Automotive technology or automobile technology refers to those technologies that are popularly incorporated in various kinds of automobiles. With the changing times, the emergence of advanced technologies is paving the way for more and more sophisticated vehicles. Some of these technologies are listed below as follows:
Driverless cars: These 'intelligent vehicles' are capable of taking a person from one point to another without any driver. Providing a "taxi-like" experience to the passengers, these vehicles would navigate the roads on their own.Also
called as autopilot, autonomous vehicle or auto-drive car, these vehicles are expected to be fully functional by 2020. An example of such smart cars is the 2getthere passenger vehicle that is based on the FROG navigation technology that originated in The Netherlands, DARPA Grand Challenge (from USA) and AGRO research project (from Italy).
Emission Standards: With the help of automotive technologies, a check can be put on the emission of harmful pollutants such as NO 2 , particulate matter (PM) or soot, carbon monoxide (CO) or volatile hydrocarbons. As a result, it would be easier to lower down the pollution level and save the planet from global warming.
Automotive Engine: Coming all the way from the steam engines built by Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot in 1769 to the modern day 4-stroke internal combustion engines, the automotive engine has come a long way. It was human perseverance and determination to build something better and powerful that has finally paid off towards achieving the means of faster and more comfortable journey today.
Suspension technology: The suspension system comprises of springs, shock absorbers and linkages. This system connects the vehicle to its wheels. The main function of a suspension system is to minimize jerks and provide comfort to the occupants of the vehicle. With the advancement of technology, gas-filled shock absorbers have come to being which are much more responsive than the spring absorbers.
Apart from the above mentioned technologies, steering technology and safety technologies have also helped the automotive industry in a big way to reach great heights.