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The folks from QNX demonstrated the power of their software platform at 2014’s Telematics Update Detroit. The Canada-based computer company showed off a reference platform with super-fast booting capabilities.
Leg Warmers, Perestroika and Tiananmen Square
The 1980s was an important decade that shaped the world we live in today. During this period Madonna surged to stardom, personal computers revolutionized how people worked, Back to the Future burst into theaters and the Berlin Wall came a-tumblin’ down. Not surprisingly the automotive world was just as eventful.
China is the wild, wild east of the automotive industry. Home to more than 1 billion people and counting, it’s a hugely important market for car companies. There are many domestic brands over there but curiously foreign companies are making significant headway.
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and Tesla are hoping to be allowed to leave side-view mirrors behind.
Mercedes-Benz cars can already navigate through traffic without driver input, the infotainment systems can be controlled by uttering a sentence and the seats will even massage your back for you, but how about a car that keeps you physically fit, and mentally rested?
The company is developing what it calls “performance enhancing comfort,” which will come in the form of massage chairs, work out expander bands, music choices that suit your drowsiness level and even an active air freshener.
While the technology was implemented first for long haul truckers, it is making its way into regular consumer cars.
Drowsiness at the wheel is a major concern being addressed by the brand. The trucks have been outfitted with seats that raise up high enough for the steering wheel to be used as a foot rest. While that may not work in cars, simply having lay flat seats would be a nice alternative.
The stereo system is also designed to aid in power naps, as it will sort music into categories based on how soothing the song is, and only play soft music when its time for the driver to snooze.
Elastic bands which can be used to workout are attached to bolts on the truck cab floor and can be used by the driver to stay fit while driving. Cars may have a little problem outfitting these due to space, but who knows what the German automaker will come up with for its fitness option in cars.
Soon enough cars will be driving themselves, keeping us fit, massaging our backs, choosing our music and who knows, maybe styling our hair?