Like other things, cars have evolved with time, thanks to manufacturers who always keep an eye on cutting edge technologies for transport vehicles. A typical four-wheeled car’s main purpose is to transport, but we have moved farther from that.
As we move towards the future, car makers are also preparing more advanced cars to enable comfort for people and, well, for car geeks, it’s more than that, of course. We’re already talking about electric vehicles and self-driving vehicles here. We’ll give you a preview of some of them here:
Toyota FCV Plus self-driving car
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Toyota proves that they’re a company that’s way more than the typical sedans. In 2015, the car maker has unveiled a futuristic and spaceship-looking car called FCV Plus. This concept car is from Toyota is more than just style; it runs on hydrogen fuel, which means, it’s eco-friendly too. FCV Plus is one of those potential cars for the future, but as the car maker continues to work on perfecting the vehicle, we can just wait for now.
Mercedes Benz’ F 015 Luxury in Motion self-driving car
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Mercedez Benz is also not allowing itself to get left behind and is also working on its own self-driving car. As a matter of fact, on top of wowing the audience at the Consumer Electronics Show, the some lucky pedestrians in San Francisco were also lucky to spot the amusing capsule-looking vehicle on the streets as Benz began to test drive it beginning some two years ago. Aiming for class and luxury, Benz envisions a lounge looking four seater design for its interior.
GAC WitStar Concept autonomous vehicle in China
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China, which seems to have answers in every commodity, has this WitStar concept that looks somehow similar with the Benz self-driving concept. The difference is, this vehicle has a gull wing door and an option to drive of to autopilot. I bet this would be much cheaper than the Benz as well.
Tata ConnectNext electric car
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Even Indian car maker Tata is in the loop with futuristic cars. As early as 2014, it has already made a prototype of its expected modern vehicle. This five-seater electric car boasts design and functionality: it has floating seats and highly-technological features, such as the steering wheel active indicators, augmented navigation and infotainment.
Tesla’s Model 3 electric self-driving car
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An autonomous vehicles list will not be complete without Tesla, of course. it’s not only an autonomous vehicle, it’s also eco-friendly as it would run on electricity and can travel at least 215 miles on a single charge. It’s rumored to begin production this year, so start pre-ordering for this modern vehicle because it already has more than 400,000 pre-orders to date!
LeEco’s LeSEE self-driving car in China
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Meanwhile, China’s LeEco has also made its own self-driving car concept in an attempt to compete with Tesla. But what sets it differently from Tesla, is its goal to change the taxi industry in China, compared to Tesla, which is generally marketing for the general public.
Electric RoboBuses in Finland
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Self-driving technology is not only focused in sedans. Just like this cute-looking self-driving bus which is set to roam around the streets of Finland this year!
Harry, the driverless pod in Greenwich, England
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U.K. does not want to get left behind and created their own driverless pod, 100 of which is set to roam in the city, is set to launch in July.
Lutz Pathfinder self-driving car in the UK
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Meanwhile, this vehicle doesn’t look like an actual car, but it is. The makers of Lutz Pathfinder is already testing the vehicle out in the streets to understand how it will react to the city environment such as pedestrians. Indeed, the company seems to be preparing for a safer and smarter community. Cheers!
General Motor’s Electronic Networked-Vehicle
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Similar to Lutz Pathfinder is this cutesy concept self-driving vehicle from General Motors. Apart from typical technologies like GPS, it also has the capability to “communicate” to other similar vehicles as means to maneuver the traffic.
Saving the world is a lot of work, but it can be done one step at a time. Electric cars are rapidly improving, and now Tesla’s Model 3 is the one that pushes the envelope the furthest.
Electric cars and hybrids, in a lesser way, are the way of the future if we plan to leave an inhabitable planet for the next generation, but they hadn’t really been viable up until now. Either because they just have short ranges or extremely high entry points, the common user chose to sacrifice the well-being of the planet for usability. This might soon change, though, as Tesla’s $35,000 Model 3 is the first of its kind with a long, useful range, and a decent price if you factor that you won’t need gas anymore as you can recharge for free it at any Tesla Supercharger stations. A price of $35.000 is less than half of previous models, which ranged between $100,000 and $70,000 anyways, and factoring in how much this car’s battery lasts (you can actually plan roadtrips!), this is a steal.
Tesla Motors’ had their patents go open source recently, which is a great thing for consumers as more companies might opt for alternative energy sources if this model does well, and it should, as the Model 3 is everything an electric car should be.
Via The Mary Sue