What the car of 2020 will look like

In under a decade, our cars will be talking to each other, helping to drive themselves economically, preventing crashes and using eight-speed gearboxes, according to leading personal finance site Kiplinger.

The magazine put together a list of the features it predicts will be commonplace on the car of 2020, and the results suggest that the cars of our future will look awfully different from the car of 2000.

Vehicles will be greener and safer, predicts the site, making life a good deal easier for drivers along the way.

Some of the features, such as collision-mitigation systems, are already available, but Kiplinger believes that they will be commonplace on all but the most basic models, as well as being augmented by extra innovations to reduce accidents.

Vehicle-to-vehicle communications means that cars could warn each other of collision risks, while more cameras mounted on vehicles (including night vision equipment) will help drivers to know more of what's around them.

The firm's prediction that using in-car connected technology and entertainment will get a lot easier will be welcomed by many, although the news that yet more is on the way means that there is no respite for technophobes as surfing the web on the way to work will "probably be par for the course," says the article.

Of course, as the world's traffic jams will undoubtedly be even worse by then, it's probably good that cars will be a whole lot greener.

With government regulation encouraging fuel economy to be raised around the world, expect features like regenerative braking and stop-start to be standard, along with new technology such as smaller engines and more gears - "eight speeds is the new six," Kiplinger concludes.

Read the article: http://kiplinger.com/slideshow/car-features-in-2020/

Ten features your car will have by 2020

1. Warnings galore
2. Eyes all around
3. Pedestrian detection and night vision
4. Easy cruising
5. Vehicle-to-vehicle communications
6. A better way to connect
7. App central
8. Fuel-sipper tech
9. Advanced engines
10. Exotic materials

Source: Kiplinger

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