Automotive technology changes faster than you might think. Just as you’re getting comfortable with the features in your new car, new technology is rolled out that will change the way you look at vehicles forever. Understanding the changes that technology brings to cars won’t just change the way you think about your car today, but might change the way you look at driving in the future.
There was a time when cars didn’t come standard with seat belts. That seems like a ludicrous statement, but they just weren’t deemed necessary in the early days of the automobile. It’s hard to imagine a time when cars didn’t come equipped with things like gas gauges, seat belts, or speedometers. The automobile industry has seen a lot of changes in recent years when it comes to the technology that comes standard in vehicles.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, not only are teen drivers nearly three times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than drivers over age 19, teen drivers age 16-17 are nearly twice as likely as teen drivers age 18-19 to be involved in a fatal crash. Yet, it somewhat defeats the purpose of getting them a license if mom or dad has to sit next to them every time they are behind the wheel.
We’re a long ways off from actualizing the future, but there’s definitely a lot of work being put into getting us there safely. It’s a huge eco-system of automotive, tech, and regulations; and with anything industry-concept in nature, we understand that it’s tough to give concrete examples of projects in the pipeline.
You hear the words connected car and your imagination runs wild. Unmanned vehicles, flying transporters, hyperloop capsules, and automated cars, delivered at the touch of a button. It’s the future. It’s what the Jetsons promised us. But let’s be real we’re a long ways away. Luckily though, we are taking notable steps forward.
“Made in the USA” is more than just a slogan; it’s a philosophy for business, one that emphasizes the importance of staying within the national economy and creating products of the highest quality. At the same time, it’s a smart manufacturing decision, as American-made quality usually stands head and shoulders above outsourced competition. There’s a reason why Apple has recently pledged $100 million in American manufacturing plants for future products.