadgets into the core driving machine, such as hand free phones, TVs, DVD players, entire gaming consoles and powerful sound systems.
This is merely the tip of the iceberg. Automobiles have come a long way, transforming from large metal boxes on wheels to powerful technological marvels and they can only continue evolving. Anyone with experience in automotive will testify as to the drastic rise in hybrid and electrical vehicles making their way into the country. The world is forging forward and the automobile industry will not be left behind.