TodayApril 15, 2022

The future of electric vehicles and flying cars

The future of flying or driving cars

The auto industry is a fascinating look into the future if you’re interested in innovation. If you think that there’s not a lot, you can change about a car you are wrong. While a car will still have four wheels and take you from A to B, the powertrain will change dramatically. When you look at the dramatic changes in automobiles over the last decade, it’s exciting to ponder what lurks on the horizon.

Clearly, you can’t predict anything with 100% certainty. Still, you can look at the current trends and concepts in the auto industry and come up with a fairly accurate idea as to what future cars will look like. Let’s take a look at some of the main features you can expect to see in the next generation of cars:

Wireless Charging Electric Cars

Could we see a world where there are absolutely zero emissions created by people driving their cars? It’s possible, but the main drawback of electric cars is that the charging stations for them aren’t readily available. As such, there’s already been some experimenting with the idea of wireless charging pads. This works in the same way as mobile phone charges wireless. But, you could install these pads in parking garages and up and down the country. Cars can be charged to their maximum capacity; then, the charger cuts off. It means electric vehicles can be charged a lot easier and without any cables.

Indestructible Windows

The thought of an indestructible car is a pretty one. However, it’s unlikely to ever be a thing. In contrast, we may see indestructible windows. You’ve probably all seen the infamous Tesla demo where the supposedly indestructible windows smashed. It was embarrassing, but the idea behind the windows is a good one. It would limit the need for window repairs or a windshield replacement, making cars a lot safer. Safety seems to be on a lot of car manufacturer’s minds right now. We see loads of cool safety tech all the time, so perhaps it’s time for a more physical approach. 

Personal Vehicles

A lot of people often ponder the idea of flying cars in the future. It will work the same way flying an airplane works; you will need a different license. It’s simple a logistical direction taken from the FAA, planning invisible roads in the air for people to travel. One of the next developments in the auto industry could be a move towards much smaller, more personal vehicles. This is because the world is becoming more populated, and there are so many city developments happening all the time. There’s less space for the modern person, which may mean we need smaller vehicles to get around in. This could also cut emissions down as smaller cars are easier to run electrically. It’s just an idea, but one that could be very practical in the future.

For all we know, the future of the auto industry could be entirely different from what’s discussed above. But, based on trends and educated guesses, these are the main things to keep on your radar. Regardless, with so many new technological advancements in recent years, the future of cars is very exciting.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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