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I don’t know how about you, but weekly sessions of Knight Rider were one of the favorite parts of my early childhood. I simply LOVED the car. Although if you take a look at the 1982 series now, most of the “innovations” appear to be rather silly, you can’t deny that back then Knight Industries Two Thousand was quite a scientifically loaded car. And apparently, according this article here on the BBC, some of the innovations that Kitt had are now present in our cars today. Kudos to Kitt’s creators for predicting the future! Let’s take a closer look at some of those innovations, shall we?
First, self-driving was probably one of the things in the show. I mean, who wouldn’t want to sit down and relax while your car just… drives itself for you? Apparently, Kitt was able to drive itself without any problem because he (it?) had an auto collision avoidance technology implemented. It might not work like magic, just like it did in the show, but nowadays most of the newest commercial cars do come out with auto collision avoidance devises. As far as the European Union is concerned, they are aiming to equip ALL new vehicles with such a device by 2015. W00t.
Second, how about a car with a homing device? Kitt could fly to the rescue the moment Knight summoned it with the gold pendant he had. Well, we have one of those coming right up. Granted, they won’t be as fast as Kitt, but Google is working on its new self-drive cars, and they say that the cars should roll out “within a year.” Google cars won’t need a bling around your neck to summon them. They will respond to your smartphone. Google to rule them, Google to guide them…
Next, the car might be super smart and drive itself, but in the end, it is made for the driver, and if the smartcar (oh, can we use that one? Just like smartphone?) cannot protect its driver, what’s the use of it? Surely enough, Kitt knew whether Knight was okay or not, he could check his (sorry, I still remember William Daniels’ voice and all) driver’s vitals, ant thirdy years later… lo and behold, Ford has a car with the ECG Heart Rate Monitoring Seat. It can surely help us prevent car accidents that get caused by heart accidents, and you can never know, maybe in a few years from now, your car will make sure you took your medicine.
There are a few more cool features discussed in the article, but I’m pretty sure you can come up with some of the latest innovations that would’ve been thought impossible just a few years ago yourself. People are sometimes whining about the lack of the flying cars (too much Back to the Future for you, dude), but I’d say we’re living in the future already, don’t you think?