Mercedes Benz BIOME
Mercedes Benz is often at the forefront of car technologies and they have now even looked to completely change not just the cars themselves, but how they are actually made. The BIOME car, which was first revealed at the Los Angeles Design Challenge, is a completely unique idea that sees a car that rather than being manufactured completely on a production line, could instead be grown. Featuring natural materials, Mercedes Benz sees the BIOME as a possible future for the motor industry, utilizing the resources given off by nature in conjunction with the latest technology. The biggest feature is a specially grown material called BioFibre that is incredibly light but also super strong.
Many car companies are exploring person mobility vehicles as the potential future of the car. They are essentially small vehicles, which are able to carry just one or two people and are designed especially for the tight urban streets of major cities. Toyota’s own project based on this concept is the iRoad. It is small and lightweight, almost like a cross between a motorcycle and a car. This makes it ideal for commuting in busy traffic and would allow people to park much more easily than they could in a traditional car. Engineers from Toyota are also confident that the iRoad is far safer than a motorcycle, thanks to its strong outer shell and the warning system in place to help drivers avoid problems.
Google Self-Driving Car
The Google Self-Driving Car is perhaps the most famous example of an autonomous car that can travel on the road without the need of any input from a driver. Using a number of different sensors, including a LIDAR system that sits on top of the car, as well as detailed maps pre-loaded into the software, the vehicle is able to navigate on roads. The future that Google envisions for these cars is that it hopes they would help solve a large number of problems. By allowing anyone to get in the vehicles, it means that those who cannot drive can still travel longer distances, alleviate the issue of drunk driving and even reduce the number of road traffic accidents significantly.
The EN-V is a concept car currently being worked on by General Motors in partnership with Segway and SAIC. It is suggested as the possible solution for the future, when increasingly large populations and growing cities become even more crowded. The EN-V would make travelling in such places on busy roads simpler and would help alleviate the problem of overcrowding thanks to its small design. Using technology developed by Segway, the small car is able to balance perfectly despite its thin base. It is also eco-friendly thanks to small portable electric motors that power each of the two wheels independently.
The BMW GINA is a car that the German company has been developing since 2001. Various models have been shown at trade shows and it has grabbed attention because of the unique material it is made out of. Unlike other sports cars that use lightweight metals or strong polymers such as aluminum or carbon fiber, the GINA uses a super strong fabric that stretches over the chassis. The seamless fabric can even change shape, allowing things like spoilers to emerge from the car. Other features include self-moving seats and a steering wheel that can sit in an idle position to make entering and exiting the vehicle easier.