The future can be frightening. The future of automotive technology is not exempt from that statement. Just think of every science fiction movie you’ve watched where technology has turned on humans. It’s the revenge of the robots! But for every once of fear you have, you should have ten ounces of hope and excitement. Cars are evolving very quickly and mostly for the better.
Inc. recently chose examples of eight “almost scary” ways cars of the future that will change how all of us drive. These features hint at what’s to come. Here they are:
- Amazon Echo: Amazon Echo is (or at least will be) a highly advanced voice activation system. You can use it to start your car or turn the air conditioning on. Right now Amazon Echo is a lab demo, but you probably won’t be waiting the rest of your life for it to come out. As Inc. points out, these technologies often make their debut in production cars.
- Apple Watch: Your Apple Watch can communicate with your Volvo. In real terms, that means Volvo On Call will allow you to start your car, adjust your climate control setting, and even lock your car doors—all from your Apple Watch. Your smartwatch is smarter than you thought.
- Tesla Model S: You can boss your Tesla Model S around if you want. It won’t mind. Tell it to come out of the garage. Tell it to park on its own (because who really likes parking, anyway?). It can open and close your garage door, too. You can’t order it to come get you from across town yet, but apparently that tech is on its way. Someday you will also be able to instruct it to top off the charger on the trip over.
- 2017 Ford Focus RS drift button: Wanna drift? There’s a button in the 2017 Ford Focus RS for that. Press it and you will drift smoothly, but please note that drifting on public roads can be dangerous and may be illegal in some places, too.
- Land Rover’s automated features: Go off-road without steering or braking for a little adventure. A Land Rover can already drive through mud. Apparently the tech that will allow it to do it automatically will be arriving soon.
- Cadillac CT6 cameras: If you want to record your trip, the Cadillac CT6 will let you do that. Make a little movie right from the hood of your car. The car also has cameras to help you park.
- Mazda G-Vectoring: Driving fast around a corner can annoy your passengers, so Mazda has come up with a technology that will help passengers lean into a turn. It’s called G-Vectoring.
- 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class hands-free: You can drive the 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class without your hands or feet. It automates steering, while also automating acceleration at speeds up to 130 MPH, even on a curvy road.