Cars are becoming more sophisticated as technology progresses rapidly. Gone are the days when you picked out a CD and jammed to your favorite tunes. These days, you enabled the Bluetooth on your phone or smart device, or attach a USB cable to your phone and you’re all set to go…before the dawning of autonomous driving.

Car connectivity has become a word on its own thanks to the collaboration between the automotive industry major technology companies. The purpose, aside from connectivity, is to deliver the most advanced, safest and most comfortable vehicles out there. Cars are becoming large smart devices with advanced emergency braking capabilities, mapping technology for autonomous driving, better fuel efficiency and cars as a service as a form of transportation.

Instead of getting from point A to B, nowadays it’s about connecting with the car itself. Many people I‘m sure are quite familiar with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Mirrorlink.

In order to curb environmental issues, plug-in hybrid and electric cars are becoming not just a buzzword but a reality. According to an independent source, more than 2 million electric vehicles were sold worldwide in 2016 and this figure is expected to rise in the near future. Interestingly, electric vehicles are also becoming more affordable, thanks mass production by giant automakers like Kia, Hyundai and Toyota.

Here are three of the most significant technologies you in the automotive industry, currently, at least until Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) and autonomous driving kick in.

The Peugeot i-Cockpit in its second-generation is a standard feature for all current models, namely the 3008 SUV, 5008 SUV and the soon-to-be-launched 508. The next-generation i-Cockpit is what Peugeot deems the embodiment of what future driving cabins will be, and the materialization of the Peugeot interior of today and tomorrow. In principal, there are three elements to the Peugeot i-Cockpit: the 12.3-inch configurable and customizable head-up digital display, the 8.0-inch multifunction color touchscreen with all the essential connectivity and the flat-bottom compact steering wheel with switches.

Mercedes-Benz is synonymous with technology with the me connect and Pre-Safe suite. Pre-Safe is pretty self-explanatory, so we’ll explore meconnect. Mercedes meconnect keeps you in touch with your vehicle, and your vehicle with everything that’s important to you.

Mercedes me connect places all your vehicle’s functions and attributes at your fingertips. Information such as mileage, tyre pressure or fuel level can be called up at any time. You can see where your Mercedes is parked or on the move and you can make use of all this information for your own personal convenience.

Just as innovative is the BMW ConnectDrive. The ConnectedDrive chooses destinations for you, provides answers to all your questions and keeps you entertained at all times. Plus, the BMW ConnectedDrive Services & Apps offer you a wide range of useful features.

Automotive and Technology in the Future?

Soon, cars will be able to predict driver’s needs as predictive vehicle technology becomes more prevalent. More manufacturers are applying algorithms that use data to automate the process of setting up a vehicle, including a car’s infotainment system and its application preferences. Vehicles are becoming IoT devices which can connect to smartphones and take voice commands, changing the user interface.

Predictive vehicle technology can also be used in the form of sensors within a car that informs the owner whether or not the vehicle needs service from a mechanic.

Self-Driving or Autonomous driving are being tested by major car companies. A number of cars already have semi-autonomous capabilities in the form of driver-assisted technologies. These include automatic-braking sensors, motorway lane sensors, mapping technology that monitors blind spots, cameras in the back and front of a car, adaptive cruise control and self-parking capabilities. Autonomous driving could be a reality by 2020 and beyond.