A Car That Remembers Who You Are and Other Automotive Innovations

picture of Centennial College Auto Body Repair Techniques program students and faculty member looking under a car on a lift

History is split on exactly who invented the car. That's because in 1808 Francois Issac de Rivaz designed the first car powered by an internal combustion engine fueled by hydrogen. In 1870, Sigefried Marcus followed with the first gasoline-powered combustion engine, which he placed on a pushcart. There were a few more advances after that and in 1885, Karl Benz developed a petro or gasoline-powered automobile. It is considered the first production vehicle as Benz made several identical copies. None of these men, however, could have imagined how advanced cars would become. And the innovations keep coming. 

Here are a few vehicles that were unveiled this year to be on the lookout for in the future.

Honda's NueV

This concept car comes with Hana the AI (artificial intelligence). Hana is designed to pay attention to the driver's likes and dislikes and is able to remember a driver's favourite places such as restaurants. But Hana goes further by being able to check on a driver's emotional well being, make music recommendations based on mood, use a heart-rate monitor and face recognition to detect when a driver is stressed.

Mercedes' Vision Van

This is not your granny's boring old delivery van. The all-electric van concept comes with a fully automated cargo loading system and the ability to deploy delivery drones and self-driving robots to get packages to doors quickly. Because the systems will allow drivers to deliver more packages at the same time, efficiency will be increased, while a telematics unit will collect and process data about the status of that day's deliveries for the distribution manager. Your online order may be delivered by robot soon, as the van is said to become a consumer vehicle in 2020.

Volkswagen I.D.

This electric concept boasts some impressive features including zero emissions, 643-965 kilometre range on a single battery charge and the ability to receive packages if the owner isn't home through a new delivery service. Aside from its wireless recharge capabilities, the I.D. can also be plugged in with the German brand claiming an 80% recharge takes 30 minutes.

For those who have an interest in fixing the cars of today and of the future, there is Centennial College's Auto Body Repair Techniques program. Based on the Level 1 apprenticeship curriculum, the program combines theory and practical application of topics such as vehicle and body construction, detailing and refinishing equipment maintenance, applied mechanical systems, trade tools and shop equipment, non-structural repair fundamentals and refinishing surface preparation.

By Izabela Szydlo

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