Despite the many problems caused by the Corona virus in 2020, the tech world has continued on its path, and last year we saw the introduction of achievements and advanced products by various companies, including automakers. Join us for a brief overview of some of them in this article.
Acura’s proprietary technology for the front passenger airbag
Traffic accidents in the United States cause severe and fatal brain damage to more than 16,000 people each year. A significant proportion of these people are those who sit in the driver’s seat.
To prevent brain damage in this category, Akira introduced a new airbag with the 2021 model of the luxury TLX sedan, which has a unique design. This airbag has a large gap in the middle and fits inside when the passenger’s head is opened. In terms of performance, Akura’s innovative airbag can be compared to a baseball receiver’s glove.
Thanks to such a structure, the Akura airbag prevents slipping and deflection of the occupant, which may result in severe collisions with the dashboard, pillar or other parts. Interestingly, Akyura’s parent company, Honda, has allowed other automakers to use this life-saving technology.
The new generation Ford Bronco (pronounced Branco) was one of the most anticipated cars of 2020. This off-road chassis was finally introduced in the summer and was able to attract the attention of all publications and car enthusiasts due to its attractive design and very high Off-Road capabilities.
One of the special features of Bronco 2021 is the GOAT mode, which is named after the phrase Go Over Any Terrain; This feature, with the help of various computers and sensors, continuously analyzes the surface of the type of road ahead and somehow controls the components of the driving forces and the suspension system to adjust the maximum amount of adhesion and the appropriate height from the ground.
Bush Virtual Sunshade
Today’s common sun visors are usually wide and can sometimes interfere with the driver’s vision. Last year, the German company Bosch introduced an advanced sun visor whose body was made of LCD.
This LCD works with a camera that is responsible for monitoring the driver’s vision and the angle of light, and when necessary, it is dimmed only to the extent that it does not disturb the driver’s vision and does not irritate his eyes.
ZeroG Lounger chairs by
Lying down while traveling is usually possible while in the business class seats of airplanes. But with the unveiling of the advanced ZeroG Lounger seat, Baamu wants to provide this experience while traveling on the road.
The ZeroG Lounger seat is designed for all-wheel drive models and can be bent up to 60 degrees. You may know that moving in this position reduces safety. To deal with this, Bamoo has designed the belt so that it also grips the occupant well when lying down.
If for any reason a car with a ZeroG Lounger seat crashes, a 360-degree airbag immediately opens around it, protecting both the seat and the occupant!
ARB Base Rack
Roof racks have special hooks or parts to fasten the load. Due to the fact that these parts are fixed, the method of transporting different accessories and tools is usually limited to one method. ARB Base Rack is designed to overcome this limitation and benefits from a rail-modular structure.
Thanks to such a structure, it is possible to install the required tools and equipment in a variety of modes. The slots in the ARB Base Rack are so strong that there is no need for a backup frame. This feature allows the load to be installed at a lower altitude, which also improves aerodynamics and thus reduces fuel consumption.
Another important point is that the rods used in the ARB Base Rack are hollow, so you can pass the wires of other accessories such as solar panels through them and protect them from damage caused by snow and rain or any Protected against bad weather.
Meta acoustic material from Nissan
Automakers use mostly heavy plastic insulation to prevent annoying noises from entering the cabin. Although these insulators do their job well in most cases, they increase the weight of the car and increase fuel consumption.
Last year, Nissan unveiled a new material called meta that weighs only a quarter of the usual insulation. This advanced material has the ability to block the sounds produced in the frequency range of 500 to 1200 Hz. You may know that the sound of the tires coming into contact with the ground and the sound of the engine running are in this range.
In addition, Nissan’s meta material is much thinner thanks to its plastic film and mesh structure, so it can be used in a larger volume and completely insulate the cabin from the outside.
Automatic sound reduction technology in case of detection of talking car occupants
Harman’s advanced audio system was another exciting technology introduced in 2020. With the help of various microphones installed in different parts of the cabin, as well as artificial intelligence, this audio system has the ability to detect the speech of the car occupants and automatically reduce the sound being played.
Interestingly, Harman’s innovative system, relying on its sophisticated algorithms, distinguishes between fast speech and voice reactions and does not unnecessarily reduce the volume of songs.
Automobiles and UAVs are directly dependent on Lidar, because without this technology, they will not be able to see the world around them. Sensors of this technology are usually expensive and their size is large.
The Velabit module from Velodyne, introduced last year, is only 1.38 inches thick and 2.4 inches long. With such dimensions, this module does not require much space and can be installed in different parts of a car or flying device.
According to the manufacturer, each module has a range of 328 feet (100 meters) and a field of view of 60 degrees. Interestingly, each of these modules is priced under $ 100, and different companies can improve the level of perception and information from the environment by installing more of them on one vehicle.
Like the Ford Bronco, the Lucid Air was one of the cars that enthusiasts were counting on to introduce it. This electric sedan has admirable specifications and can cause a lot of trouble for the Tesla Model S.
One of the most interesting features of Air is its very fast charging technology. According to Lucid Motors, with every minute of charging, the energy needed to travel 20 miles (32 km) is stored in the car’s battery. As we have already informed you, the propulsion of the most expensive version of this car, Dream Edition, produces 1080 horsepower and can travel up to 517 miles (827 km) according to the EPA standard without the need for recharging. This version is priced at $ 169,000.
Ducati Multi Estrada Motorcycle Auxiliary Radar
The use of sensors and intelligent systems in motorcycles has been popular for several years. Last year, Ducati, in collaboration with Bosch and the University of Milan, unveiled a truly efficient cruise control system for two-wheeled vehicles.
Introduced with the Multi-Estrada series, this intelligent system is adaptable and always maintains a safe distance from the car in front between speeds of 19 to 100 miles (30 to 160 km). According to Ducati, the company’s innovative system is tuned to have the smoothest possible performance. In addition, another sensor is installed on the back of Multi-Series motorcycles, which constantly monitors blind spots.
Damon Hypersport motorcycle
Damon Hypersport motorcycle is designed in such a way that it can change the shape of the body and is compatible with different applications. This unique electric motorcycle is made using the same familiar mechanism of electric seats, and buyers can adjust components such as the steering wheel, footrest and windshield depending on factors such as height, ride comfort or speed.
Red Bull Aeroscreen Protector for Indigenous Vehicles
You may remember that in the 2015 season of IndieCar, Justin Wilson lost his life due to a piece that fell off one of the cars and hit his head in an accident. This unfortunate incident that took place on the Pocono Raceway is just one of thousands of tragic incidents we have witnessed in roofless racing cars.
To prevent similar incidents, Red Bull, in collaboration with IndieCar series, unveiled a protective piece called the Aeroscreen last year. This piece has a titanium frame and can withstand weights up to 34,000 pounds (15.42 tons). The glass used in this piece is also made of bulletproof and transparent polycarbonate and is able to withstand the pressure caused by the speed of 220 miles (352 km).
It is worth mentioning that in July 2020, the role of the Aeroscreen protective part in protecting the lives of drivers became well known. In this month’s race, a stray tire on the track collided head-on with a driver named Will Power, who, if it were not for the Aeroscreen bodyguard, would most likely have suffered severe head injuries and another tragic accident. It counts.