Saving energy, lowering pollution and an advanced automobile technology equipped with a wide array of automotive features are the key attributes of the futuristic automobile models. The vehicles of the future, often inspired by science fiction, rely on clean affordable fuel for powering their engines. In addition, the driverless autonomous system would enhance the safety of the vehicle by eliminating human errors.
The following futuristic models could be a solution to future transportation challenges where a vehicle must compromise with limited parking space and traffic congestion on urban roads.
General Motors in association with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation unveiled the eco friendly Electric Networked Vehicle or EN-V concept at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai last year. The unique automobile technology incorporated in the vehicle combines petroleum free technology with innovative driving features, which could be operated both manually as well as autonomously.
The two-seater GM EN-V variants, named Jiao (Pride), Xiao (Laugh) and Miao (Magic), will run on electric motors. The built-in dynamic stabilization system automatically stabilizes the vehicle regardless of the driving condition. With the drive-by-wire system, the vehicle could be controlled autonomously. The Lithium-Ion batteries could power the engine for at least 40 kilometers on a single charge. The GPS-based navigation, advanced wireless communication system and the built-in sensors and cameras minimizes the risk of accidents.
Propelled by four 120KW battery-powered electric engine, Autonomi, conceptualized by Anthony Franze, is a fully autonomous vehicle. The concept, which might become a reality in the future, features seats that can rotate by 180 degrees. The design of the vehicle is inspired by the traditional Chinese principles that balance the various parameters to ensure sustainable development.
ZMP RoBoCar MEV
RoBoCar, built by Japanese carmaker ZMP, features an advanced autonomous system comprising of onboard computers and built-in speed sensor, inertia measurement unit and laser range finder. The powertrain of the vehicle fueled by electricity could move on the right track without the aid of a human driver. Equipped with steer-by-wire, the ZMP models offer optional automatic steering function and brake-by-wire system.
EV 2020, with its unique rounded design, is loaded with sensors and processors to facilitate driverless driving experience. The futuristic vehicle, conceptualized by industrial designer Robin Long, will be propelled by NAV-I Driver System. The GPS-based navigation will enable users to commute safely through congested city roads. The emission-free vehicle will be powered by rechargeable batteries.
Jaguar Mark XXI – Bionomic Autonomous Limousine
The emission-free vehicles of the future will utilize the power of sunlight to power their engines. The Jaguar Mark XXI concept, designed by Chris Pollard, amalgamates autonomous driving technology with a solar-powered engine. The photovoltaic panels installed on the body of the vehicle will harness solar energy for recharging the onboard batteries.
Zagato People Mover
The futuristic driverless podcar would take you to your destination, moving through traffic snarls, as soon as you punch in your desired destination on a console installed in the vehicle. The emission-free vehicle will run on rechargeable batteries that can power the engine for over three hours. The built-in sensors automatically sense obstacles and slow down the car instantly to avoid collisions.
Nothing can be better than a car that takes you to your destination simply by asking a question, “Where can I take you?” ATNMBL, a futuristic autonomous car concept, designed by Mike and Maaike, is an electric car with electric glass sliding doors. The autonomous driving system eliminates driver’s seat, steering wheels and pedals from the vehicle.
Researchers at MIT have developed small two-seater passenger cars that target tourists visiting the city. The Stackable Electric Robot Cars could be rented from kiosks in major cities. The small electric cars are equipped with autonomous driving, braking and suspension systems.
AXI Robot Taxi
Industrial designer Kubik Peter has given the AXI Robot Taxi two seats and a small luggage space. The tiny vehicle, ideally suited for congested urban roads, will be propelled by a battery-powered electric engine. The human cabbie will be replaced by an autonomous driving unit.
Most of the futuristic autonomous emission-free vehicles are small two-seaters. John Bukasa has designed a larger salon that can house seven passengers, including four adults and three children. The four-in-wheel motor of Guardian Vehicle could be powered by Lithium-ion batteries that can be recharged with either solar power or electricity. The enhanced safety features incorporated in the automated driving system minimizes the risk of collisions. On the entertainment front, the vehicle will boast of large touchscreen TV, movie units and gaming console.