Science fiction has been providing us with astonishing and imaginative depictions of futuristic automobiles for many years. The famous
10. iCar (Apple)
Technology giant Apple Inc., ventured into the automobile market with the commencement of Project Titan. This bold endeavor marks a significant step for the once computer manufacturer. The project is tight-lipped and shrouded in secrecy. It’s rumored that Apple offered impressive packages to key personnel at Tesla Motors to defect and join Titan. It’s expected that Apple is developing their version of the electric car. Its ambitious goal is to deliver it to market by 2019. Examining the list of industry leaders working on the project, it’s almost a sure bet that self-driving technology is part of the plan for the iCar. One can also assume full integration with Apple’s other services making this possibly the most connected car on the planet.
9. BIOME (Mercedes)
Mercedes has vowed to revolutionize the automobile manufacturing industry with its most recent concept that debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show. This environmentally friendly, impressive looking car consists mostly of organically grown components rather than traditional steel. Its designer refers to it as a natural technology hybrid and a truly green car. The main body and structural materials would be made from what Mercedes calls BioFibre. It’s expected to be lighter than metal yet stronger than steel. The entirely finished vehicle will weigh only 875 lbs. which will aid significantly in fuel economy ambitions.
8. BladeGlider (Nissan)
For most of automotive history, cars have been built on essentially a square framed chassis consisting of four wheels. Not a whole lot has changed in this respect. Although there have been a few forays into three-wheeled cars in the past, stability has been a chronic concern. Nissan believes they’ve solved the puzzle and have plans to introduce the first commercially available triangular shaped chassis on four wheels. Its arrow-shaped body is purported to be superior in fuel economy due to its impressive aerodynamics. With its stable four-wheeled construction, it boasts the best of both worlds in performance and efficiency.
7. The Strati (Local Motors)
Highly impressive and utterly cool is the Strati. It is the brainchild of Local Motors, a Phoenix based car manufacturer. What makes this one of the more promising cars of the future is that the body is entirely 3D printed. Automakers have been using 3D printing technology for decades, however, it’s been almost exclusively for making models and quick prototype parts. The automaker debuted its new technology at a recent auto show. The car was entirely printed in plain sight during the show and then when the show was over, it was literally driven off the stage. Perhaps even more impressive is that the company crowdsources its designs, making this perhaps the world’s largest ever automobile collaboration.
6. FT-1 (Toyota)
In the FT-1 concept car, Toyota completely reinvented cockpit design. Its goal was to create a safer and more intuitive driving experience. Today’s modern car is chock full of gadgets, features and displays with no shortage of buttons to push. At the same time, driving etiquette and regulatory expectations have become more safety minded over the years. How does one reconcile the need for safety with the need to stay ever more connected to information at all times? The FT-1 draws inspiration from video game controllers and combines the use of large buttons arranged strategically for optimal tactile driving feedback. Its intuitive driver interface is operated literally with subtle movements of one’s own thumb.
5. Google Car
Autonomous driving has been a dream of car manufacturers for many decades. Google Inc. has made producing a car that drives itself one of its key objectives in recent years. Perhaps its foothold in the digital technology industry combined with its extensive global mapping efforts has put it in a unique position to make a serious contribution in the field. Car makers have been using elements of this technology for years, such as self-parking and vehicle proximity sensors. The single biggest stumbling block to total autonomy has been a lack of mapping data and processing power to dissect the data in a dynamic on-road environment. With google entering the picture, we are steadily seeing strides in mapping technology. Perhaps within only a few years, you will start to see driverless taxis coming to a town near you.
4. 918 Spyder (Porsche)
Porsche has taken the call for fuel economy seriously. However at Porsche, they refuse to sacrifice performance and styling; two traits synonymous with their image. Enter the 918 Spyder. This supercar epitomizes achievement in hybrid technology. It features not one, but two electric motors that produce no emissions along with superior battery technology. They are so advanced that as a result, this baby can zip from 0 to 60 mph in only 2.5 seconds. For convenience, charging the vehicle can be accomplished while driving in V8 engine mode allowing the driver to switch between electric and conventional modes without stopping.
3. EN-V (Chevrolet)
The Chevy EN-V concept car is futuristic and unique in just appearances alone. Its upright body puts the driver in a standing position while in motion. Indeed, it’s not too surprising considering that this car of the future was designed in partnership with Segway, the personal mover manufacturer. This vehicle is GM’s contribution to sustainable urban mobility. The vehicle is purported to be fully networked, not only to the internet and cellular worlds but also in its ability to communicate with other cars around it. Using GPS, an array of sensors and its communication with surrounding cars, the EN-V will be able to literally drive itself. For futuristic cities full of congestion and pollution, the EN-V hopes to fill a much-anticipated niche. The EN-V is undoubtedly one of the more unique cars of the future.
2. sQuba (Rinspeed)
Swiss company Rinspeed drew inspiration from various movies when concocting the sQuba. This truly futuristic car is the first that can be driven either on land or completely submerged underwater. Although back in the 1960s you could actually purchase an amphibious car, the sQuba offers something new and unique that has never been possible before. Once the sQuba is submerged it allows the driver to freely maneuver similar to a submarine, in the depths below. It doesn’t rely on its wheels to propel it across the lake bed. It uses propeller technology. There’s only one catch; prepare to get wet. This open topped car is not water tight. So bring a change of clothes with you.
This concept by Mohammad Ghezel is a true standout when it comes to cars of the future. If you were thinking that it just looks like a spinning drum then you weren’t far off. This electrically driven concept includes a passenger compartment within a single giant wheel hub. The hub, fitted with a rubber outer ring is driven by the electric motor. The gyroscopic interior helps to keep the whole vehicle balanced and its occupants upright. Is this a futuristic car or motorcycle? You be the judge. One thing is for certain though, the future of automotive technology looks bright.