Cars will change drastically in the near future–advances in technology are a benefit  to the auto industry.
According to the Center for Automotive Research at the Stanford University, “personal vehicles have so much data about us and it’s still not being used. Like our phones in the past, our vehicles have so much untapped information. For example, if someone is driving to the hospital and they are speeding, we actually know the reason why they are speeding. Realistically, a car could already automatically appeal a speeding ticket if it was given due to the emergency of the situation. Our vehicles should be able to integrate into our lives as easily as the iPhone and help in similar and very useful ways.”

Semi-autonomous safety features and technology, such as automatic systems that alert you so that you avoid accidentally steering off the road, are all in the making. The auto industry has many decisions to make when it comes to a dramatic advances in technology, including which of these new safety features will most likely to be incorporated into automobiles by the manufacturers and how to handle potential liability issues. When the car is responsible for safety, accidents and eventually driving–this causes a serious legal liability issue that needs to be addressed well before any implementation of these technologies into cars.

Cars will most likely not be completely autonomous, but a majority of the vehicles will be connected in some way by 2020–whether to wireless networks, diagnostic tools, or each other. One in five automobiles will be connected to the Internet, with the number of connected cars expected to jump 30% each year for many years to come.

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