Revolutionizing Off-Roading: How Tech is Transforming Trail Adventures

by AutoExpert   |  5 June, 2024

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Let's face it, driving is getting a serious tech upgrade these days. Electric vehicles are all the rage, and don't even get me started on self-driving cars (coming to a UK road near you by 2026, apparently!). But what about off-roading? How can all this fancy tech make conquering those trails even more epic (and maybe a little safer)?

Enter Potential Motors, a company that's putting a futuristic spin on off-roading. Their big idea? Use your car's camera like a super-powered terrain scout.

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How would all of this work? Your car's cam would act as a copilot, always scanning the road ahead. It sees a patch of loose rocks? Boom! The car automatically adjusts its traction control to keep you gripping the ground. Hit a steep climb? The suspension stiffens up for optimal climbing power. Pretty cool, right?

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But why is Potential Motors so hyped about this camera tech?  Their CEO, Sam Poirier, says it's all about preventing those nasty accidents – you know, the ones where the driver (or the car) just doesn't react fast enough to changing conditions.  This tech can basically "future-proof" your driving, whether you're a seasoned off-roader or just a grocery-getter who occasionally encounters a surprise pothole.

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Now, you might be wondering if this is just a fancy concept car pipe dream.  Nope! Potential Motors has actually built two vehicles from scratch to test their ideas. One's a tricked-out electric monster truck, and the other's a souped-up dune buggy.

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The dune buggy would get a much smoother and stress-free experience. The car's suspension would automatically adjust to the terrain's surface and you would drive care-free. It's kind of like going from a manual to an automatic transmission – the car takes care of the details, so you can focus on enjoying the ride (and the scenery!).

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It's not all flowers and roses, however. Potential Motors does face a challenge with the translation of the info received by the camera into car adjustments, but with computer vision and AI - we don't see an issue in overcoming this.

So, when can we expect to see these camera-wielding off-road beasts on the market?  It depends on the carmaker.  Some might bake this tech right into their vehicles, while others might offer it as an add-on for adventurous drivers.

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One thing's for sure: with Potential Motors leading the way, the future of off-roading is looking pretty darn awesome.  Think conquering those trails with a little less sweat and a whole lot more confidence?  The future is here, and it has a camera for a co-pilot.

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