Future cars will be autonomous, with electrical mechanics, no CO2 emissions, and Internet access at all times.
Air pollution has never been so alarming as today, which means transport in the future will rely on electrical mechanics to avoid CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. Not only vehicles but transportation in general will replace fuel propulsion by batteries.
The way we drive at present will also be very different in a few years’ time. Can you imagine a driverless car? Well, it will not take too long to see an autopilot. In fact, some vehicles currently sold in the market already have a semi-automatic pilot for motorways. By 2020, drivers will become one more passenger, and by 2015 the number of self-driving vehicles will be significant.
How will safety be assured? For cars to perfectly ‘see’ everything around them, they will be equipped with built-in cameras, radars and sensors, and image and trajectory analysis software.
An example of future cars is the vehicle designed by Tesla. Elon Musk’s company has announced plans for a new hardware on vehicles consisting of eight cameras with 360º visibility around the vehicle covering a distance of 250 metres. This will be complemented with twelve ultrasonic sensors to detect hard and soft objects at twice that distance and a radar at the front that will be able to see in adverse weather conditions such as fog, snow, rain, or dust clouds. Reported by Muy Interesante.
In fact, Elon Musk is not only changing the way we drive cars. He intends to revolutionise the way we conceive transport. In a competition held in January 2016, students from universities worldwide shared their projects for the Hyperloop, the train of the future. One of the winning projects was Hyperloop Makers UPV, by students from the Polytechnic University of Valencia who won two awards: best design and best propulsion system. We invite you to watch the interview they had with ISTOBAL. Watch the video.
Finally, transport will foster the concept of “The Internet of things”. This term makes reference to the digital interconnection of objects and machines using the Internet to improve efficiency and life quality for all. For example, connectivity on new vehicles will imply interesting functionalities such as opening and closing doors remotely, using the GPS to find the vehicle on a map, and starting the engine from an application on your smart phone. It will also improve car maintenance and safety. We will know the condition of the vehicle and tyre pressures, we will be able to charge the battery… and many other applications.
Are you ready to ride the future?