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Self-driving cars, virtual dashboards and hydrogen engines – these are just a few of the latest advancements we’ve seen in car technology. While many developments are designed to improve our driving experience and safety, some are just outrageous.
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1. Virtual car doctor
Partnering with Microsoft, BlueMetal Architects and Healthrageous, Ford is set to create a new technology known as the ‘Doctor in Your Car’. This virtual medic captures your biometric data and uploads it to the HealthVault cloud, where you can access a personalised wellbeing report.
The research and development team at Ford realised that consumers were spending a lot more on wellbeing. That’s when Ford decided to include health features in cars, to give the brand ‘an edge in the competitive automotive market’. The virtual medic will be able to:
• Offer a full health check-up while driving
• Monitor your heart from the driver’s seat
• Display glucose readings in the dashboard display
• Measure temperature with infrared cameras
• Send data to your real doctor for further analysis
2. Tank turning tyres
After a 2019 video of an SUV with turning tyres, reports revealed that it was actually CGI and the idea was believed to be a hoax. But American automaker Rivian has now released an official video of its ‘Tank Turn’ feature, where each wheel has its own electric motor, so they can rotate independently. The SUV in the video can be seen spinning 360° without moving forward, just like a tank.
3. Mobile diagnostics drones
Mechanics’ jobs shouldn’t be lost to robots any time soon. Mobile maintenance drones aren’t real, although BMW did apply for a patent on a drone car-washing system in 2017. Portable car-cleaning robots might come to life in the near future, so who knows if a drone diagnostic tool will follow?
4. Solar-powered delivery service
Unfortunately, fully solar-powered vehicles are a long way off. A prototype of the Lightyear One, an all-electric solar car was unveiled in 2019, but experts say that solar panels are unlikely to provide enough energy for long trips.
It wasn’t solar-powered, but Amazon did invest £1.2 billion in an eco-friendly fleet. The online giant reportedly bought 100,000 electric vans from Rivian – the same automaker mentioned in question two.
If Amazon did want to go fully solar-powered, it could cost a lot more – around £13.7 billion! The Lightyear One costs £137,000, so if Amazon bought 100,000 units, it would be a colossal investment. And that’s just for solar-powered cars, not delivery vans, which could be even more.
5. Cars that connect to the brain
Nissan’s ‘Brain-to-Vehicle’ technology really does measure your brainwaves. The system detects brain activity in real-time and uses the information to predict your actions on the roads for a safer driving experience. It can even sense human distress and will autonomously alter your driving style to make you feel more comfortable!
It’s reported that Nissan’s Brain-to-Vehicle could make all the difference in a life or death situation. The new technology can activate the brakes between 0.4 and 1 seconds quicker than a human. When tested, it resulted in a 27-metre shorter braking distance when driving at 62 mph, which could save lives in an accident.
6. Gym car
French start-up EasyMile creates AI vehicles – they’re not designed for exercise! The company developed an autonomous electric bus, the EZ10, which has been deployed in 30 cities worldwide. Mainstream cars probably aren’t tall enough for an exercise bike, but the EZ10 might be, if EasyMile ever considered creating a real gym car.
7. Fragrance diffuser that removes viruses
The newest Mercedes-Benz S Class features the ‘Air Balance’ package, which includes a built-in fragrance diffuser that’s said to remove bad bacteria, spores and viruses from the air. It comes in four different ‘Mood’ scents, which were created by a professional perfumer.
8. Kitchen car
The ‘Kitchen-On-The-Go’ is one of a kind. Designed by Jamie Oliver and Land Rover, the SUV was designed to show the versatility of the Land Rover Discovery. Top features include an oil dispenser, integrated toaster, ice cream maker, pasta cutter and of course the butter-churning wheels.
9. Flying cars for public roads
There are actually several flying cars in development. In fact, it’s reported than 16 companies have flying cars in the pipeline. Dutch company PAL-V aims to have the first Personal Air and Land Vehicle delivered by 2021. Prices start at £260k for the two-man car and aircraft hybrid, so start saving if you want your own.
It’s thought that flying cars will be much better for the planet, too. Research shows that flying cars produce up to 52% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than traditional cars.
10. Submarine car
The sQuba was unveiled by Rinspeed in 2008 and it really was inspired by Bond’s aquatic Lotus Esprit in The Spy Who Loved Me. The all-electric, zero-emissions vehicle is powered by propellers so it can ‘swim’ underwater. Drivers breathe using scuba equipment and can switch the car into AI mode if they want to enjoy an ocean view.
When this concept car does come to the market, Rinspeed’s CEO admits it will be marketed as a ‘toy for rich people’. The technology does exist, but only if you can afford it!
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