The year 2023 marked a significant change in the global technological landscape and artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as a transformative force in several sectors, including the automotive industry. In this article, we’ll explore five automotive technologies that are undergoing revolutionary changes driven by AI.
1. Real autonomous driving
The concept of autonomous driving has evolved in recent years, and artificial intelligence is the catalyst for making it a tangible reality. We are already witnessing the first examples of vehicles at level 3 of autonomy, with limited ability to control the steering, brake and accelerator. Advanced sensors, such as radar and cameras, process data in real time, allowing AI to make decisions in a variety of driving scenarios, from urban traffic to long journeys on motorways. AI’s continuous learning capacity becomes crucial, adapting to different situations and incorporating predictive functions based on satellite navigation data.
2. Advanced infotainment
AI is transforming the in-vehicle entertainment experience. We’re seeing the incorporation of ever larger monitors, digital instruments and augmented reality screens. The next phase of this evolution includes advanced voice assistants, such as DS’s ChatGPT, capable of performing complex actions and managing various aspects of the car automatically. Artificial intelligence will enhance smoother and more efficient interactions, learning musical preferences and evolving over time. In addition, OTA (over the air) updates will be more accurate, allowing the car to keep up to date with the latest trends.
3. Constant monitoring of the vehicle’s condition
AI will play a crucial role in constantly monitoring the vehicle’s “health”. Instead of discovering unexpected faults when you start the car, artificial intelligence will carry out comprehensive check-ups, identifying potential problems before they become critical. This will not only reduce costs related to repairs, but will also contribute to vehicle safety by ensuring proper functioning.
4. Satellite navigation improvements
Satellite navigation in electric cars will be improved through the use of artificial intelligence. AI will recalculate routes in real time, taking into account changes in traffic, weather conditions and driving style. In addition, battery management will be optimised, planning charging stops and preparing the batteries for optimum performance. This will result in more efficient and adaptive navigation, improving the user experience.
5. Always connected vehicles
The Internet of Things (IoT) plays a vital role in communication between vehicles and their surroundings. AI, fuelled by data collected by the IoT, enables the creation of smart cities. Autonomous vehicles can communicate with each other (V2V – Vehicle To Vehicle) to signal presence or obstacles, while traffic lights anticipate red lights. All this is managed by complex software that can adapt to changing conditions.
Challenges and ethical considerations
While these innovations promise to revolutionise the automotive industry, we can’t ignore the challenges and ethical considerations. Cyber security becomes crucial, with the need to protect billions of data transmitted over the network from hackers. Standards such as ISO 21/434 guide manufacturers in creating secure, hack-proof systems. It is essential to balance the transformative potential of AI with security and responsibility, ensuring that the benefits outweigh the risks.
As artificial intelligence becomes increasingly integrated into vehicles, we are witnessing a new era in mobility, driven by technological innovation. The future of vehicles is undoubtedly intrinsically linked to the continued advancement of artificial intelligence. Explore the opportunities of the mobility revolution with PTC Group! Find out how your company can capitalise on this new technological era. Contact us now for a personalised analysis and be at the forefront of transforming the automotive future!