Thinking about the future always brings a mixture of excitement and dread. On the one hand, we have the ability to shape our future through our actions and discoveries now. On the other hand, we can never be sure whether the future we dream up will actually happen. And no-one really likes the unknown.
However, when it comes to car technology, the future’s looking bright. We know that we need a cleaner, greener way to get around and there are plenty of companies on the problem already. Another problem ripe for solutions is the reduction of risk to both drivers and pedestrians. Could technology prevent people from causing problems on the road?
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Car safety wasn’t always a priority in the early years of car design and style often outweighed safety factors. Now, though, there is no trade-off. Cars can look sexy and be safe at the same time.
We have already started to move towards autonomous safety features which eliminate the possibility of human errors such as self-parking. As technology develops, it is likely that these automated features will gradually take over so that the driver can act more like a passenger.
The emissions caused by current transport solutions are unacceptable if we wish to preserve the environment. The amount of CO2 pouring out of combustion engines has to be reduced and fast. Fortunately, we already have electric cars showing that greener solutions are available but what else will help?
At the moment, people usually prefer to drive themselves. This is the most convenient way to travel from point A to point B but in terms of energy and resources, not the most efficient. The other issue is that many people use their cars for a couple of trips per day but most cars spend a lot of time parked up.
Rideshare apps are already starting to take off which could make sharing car a lot easier. It is feasible that once cars are fully automated that instead of owning a vehicle, we could all access a fleet of automated taxis instead.
It’s tough to work out whether flying cars are disrupting the car industry or the plane industry but either way, they are closer than we might think. There are already lots of companies working on the idea around the world and it seems that like automatic doors, urban aviation isn’t just for sci-fi fans.
The future is ripe for innovation and by asking new questions, the car industry is already making rapid progress towards a brighter and frankly cooler future. Some problems such as emissions and safety are non-negotiable – they have to be solved. But when engineers start thinking outside the box, that’s when the magic happens.