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What will cars look like in 2050?

Posted on: August 20, 2014 by Platinum Direct

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It’s the year 2050. You are sitting behind the steering wheel of your quaint, cable-charged car. Only, you have your arms on your lap and you are kicking back as your automous driving car meanders itself along the road, navigating its own way to your destination.

While this is merely a figment of the imagination here in 2014, these ideas are actually not as farfetched as you may think. In fact, with the advancement of the internet of things, car companies such as Toyota and Volkswagen and even Google are already scheduling to start the mass-production of driverless cars as early as 2015.

Driverless Car
Image: www.theguardian.com

To illustrate this point, Google engineers have already put the pioneers of self-driving cars to the test – experimenting with how well they can drive across more than 300,000 kilometres of public road without the helping hand of a human. These cars are equipped with location-based technologies like those underlying Google Maps and Google Glass, meaning all you have to do is say where you want to go and enjoy the ride.

With the testing proving successful, it is predicted that we will be seeing these self-driving cars in showrooms within the next few years. So, I suppose cars of the future will be looking a lot more autonomous than they do now. Have you heard of Navia’s 100 percent electric, automated transport shuttle?

While not the fastest guy on the track, it is able to ferry about eight passengers around areas like city-centres using onboard lasers and senses to navigate around obstacles.

With robotic devices like this existing today, we have all the more reason to say that cars by 2050 will be self-driving and looking more electric, and less-gas dependent than what we know.

Navia 100
Image: popularmechanics.com

This is obviously good news for the environment and those who are conscientious about energy-usage when they buy a car.

The futurist think tank, the Da Vinci Institute, suggests that the car industry will also explore the concept of ‘binary-powered vehicles’ – friction-free, no-moving-part cars powered by beams of energy.

While vehicles in 2050 are thought to generally cost lower than those today – under $5000 according to Da Vincii Institute papers – car finance will probably remain a popular way to gaining a car. This means that the ideal ways that exist today for getting a car can still be used to make life all the easier in 2050.

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