Glimpse of Future Cars
These cars will be hallmark of freedom to push our imagination beyond the realm of human boundaries
|| SUNAIN SHAFI
Everyone wonders what future cars will look like. Despite so many breathtaking inventions the designers haven’t stopped from trying their hands to come with new inventions. Qualities like comfortable seating arrangement, safety, speed and even techniques to avoid traffic jams are some of the ideas that every designer want to be known for. No one would have imagined about iPhone 7 with applications that can start windows with gestures of hand like a feather falling on a surface of water. Yet, while imaging a future car there are certain question which need answers. Google has already tested vehicles in Northern California. A prototype by Toyota was reported to have injured itself, although Google claimed it was driven by a human. While driving, Lexus GX 460, if you are about to fall asleep, the powerful facing sensors will get to know if you are paying attention. It will simultaneously alert you and may even apply breaks in a split second. It can safely avoid collision next time a kid runs on road suddenly much faster than a human could. An automotive analyst Thili Kosowski is reported to have said that the next step in car making is to have a product that can think autonomously besides self-governed driving. Next time you want to have fun you can put your car on auto mode and enjoy your sandwich plus a favorite movie.
While driving, Lexus GX 460, if you are about to fall asleep, the powerful facing sensors will get to know if you are paying attention. It will simultaneously alert you and may even apply breaks in a split second.
The car may even take you to the hospital if you are not so well. “Yes, that is possible because future road will be equipped with communication sensors and every car would be communicating with other cars besides sharing its exact GPS location,” Tom Winoski, a futurist car designer was quoted as saying. With LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensors you can sit back, relax or even sleep while your car drives. You may be thinking that it is too much to accept but wait, this concept has already been successfully demonstrated by GM with En-V concept car y ears a go. A few decades from now there will be billions of cars roaming the earth and most of them will be in the cities but there will be no traffic jams, the OECD has reported.
There is no reason to suspect it as engineers have already tightened nut bolts to make your cars fly. Yes, you will press the button and take off your favorite car. Terrafugia, the Massachusetts-based maker of several flying prototypes, despite not releasing a one, has not stopped its vision for the future of personal transportation—a flying car. Company’s Transition is its most famous creation. It looks more like a plane than a car. But you still will have to follow the traffic rules. There are several conventions held yearly to discuss and review current flying car projects. Two notable events in the United States are the Flying Car forum held at the EAA Air venture at Oshkosh,Wiscinson, and the Society of Automotive engineers (SAE) conventions held in various cities. With a push of a button your car will position its rotatory engines and wait for a go from you. What if the engine fails while flying? “Don’t worry it will have a backup engine to make you land safely,” Robert Burno, a car futurist has said. Do you remember that fact which you used to learn in an elementary school of water being three fourth of earth’s surface. Amphibious vehicles are also part of the future cars’ sequel. They will take you to famous islands and that too without making your single hair wet. A Swiss company called Rinspeed has already announced its newest project: an underwater car.
Amphibious vehicles are also part of the future cars’ sequel. They will take you to famous islands and that too without making your single hair wet.
The car can both be driven on land and make you dive under the sea. The cutting- edge technology will allow your car to swim with the help of propellers in the stern and jet drives in the bow. The on-board oxygen system and pressure adjusting system will make passenger to breathe fresh air. The future cars will run on anything: solar, hydrogen, battery, even something called as binary power. Cars will run on multiple fuels and Toyota has already produced a version of ‘Prius’ that uses gas, electricity and solar energy. This will make our environment safe. With least emission of deadly pollutants the earth will be a better place to live and breathe in. The least-polluting-engine is a task that is at the top of to-do list of engineers. The cars will be mostly built of damage proof materials like advanced form of carbon-fiber. In fact there is already a lot done in R&D labs to make complete car of carbon fiber and reinforced steel.
The material according to experts will help maintain car temperature and even keep you away from noise outside so that there is no hindrance to your dream while you sleep. You may be wondering that future cars will be heavy on your pocket. Don’t you? Well if your answer is in affirmative then you are wrong. Future transportation will be less costly because of high standard fuels that cost less and competition between companies to make use of materials that are less expensive for them. No butts about it, the future cars will be hallmark of freedom. There is an inherited freedom to move beyond the limits of our current cocoon of imagination- a curiosity that will lead our voyage into the reality. We will kiss the Everest with our cars— that’s for sure. The signs of it being reality have already begun.