Sounding much alike Bond…James Bond. It is vital in all 007 films to show a girl, a martini and an awesome car. Ever wondered what if those cars are real? Well! The automobile makers are prepping up their R&D department for developing the cars of future. With all the self-drive and safety features, there is no place to get excited even if a flying car goes around. But we’re or aren’t getting those sophisticated fantasies.
Cars Of The Future
The next 10 years in revolution of Car tech makes the last 30 look like just a toy or a warm up. When time passes by, competition rises off the charts. For instance, Google released it concept design for driverless, self driving cars whereas Tesla introduced Autopilot feature in its electric car segment that was way beyond extraordinary.
The evolution not only with its inbuilt console features but it does include the vital parts of a car. Bugatti Veyron that clocked 254.04mph (408.84kpmh) is actually not its top speed as Bugatti claims. It’s top speed is not limited by its Engine but the limit those tires can withstand. If at all, Universe didn’t have this dimensionless quantity called as Friction, Bugatti could have been the first on-road vehicle to break the sound barrier.
1 year out and its 2017
Let all petrol heads have a Heads up. The cars of (not so distant) future are being researched, manufactured or even rolled out for its first look. Future Faraday Zero is the most advanced and futuristic car which had its debut look during CES 2016 at Las Vegas. The release is scheduled in 2017.
Five to Ten years ago, the cars equipped with in-built Bluetooth, high-end music system, Navigation screens and parking sensors were considered to be top-class luxury cars. Nowadays, the most easily affordable economical cars are equipped in their entry segment.
2017 is the expected year for Car industry to fill up their cars with top-notch features, most notably online features. General Motors were first in class to introduce the in-car connectivity for all sorts which opens up the car to ocean of options. It is not a wonder to find a simpler car like Hyundai hatchback with LTE connectivity while roving. Throw in Apple Carplay and Android Auto which will be barreling towards omnipresence by 2017, and the world of connected apps you’ve come to rely on from your smartphone for will be available every time you get behind the wheel.
Usually a concept from a startup car company remains non-ubiquitous, and no part of it sees the light of day. Things differ slightly with Faraday Future however, with the company already prepared to break ground on an assembly facility in just 18 days. It’s also backed by LeEco, a major Chinese technology brand often called “Netflix of China.” Combining that with a few former Tesla and Jaguar designers, and the Future that Faraday wants to bring forth could shake up more than the battle between electric cars, it could change how we think of cars.
2 years out and its 2018
It has been very clear that autonomous driving experience will be a vital role in automotive existence from this year. There was an experiment conducted by Audi with its RS7 model which drove autonomously for 500 miles and also lapping Formula1 courses. But the projects that drive themselves into reality for consumers are not far away. May happen any time soon! Not only driving on its own, but the safety add-ons like adaptive cruise control, lane assist and brakes assist (self braking) systems are notable on the list. While still under existence, they are controlled manually. But why strain humans for it when it operates for itself.
Take Tesla’s autopilot system, which uses all these to operate semi-independently. Drivers still need to remain responsible behind the wheel, but it makes highway commutes easier, keeping within the chosen lane and monitoring the cars around with an array of sensors along the exterior.
Bosch has also demonstrated its ability to have all these systems communicate with its traffic jam assist technology. This system, with the help of a stereo video camera which achieves perception of depth the same way our two eyes allow, traffic jam assists makes the gridlock under 35 miles per hour slightly more bearable. Autonomous cars, where we push the power button, enter a destination, and then open the newspaper, will still be a challenge by 2018. But driver-assist technologies will make our cars feel like they drive themselves. Though 100% Human-less is not achieved.
5 years out and its 2021
It’s time when all the expected superhero movies coming to end, the fantasies might be coming into reality. Johnny Mnemonic styled courier delivery, Augmented Reality Rhinoceros roaming around the forest as they possess a greatest possibility of becoming extinct and rarest case of having well-educated youth running politics. Jokes apart!
Even so, today’s new tech will be old hat by 2021. In five years, the very idea of a car without a built-in internet connection should be as absurd as buying a laptop without Wi-Fi today. And you’ll speak to dumbfounded youth about songs coming on the “radio” while they remind you that cloud-based music libraries are available with a simple voice command.
Driver-assist features will have dramatically improved along with the connectivity, with plans for vehicle-to-vehicle communication, like that demonstrated by Ford. The ubiquity of networking will allow cars to sense each other, giving drivers an extended perception of what’s nearby. Say the car ahead of you suddenly swerves right to avoid another vehicle that stopped short. The swerving driver had an extra split-second to perceive the imminent danger and narrowly avoid the collision — you aren’t so lucky.
With a connected car network, your car would sense the disabled one instantly, applying the brakes before you could even see the problem. Ford takes the car’s awareness of its surroundings even further, experimenting with Light sensor systems allowing the car to see the world around it in real-time. It’s sort of like how SONAR (SOund Navigation And Ranging) maps co-ordinates with sound waves, but with light which is mimicked by Ford as LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging).
Elon Musk said in 2014 about autonomous vehicles and advanced technology will be a thunderbolt of Automobile industry just when dudes of Ford, Apple, and Google made similar projections.
10 years out and its 2026
If so, cars will have to be accommodating for the hands-off moments. Volvo, heavily exploring self-driving car technology, is preparing for this eventuality with ideas like its Concept 26 design study. This demonstrates how a car’s cabin will be configured to change depending on the driving mode — kick back and relax, watch a film, or connect to the Internet and do your office work on mobile or a possible HUD of your car.
Cars Of The Future: Automakers (masters) like Audi and Mercedes-Benz believe that in 10 years of industrial evolution, there might be cars with autonomous features sophisticated enough for regular use without biting your pocket at that point of time. This idea still seems fanciful today, despite the great leaps we’ve seen in recent years. Bosch’s vision of autonomous driving is more realistically rooted, believing that full autonomy will be relegated to highways, with drivers needing full control only around local streets.
But there still rises a hypothetical question – “Should your self-driving car kill you to save a school bus full of kids?”
81% of British 14-year-olds surveyed said that their first car would be electric. What’s more, 88% of all respondents said they believed more people should already be driving a hybrid or plug-in electric car in order to protect the environment. The takeaway from the survey is that societal attitudes are changing toward acceptance of electric cars. Social change often takes a generation or two to evolve. We don’t need a “Futurologist” to tell us that.
Young people are very aware of environmental issues and it is great that they also notice that electric cars will be cheaper to run, so it is a clear win-win.
Cars Of The Future Will Be Unpredictable
Perhaps we will incorporate these ideas into one: Cars with the ability to drive and compute independently, but communicating through the cloud. These vehicles will “sense” which cars are on the highway — even the ones that aren’t in autopilot mode. Let’s face it: Many people will still be cruising along in old-school classics like our 2000 Mitsubishi Lancers. Cars of the self-driving era will keep an eye on those old clunkers thanks to myriad LiDAR sensors and small camera arrays.
And with such a set up, a fully autonomous highway system built to work with our current infrastructure doesn’t seem that farfetched. The future may be impossible to predict, but we’re the ones making it; it’s up to us to decide what we want to happen.
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