Innovations in automobile technology that can be expected in the next few years are described. These include computerized transmission, continuously variable transmission (CVT), voice warnings, CRT and television screens, and radar braking. With computerized transmission, the computer will take constant readings of the engine speed, transmission speed and the demand for acceleration, and decide when to shift to higher or lower gear. Computers will be essential for CVT which will lack distinct gears but have infinitely variable gear ratios. Computerized transmission and CVT will both boost fuel economy. Cars with voice warnings are expected on the market in a few months. Voice warnings for oil pressure, temperature of engine coolant, and condition of the brake linings will be common. Television screens or CRTs (Cathode Ray Tube) could display content of the car owners manual or help with navigation. A true life-saver is expected with radar braking but the concept requires more developmental work.

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    Chicago Motor Club

    66 East South Water Street
    Chicago, IL  United States  60601
  • Authors:
    • Adams, T
  • Publication Date: 1984-9

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 18-19
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00394040
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-037 770
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 31 1985 12:00AM