For example, cars in the future will have more infrared sensors, inexpensive video cameras and laser-based radar to detect objects around them, Koslowski said. Cars will likely even talk to each other, "see" the velocity of nearby vehicles and react when they turn or brake suddenly. And with computer algorithms and predictive models, a car will be able to predict where other vehicles are going and measure the other drivers' skills - potentially protecting drivers from others' bad moves.
Koslowski also sees a day when automobile data will be uploaded into a cloud storage system that the government can use to make roads safer.
Autonomous cars that have sensors will also be able to identify mechanical problems in real-time and proactively address them. For example, a driver would be notified of a pending mechanical issue before a problem develops, and the car would be able to schedule a maintenance appointment without driver assistance, Rijmenan said.
Event data recorders in 95% of new cars already track the behavior of the driver and the performance of the car.
In the future, the data collected "will help car companies to quickly pinpoint the areas for upgrading and adjust the car appropriately. Time to market for new cars will be shortened," Rijmenam wrote.
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