Honda's new Accord has an intelligent six air bag system that is controlled by software. The installed software makes a decision in mili-seconds as to how much the airbag has to be inflated to cushion driver and other passengers during a collision. The software also decides as to which airbag has to inflate among the six. To cushion the driver, frontal airbags are inflated and to cushion rear passengers side airbags are used.
Top-end electric car, the Maini Reva, also has two computers installed in the car. Both the computers are used to monitor the production of electric energy required to run the car.
Hyundai Motors have also signed an agreement with Microsoft to build music and information system in future cars.
Global Move - Bundling of Software and Cars
Every car manufacturer wants to make their car models iconic. Many car manufacturers across the globe have teamed up with various software companies to offer better, safer and interesting car models to their customers.
Apple has signed an agreement with the three car manufacturers – Ford, General Motors, and Mazda. Apple will help these car companies to install iPod connections in most of their future cars.
The BMW models are equipped with monitors in the front that receive signals in form of images beamed by cameras placed behind the car. The images formed on the monitor gives a clear description to the driver about the space behind. This makes it easy for the driver to navigate easily and park the car.
KPIT Cummins has developed a software that helps to control the flow of oil to the steering wheel system. It also helps in easy navigation of the car.
Bosch, a software company based in Bangalore has developed a software that prevents children from placing their fingers while the windows are rolling down.
Software Companies Supporting the Car Industry
The Microsoft, KPIT Cummins, Apple, Bosch, and the Tata Elxsi are some of the software companies that have a greater presence in the car industry. All these companies in association with car manufacturers are working to roll out elite car models with latest and innovative software applications.
Indian software majors are in the process to develop software applications that will prevent car accidents. It is believed that currently around 70,000 lives are snuffed out annually due to car accidents. The future software applications are expected to reduce the number of on-road fatalities.