The car of the future can say that a 2025 model will be a completely different machine for its current grandfather. They will be packed with computers and security devices that ensure that even a stunt driver can not crash and they will drive on carbon dioxide and deliver strawberries fragrant oxygen. Well they maybe.
However some of the car related advanced technology that can be developed can now make it possible for future production models. But how much of this technology will be needed or even desired? Current image design has already been influenced by political bureaucrats health and safety regulations and emission regulations and the fantastic concept seen on the motor show appears in the world as a 1.0 liter shopping cart but at least its legal.
Personally I think of fuel efficient hybrid cars and fuel cell cars that emit nothing but water. But like most enthusiasts I also like powerful high convertibles with the ability to snap a 10 step vertabrae. A sensible blend is therefore necessary and this is the job assigned to car designers and future engineers to make a politically correct car that is also desirable.
Another immerent problem faced by the designers of the future comes up with styling ideas that are fresh and new. Some of the latter concepts are really striking but not necessarily beautiful in the classic sense of the word. But if there is one thing the automotive industry is good at its innovation and Im convinced that radical and extreme concepts that have never been predicted continue to show up at motorhows around the world.
Computer technology has already got hold of the car and the modern driver is less and less responsible for the actions of their vehicles. Crash victims will soon try to sue the electronics companies for accidents that they caused because their computer system failed to brake the car even though they were fast asleep at the wheel on a three way highway. Until you automate each individual vehicle on each road computer cars are not only possible in my mind there are only too many on the road variables with all the worlds logic that you can not beat a brain. Now computer aided driving is already available in some Mercedes models that brake for you if you do not look where you go and your too close to the car but there is still a driver who is in control of the car or is there. What if you want to get closer to the car in front of you had to get closer to the car if you did not get closer to the car something would be terrible with civilization. Where do you go with automotive automation?
In the future of the future CCTV will be so widespread that visible crimes such as car theft are all but being wiped out but it will not stop the determined thief. Global Positioning System GPS devices that are standard for all new cars will be able to track vehicles at any time anywhere this technique is common but more widespread use is inevitable. In the UK the government is already talking about installing GPS to charge drivers depending on the route they travel and on what occasions to reduce congestion. This technology combined with an enhanced mobile and bluetooth network can be used to track and restore stolen vehicles. When the vehicle is stolen a call can be made which turns off the cars engine. At the same time a call is sent which warnings are located near the police using GPS installed in both the stolen car and the police car staff can track the car even if they can not see it. The police will also get a lot more insight into a car record when its out on patrol using Bluetooth technology a police car can tune a vehicle and get information about the owners current driver and their driving history and even find out the latest top speed and acceleration figures. Of course who wants you to think youve only had a fun little blast on your favorite track youll be pulled over five miles later and the officer will give you a ticket for something he did not see. But if this technique is mandatory what are you doing for the election?
Access to future cars can be very different from the keys for todays pushbutton encoding and key card systems where the key does not even leave you got as already available will become a regular place. You hear the term turnkey mail but still use a remote control that is connected to a key that is then used to start the car. Biometrics that are available on some computer systems and use fingerprints as passwords can be an effective alternative to the key you can also program it for family members who decide between access only for the children or access and driving features for those who have licenses.