Technology merges green cars and safety features

The Detroit Auto Show is currently underway, giving manufacturers the opportunity to display both new production models and concept cars that illustrate the potential future of the industry.

Ambitious concept vehicles are the most exciting elements of these shows.

In many cases, these ambitious concept vehicles are the most exciting elements of these exhibitions, giving fleet managers and motorists the chance to get a valuable insight into what various manufacturers see as important. 

More often than not, these developments are exhibiting an increased focus on green cars and vehicle safety. These technologies offer a range of benefits to different parties, from fuel savings and fewer carbon emissions to more confidence in the way these cars can keep people safe. 

Toyota merges influential automotive trends

As one of the world's most popular car manufacturers, Toyota is in the perfect position to stake its claim on the future of the industry and introduce millions of drivers to new technology. In the neighbouring New Zealand market, for example, the Japanese marque recently chalked up its 28th consecutive year at the top of the sales charts. 

Toyota has already been a valuable pioneer for green cars. The Prius was one of the first major hybrid cars and the company is looking to repeat this achievement with the hydrogen-powered Mirai. 

While a consumer equivalent is already on sale in select locations, Toyota offered an even more futuristic version at the Detroit Auto Show. The company partnered with Kymeta, an organisation that produces antennas, to create an updated Mirai that represents an important step in the future of connected cars. 

The particular antennas Kymeta creates are of the flat panel variety, meaning they can be easily equipped to vehicles. The intention is for this vehicle to communicate with satellites to share data in a way that creates a much safer environment for drivers. 

Future Toyota Mirais will be able to communicate with satellites. Future Toyota Mirais will be able to communicate with satellites.

Not just for safety

The future of connected cars will bring more than just safer driving standards to the world's fleet managers. Audi announced that a range of their vehicles will be augmented with a different kind of connectivity. 

While Toyota's concept is a vehicle intended to connect with other cars and road users, Audi is bringing the internet to its vehicles. The update means seamless integration with a range of different services, such as navigation apps and systems to ensure drivers have access to all the information they need to stay safe on the road. 

Both vehicles represent important efforts in the future of the automotive industry, as the desire for connected cars that are both safe and efficient continues to grow.