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2) Keyless entry has already been implemented on certain Cadillac, Infinity and BMW models and will be introduced to approximately 40 different vehicles in next three years. Credit card style systems will replace car keys.
3) Navigation systems such as computer-like screens on dash, displaying navigation systems that employ global positioning satellite and onboard DVD’s to provide driver with distractions, maps, and information on businesses such as hotels, hospitals and restaurants. The video screens will also have capability to connect to PDA’s and cellular phones.
4) Wi-Fi hook-ups in almost every vehicle will provide weather, news, and other information. “We’re going to see hot spots in places like gas stations and restaurants,” says Peter Wengert, marketing manager for automotive products at Microsoft.
5) Data collection will give vehicles capability to collect pertinent data that can be shared with dealers, manufacturers, and other vehicles helping service personnel perform remote diagnostics and help troubleshoot for a broken down motorist.
6) Onboard cameras will help detect blind spots, while helping parents watch their kids. Many recreational vehicles already have this technology at rear and in front to “see” around corners.
7) 40 Volt Electrical Systems will become standard to accommodate many new electric devices.
8) Voice commands are already in certain BMW’s, Jaguar and Lexus models and will become common and necessary in order to operate various functions in cars.
9) Electronic pedals already in use in Mercedes, Chevy Corvette and all recent Audi vehicles, brake-by-wire and accelerate by wire pedals send an electronic signal rather than activating a physical connection to engine and brakes. Emergency brake handles will also be replaced by electronic controls.
10) Programmable vehicles will let you use electronics to express your choice of vehicle you wish to drive, says Stanford professor of mechanical engineering Chris Gerdes. “You can have it be as sporty or luxurious, as you choose.” Drivers of new Audi A8, for example can change car’s ride by raising and lowering road clearance.
Submitted by: Amsoil Inc. Dealer Rudy Hiebert www.lubedealer.com/hiebert
Content Source: Amsoil Inc’s Direct Line, November 15, 2003 by permission.
Rudy Hiebert has been a Dealer with Amsoil Inc. for more than fourteen years. After application of the Internet to his marketing strategy, business activity has paralled the ballooning revenue of the corporation, which has been double digets. People are using and selling Amsoil 's synthetic lubricants all over North America with the help of Abbotford's Amsoil Dealer, Rudy Hiebert. His web site is www.lubedealer.com/hiebert where more Amsoil information can be accessed.