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The Road Ahead (SPONSORED)

6 Incredible Automotive Innovations Not to Be Overlooked

— December 14, 2011 — Autos
This post brought to you by the New 2013 Lincoln MKS with Lincoln Drive Control. Now it gets interesting.

With technology permeating every facet of our daily lives, it seems like it might only be a matter of time before the world gets an automobile that is capable of driving itself. Here at Trend Hunter, we’re always on the lookout for the latest innovations that serve to show us what the future might hold. As a result we’ve gathered up a few examples of the latest and greatest ideas in the automotive industry. From apps for your smartphones to eco-friendly designs that could help save the planet, this wrap-up of the world of car technology is one you won’t want to miss.

If you’ve ever been a kid who has hated going on long trips in the family car, you might recall that piling into the backseat with your siblings was never a comfortable thought. If this sounds like you, then you’ll be happy to check out this incredible holographic backseat entertainment system. This futuristic gaming innovation allows children to play games using 3-D technology; a fully interactive environment that will hopefully provide a silent ride for the parental figures.

As for those who are always looking out for ways to protect the environment while on the road, you might want to check out our article on the the incredible eco-efficient Lincoln MKS is the only car on the market with EcoBoost technology, which improves fuel economy, reduces CO2 emissions and provides better driving performance from the 3.5 liter V6 engine that churns out 355 horsepower. Now that is impressive!

If you’re a gearhead that likes getting under the hood of cars, and always likes to stay on top of how your mean machine is running, you’ll be thrilled to know that there are test-drive programs that allow drivers to maneuver through obstacle courses, keeping statistics on lap times, car performance, and even G-force tracking. Bonus points go to the great minds behind this concept for making the experience feel more like a video game than a test-drive.

On the other side of the spectrum, for car-lovers that can’t resist the urge to customize their vehicle to the max there are also a host of other innovations to take advantage of. But keep in mind, when I say “customization” I don’t just mean the ordinary “overhaul of an interior” or “throwing on a couple 22-inch rims” kind of customization. In fact, in recent months carmakers have unveiled digital display concepts that feature fully euipped LED-infused exteriors. Imagine a car in which you can change the color and design with the click of a button, just like you would with the wallpaper of a laptop or PC. If that innovation is too mind-bending for you, a simplistic way to customize your car would be fitting it with artistic tire designs or decking out your exterior with a grafitti-inspired paint job.

Each of these breakthrough ideas reveal a shift in automaking, one that is more “user-friendly”, more luxurious, more practical and takes into account the needs of the consumers and (in some cases) their passengers. It’s a brave new world of automobile design out there, and Trend Hunter will keep you posted on it’s exciting progress as it continues to unfold.
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