The Biggest Automotive Innovations in the Last 10 Years

Automobiles have come a long way in the last few years. From almost useable voice control to cars that can basically drive themselves. Each year, the industry continues to release new technology and some pretty stellar innovations that make driving safer and just plain fun.

Anti-collision systems

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Car systems that can detect eminent frontal collisions and stop themselves to avoid accidents are becoming increasingly popular in the auto industry. Although anti-collision systems have been around for a while to at least some degree, Subaru’s new EyeSight for their Legacy and Outback models has been billed as the “most affordable” of this type of innovation. EyeSight reportedly applies brakes when the vehicle is traveling under 19 miles per hour and it detects an object in its path.

Self-driving vehicles

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Pictured Above: Ford’s Self-driving Car

Let’s be realistic here. We are not right around the corner to be driven by our cars, self-driving vehicles aren’t ready for a mass-market launch at this point. However, their development has been a hot topic in the automobile industry for the past several years. It appears that Google is leading the charge for cars that will supposedly help avoid accidents and reduce traffic congestion resulting from human error. In fact, Google’s home state California just passed a bill legalizing self-driving cars. We’ll keep an eye on this development in the near future. Cadillac is now joining Google on the forefront of self-driving vehicles. You can read more about it here.

Backup cameras

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I am sure we all know someone who has backed up over something in their giant SUV because the driver can’t see that low behind them with their mirrors. Or how often has a truck driver backed into a low-sitting post or mailbox for the same reason? With backup cameras becoming the standard for many new models, these types of hiccups will lessen.

Smartphone integration

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Pictured Above: BMW Connected Drive

Millions of people have adopted smartphones as their on-the-go communication and computing devices. It’s not surprising that automakers have begun to include technology that allows for seamless car and smartphone integration. BMW, Ford and Toyota all offer functionality that projects smartphone interfaces onto the car’s dashboard. Chevy even has added a Siri button to some of their new models.

Widespread adoption of more fuel-friendly models

Although electric and hybrid car concepts have been around for decades, the past few years has solidified fuel-friendly driving as a focus of many models. Even the large automakers have begun to shift emphasis to more fuel-friendly varieties of its vehicles. For example, flex-fuel models are more prevalent.

Sources: Car & Driver, Macgasm, Cnet & TechnologyReview

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