With great interest, I opened an article that claimed cars of the future will probably be able to predict the future. How cool would that be? My mind raced with possibilities.
Could my car analyze information online and tell me if an upcoming date would be a success? Would it be able to predict gas prices 6 months into the future? Maybe my car could predict future Super Bowl winners and clue me in.
Well, it turns out the predictions are nowhere near as exciting.
The Register has the story about some of Audi’s plans for its cars of the future. One of the ideas: cars that can predict where traffic will be.
A little anti-climactic, yes?
The article says future cars will be able to analyze traditionally heavy traffic spots, comb social media for traffic information, and even take into account large sporting events that might cause congestion.
In short, future cars will be able to do exactly what human minds can do today. Audi’s system could also predict a driver’s most likely destination based on their traffic history, which, again, seems a little unnecessary considering our brains already have a pretty good idea of where they want to go.
Slightly more intriguing, Audi announced a concept for a directions system that would give directions based on landmarks instead of streets. “Turn at the rock painted to look like a football,” could replace “Turn right on second.” Perhaps there’s a market for such directions, but I think I’ll stick to the GPS in my iPhone.
Here’s something I’d sign up for, though: a smart parking feature that would keep track of parking spots and map out availability, along with prices to park. Oh yeah! I can’t even tell you how many hours of my life I have spent circling a few city blocks of downtown Seattle looking for the right spot to park my wheels. I’d even pay a monthly fee to have instant access to spots available now.
If only there were a way to reserve them…
Has car technology gone far enough, or should it start predicting the future, too?