Talking Cars and Other Auto Technology Trends to Watch Out for in 2017

Dec 30, 2016 01:24 PM EST | JP Olvido

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2016 brought us self-driving cars though not entirely just yet. 2017 seems to be offering a lot more in terms of auto technology and they are pretty much worth looking forward to.

2017 Car Technology Trends. From talking cars, electric axles, and car keys that you actually wear, to 48-volt technological features, these and a few more is what car enthusiasts should look out for in 2017. Auto technology has never been this fast-evolving ever and by the looks of things, there are no signs of it slowing down.

Talking cars. By 2017, the Cadillac CTS sports sedan will offer a communications system that will allow vehicles to share information on weather, speed, accidents, and a whole lot more. It is a Wi-Fi-like technology dubbed vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication.

Wearable car keys. Keyless ignition systems worked just fine in 2016 and were quite convenient. Imagine wearing your key fob on your wrist like how you would a watch instead of keeping it in your pocket. Jaguar offers just this with its F-Pace Activity Key.

Electric-powered axles. Some car models from Volvo, BMW, and Toyota already sport e-axles, as they are called. It is an additional axle installed at the rear of front-wheel drive vehicles powered by electricity which improves performance and handling and allows for less fuel consumption.

More electric cars. Tesla should expect a lot of competition this coming 2017. Chevrolet's Bolt, for example, brings to consumers affordability and practicality as an electric car. Its 238-mile EPA-range on just a single charge is quite amazing actually.

48-volt electric systems. Modern vehicles only have a 12-volt electric system which is not enough to accommodate all features. More and more hybrid cars are adopting 48-volt electric systems enabling a wider range of features, better performance, and fuel economy. In addition, this offers a lot less risk than the regular 300-volt electric systems and at a lower cost.

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