Posted by: jdavis | May 21, 2008

A look at car trends

Car trend is one of the most talked about topics in the car industry, an industry that has been booming for years and still promises to offer a lot more in the years to come. It is really enigmatic how the simple cars people use way back then have become extremely superb these days. Yesterday’s dream has now become a reality and today’s dream will become a reality in the future. In our existence, we will probably see the period wherein car lights do last a lifetime, highly fuel efficient cars, pouring out entertainment and cars which are operated by robots and all the driver has to do is sit and give commands. Let’s take a look at the latest trends in the automotive industry that is in line for manufacturing.

Car engines look like a clutter of wires and tubes and understanding how it works maybe quite difficult but once you grasp it, that will indeed be a great leeway for you to fully understand how your car works, thereby making you more aware of how to take care of it and how to fix minor problems. The car’s engine primary purpose is to change gasoline into motion so that your car can move. At this point in time, the simplest way to do so is to burn the gasoline right inside the engine. Hence the name internal combustion engine because the gas is burned internally. The problem here is the harmful emission of fuels which is a big threat in the environment. The harmful emission from cars is one of the leading causes of air pollution, so to speak. Aside from that, gasoline’s price is continuously increasing, making it a burden among car owners. Thanks to the creation of HYBRIDS, a car that is fuel efficient and user-friendly at the same time. Another notable technology is the HCCI (homogenous charge compression ignition), a gas engine that works like a diesel motor. The gas inside the cylinder is fired up via the compression and the heat is produced by the engine itself, which gives way to an economic and efficient diesel. By 2015, hydrogen powered vehicles is said to become available in the market already. 

Consumers are also looking for vehicles which will give them extreme entertainment. High-the gadgets and gizmos can be seen everywhere. This paved way to the inclusion of such state of the art components inside the car itself. Bluetooth communication is one. Another thing is the streaming media where you will be provided with a wide array of media devices which will connect you to the outside world even if you are right inside the comfort of your car. The HD radio, a radio which brings AM frequency like that of FM and FM frequency like that of a CD-quality.

Self-parking cars are also beginning to invade the industry. Parking is one of the most difficult tasks to do, especially in the city where parking areas are oftentimes jam-packed. Parallel parking specifically requires a lot of skill as a slight mistake in maneuvering may result in a minor collision with other vehicles. The Traffic Assist System is also believed to be of huge help in terms of parking. The system is said to see road signs, bends and other vehicles so that the car’s route and speed maybe adjusted automatically, depending on the circumstances around it. The system will be equipped with processors, lasers and video camera.

Another notable trend that is coming up is the brake-by-wire technology wherein the system substitutes the hydraulic hardware of standard brakes with a more efficient and environment-friendly electric motors and transmission that is more dependable and consumes lesser space.

With all the trends that have come out in the market, one thing is for sure, in this modern age living, nothing seems to be impossible.



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