Thursday, January 3, 2013

5 Auto Predictions for the Next 10 Years

When we think back to all those old fashioned science fiction films of the 1950s, we should be driving flying cars by now and dinner should be made by robots. Even as far back as the 1980s, Marty McFly was floating around on a hover board and had self-closing runners. Sadly none of these things made it to the mainstream.

However, here are some exciting predictions relating to cars and transport for the next hundred years or so based on what science believes is possible – no hover boards here.

Software Predicts Traffic Jams

The notion of ending up in traffic jams is one that puts a shiver down most of our spines. However, the roads of the future will come equipped with GPS, roadside sensors and linked to data and algorithms that will predict when things are going tails up. This will mean we may know of an issue hours before it occurs and so can avoid the area, or it can even be prevented.

Electric Cars

Electric cars will increase in prevalence and also in the distances they can do – however, they will still not do nearly as far as traditional cars. One significant improvement to conquer range issues will come with fast charging points that can fuel cars up in minutes, making the electric car a more common sight.

Truly Connected

The car of the near future will be truly connected and this will make the driving experience amazingly easy. These changes will account for a number of things.

  • Cars will communicate with traffic lights
  • Cars will interact with other cars to prevent accidents
  • You will be able to connect with your home network and set up your in-car playlists from your living room
  • Cars will be connected to bank accounts and pay for petrol automatically
  • Cars will inform you if someone dents your car and record footage of the incident.

3D Printing

More and more car parts will be produced using 3D printing. This will make for faster, lower costing parts that can be produced when and as needed. Expect to see these printers first in garages and then in your home. You simply pay and download the part needed and then print in in your home from your own 3D device.

Car Tires and Bacteria

Car tyres are made from natural rubber and this is produced by trees. In the future this will be produced from coli microbes to keep up with the demand. This bacteria produces the rubber as a by-product of metabolising plant sugar and Goodyear are currently testing the results.

The future looks amazing and also bright – so, let’s look forward to a lot more happy driving.

Cormac Reynolds is a car lover and tech nut and writes for First Vehicle Leasing a UK contract hire company

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