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Predicting the future isn’t as straightforward as peering into a crystal ball. It’s difficult to foresee how our world, and the technology we shape it with, will change in years to come. When it comes to the vehicles we use to chauffeur ourselves across the planet, trends in development can be much easier to identify.
The last few years have seen many new technologies being introduced to the cars we use every day. Features such as air conditioning, satellite navigation systems, iPod docking, wi-fi and video have all slowly crept into the mainstream, alongside constant improvements in safety. Our own executive, chauffeur driven cars at Airport Lynx offer many of these features for the comfort and safety of all our passengers.
What can we expect from our vehicles in the future? Are the possibilities really as endless as we’re led to believe, or will we arrive at the point where a car is no longer a car but something else entirely? Let’s take a look at some of the possibilities.
As we become more conscious of the impact we have on the environment, we are seeing the increasing use of cars that aren’t solely dependable on one type of fuel. Hybrid cars using a combination of power sources – notably electricity – are beginning to be a common sight on our roads.
With cars such as the BMW i8- a plug-in hybrid with 1.5-liter, three-cylinder twin turbo, anticipated in the summer of 2014, we could say farewell to those unsightly original hybrids and look forward to much better performance and aesthetics.
In 2014 we can also expect to see advancements in cars that use automatic gear technology. The new Mercedes C-Class will be released this year. This dynamic new saloon, which boasts a sleek look and large interior, will also have the option for an upgraded seven speed auto version and nine speed transmission to follow. When Mercedes lead like this, other manufacturers usually follow. Watch this space!
Delving further into the years to come we may see much grander technological developments taking shape.
Google have already tested self-driving cars on over 200,000 miles worth of roads, using on-board technology to record images and find alternative routes. Self-parking cars are already available!
Augmented Reality Dashboards are also in the pipeline, with BMW already integrating a windshield display into some of their vehicles, providing some basic information. Expect to see dashboards that can identify objects and measure their proximity in the near future.
It’s interesting to see just how far we’ve come over the decades of car design and development. Once this kind of innovation was something we’d imagine alongside space exploration and flying taxis, but such leaps in technology now seam feasible.
We would like to reassure you that Airport Lynx won’t be letting driver-less cars loose on unsuspecting customers any time soon – we’ll leave the driving in the capable hands of our professional chauffeurs. I wonder just how far into the future we’ll have to wait before these things are part of the norm.