Mobile-TechAs children, many of us would dream of flying cars that had robot brains and would zip us about without care. Mom would just jump into a craft that resembled a spaceship and direct it to take her to the local grocery store. The amazing thing about this dream is that it isn't all that far off. Automotive technology is advancing in leaps and bounds.

Head Up Displays/Smart Vision

While not particularly designed to improve the driving experience, smart vision pieces such as Google Glass involve technologies that have been utilized in the most advanced fighter jets. This sort of heads-up technology allows the wearer to multitask without ever having their attention be drawn from the road. Smart vision devices run applications ranging from communication to navigation that provides the wearer the ability to be able to look up their location or even call for a reservation while they are en route. Heads up displays for vehicles have already been implemented in some vehicles as an accessory device but making that display wearable gives it even more flexibility.

Back Up Assist

One of the coolest of developments in newer cars is that of the backup assist programs. For anyone who has yet to successfully pull off parallel parking on their first try or those who never have a problem hitting their kid's bike while backing into the garage, this little device has value beyond its worth. Using a rear view camera much like the ones that are used in auto racing, the display is presented on the dashboard of the car. Complete with guide lines and even audible warnings when you get too close to something, the backup assist makes backing into any spot a million times easier. The only question now is if it's considered to be cheating while using on the driving exam?

Navigation Systems

One of the most commonly asked technology feature that is asked for in newer cars is that of a built in navigation devices. Many vehicles come equipped with GPS tracking devices already installed. Emergency support services like OnStar uses GPS navigation to assist subscribed drivers. For a few years now, Lexus has supplied in-dash navigational components in some of their higher end vehicles. This was so widely received that many other car companies would follow suit. Many of these include an application development that automatically updates to well known mapping sites such as Google Maps and Bing Maps.

Self Driving Cars

All this navigation and video technology must have a greater purpose. It surely has to play intricate parts of a greater technology that has been a long time in the coming. Self driving cars were once part of science fiction but are quickly becoming reality. Once again, Google has been playing around with technology science again and has actually developed one of their mapping cars to drive around completely autonomously. Using GPS technology to precisely locate its position and scanning technologies much like the backup assist, the hybrid car cruises the streets and observes them. This technology isn't too far from being consumer ready but would require a change in production and traffic standards to incorporate.

It certainly is amazing how connected we are in this world. Flying cars may not be a reality yet, but with automotive technology taking leaps and bounds through the years, it certainly isn't farfetched. With all the smart devices popping up all over and becoming increasingly integrated into our lives, truly smart cars are what is next for automotive technology. The future is certainly happening and it looks incredible.

Now, if only we can get them to effectively fly. That would be the ultimate in the automotive dream!