London, Sep 18 (ANI): Cars are set to get smarter in case of a crash, for they could soon be ringing the emergency services themselves if involved in a crisis.
In fact, sensors embedded in future vehicles could also let emergency services work out the severity of the crash and how many people were involved.
The above predictions were presented at a symposium considering the changes ushered in by the spread of small, smart processors.In fact, growing number of on-board computers could also spell big changes for the way people drive.
"The car is probably going to be the most compute-intensive possession that we will have," the BBC quoted Steve Wainwright, European manager at Freescale Semiconductor which makes many of the chips inside car control systems, as saying.
Wainwright said that they are increasingly helping to augment a person's driving skill and that trend would only continue as technologies such as collision detection systems and radar become more commonplace.
"All of us who feel we are better drivers now than we were 10 years ago, that's probably because we are getting more help then we realise," he said.
Paul Burnley, an analyst from automotive market research firm SBD, said cars in the future would be among the first to react after a crash.
They might send data about their location and the number of occupants in a car to get the emergency services responding much more quickly.
"More advanced systems will be capable of sending data from distributed sensors in the car to the emergency services," he said.
"Perhaps letting them analyse this and build a profile of the crash and evaluate the risk of serious injury to the occupants," he added.
Clever in-car systems would be essential as the world moves from petrol-driven cars to hybrid and electric vehicles, he said.
"The 'hop in the car and drive where you want' mentality is not one we can carry forward to electric vehicles. Fears about range anxiety and charging infrastructure are starting to dominate discussions about such vehicles," he said.
Only with sensors that can accurately determine the distance a car can travel given the charge in its batteries and know the location of the nearest charging station, will the move to electric vehicles be more palatable, he said.The implications of the system were presented at the Future World Symposium, a conference organised by the UK's National Microelectronics Institute. (ANI)