The FUTURE : cars

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    Feb 21, 2009 9:24 PM GMT
    When I go out to the city I can't help not thinking about how the future (10-15 years from now) will look like, considering transportation only ...

    Right, look at the streets and you'll know if you are in the future or not, if a levitating car flew above your head then you know it .. car designs and technics are changing very fast ..

    It's hard for us to admit that we can't predict he future... we always try to imagine the future: maybe future people wearing aluminum clothes and driving spaceship shaped flying cars.... Car companies always try to make car designs for the future, each company make it's own unafordable cars that look like plastic spaceships or something that can be found in the kitchen - these things will be crawling on the streets 10 years later..
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    No one will know where the designs will go, maybe 10 years later we will be looking at these designs and laugh- these designs became untrendy because they've been eroded by all the attempts to make them before the "future" comes .... 10 years later car companies will make another futuristic designs for 10 years later, that will end up as toys in museums like the previous ones.. 10 years later some new technics will appear and change the face of the new cars ..10 years later we'll be looking for something new, these desingns aren't new anymore cuz we saw them 10 years ago ...

    Just wanted to spotlight (my longest post..) . . .Now you predict it better: Where do you think the car industry or designs is going to in the next 10 years ?
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    Feb 21, 2009 9:39 PM GMT
    I have a college buddy who hates today's cars.
    Says they all look the same -- like used bars of soap.

    He may be extreme in his view, but the car industry is wary of moving too quickly ahead of consumer preferences. Sometimes it pays off handsomely - particularly if you're not in the lead.
    It's also risky.

    Isuzu brought us its radically boxy Trooper to help usher in the SUV craze.
    Then it fell on its face with the radically designed Vehicross.

    Ford scored big with the first aero-design T-bird and Taurus. They look pedestrian now, but at the time the whole industry was holding its breath to see how they'd be received by the public.

    Anyway, it'll take more than 10 years to get as radical as any of those concept cars....I hope.
    ;-)
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    Feb 21, 2009 10:04 PM GMT
    I like the cute colorful cars. Mwehehehe.
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    Feb 21, 2009 10:09 PM GMT
    Granted, the Smart car is a 10+ year-old design, but mine still gets waves from adults, pointing and laughing from children. Smart almost bit it when they tried to introduce an "American-Friendly" design a few years back. Thank goodness someone had the balls to keep it cute.
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    Feb 21, 2009 10:12 PM GMT
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    Feb 21, 2009 10:15 PM GMT
    In ten years time we won't need cars...Teleportation will be the way to travel.
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    Feb 21, 2009 10:29 PM GMT
    Ayltws saidIn ten years time we won't need cars...Teleportation will be the way to travel.


    In ten years time we wont need to travel.
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    Feb 21, 2009 10:33 PM GMT
    DCEric said
    Ayltws saidIn ten years time we won't need cars...Teleportation will be the way to travel.


    In ten years time we wont need to travel.


    That's true, we'll transfer instead.
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    Feb 21, 2009 10:33 PM GMT
    DCEric said
    Ayltws saidIn ten years time we won't need cars...Teleportation will be the way to travel.


    In ten years time we wont need to travel.


    In ten years time we won't need time .. time machines will do it .

    come on .. be a little bit more realistic ..
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    Feb 21, 2009 10:34 PM GMT
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    Feb 21, 2009 10:50 PM GMT
    mickeytopogigio saidGranted, the Smart car is a 10+ year-old design, but mine still gets waves from adults, pointing and laughing from children. Smart almost bit it when they tried to introduce an "American-Friendly" design a few years back. Thank goodness someone had the balls to keep it cute.


    It's charming. And truthfully, the big muscle cars and the batmobiles are getting kinda old. And reflects more on the driver's vanity rather than common sense.
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    Feb 21, 2009 11:04 PM GMT

    This one is not only an ultra sleek design, it's the website is ultra sleek too.

    http://www.aptera.com

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    Feb 21, 2009 11:09 PM GMT
    flieslikeabeagle said
    This one is not only an ultra sleek design, it's the website is ultra sleek too.

    http://www.aptera.com



    Dayum. I like. icon_biggrin.gif

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    P.S. Useless trivia: Aptera means "Wingless"
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    Feb 21, 2009 11:32 PM GMT
    Sedative said
    flieslikeabeagle said
    This one is not only an ultra sleek design, it's the website is ultra sleek too.

    http://www.aptera.com



    Dayum. I like. icon_biggrin.gif

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    P.S. Useless trivia: Aptera means "Wingless"


    i wonder how safe these things are in a collision? :p
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    Feb 22, 2009 12:02 AM GMT
    Sedative said
    flieslikeabeagle said
    This one is not only an ultra sleek design, it's the website is ultra sleek too.

    http://www.aptera.com



    Dayum. I like. icon_biggrin.gif

    aptera_6.jpg

    P.S. Useless trivia: Aptera means "Wingless"


    It's not a futuristic car.. it's available already in 2009-10.. again, you can buy it as you can buy the other cute colourful boxes . but it'd be odd and awkward to go with it everywhere... people will chase you like Britney's paparazi .. when I say futuristic designs I mean when it's common on the streets..
    Enjoy your plane Eric ..
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    Feb 22, 2009 12:24 AM GMT
    There's BMW's shape-shifting cloth car:

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    This design is purely conceptual, and not destined for a production, but it's a really cool idea none-the-less. Check out the link below for more pictures and info, as well as a video that explains the design more fully.

    http://blog.wired.com/cars/2008/06/bmw-builds-a-ca.html

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    Feb 22, 2009 12:33 AM GMT
    With those big chiseled cylinder banks straining and stretching the fabric like a set of pecs, this is probably the gayest car evah.
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    Feb 22, 2009 12:33 AM GMT
    I can see more hybrid-type vehicles coming soon, cars with multiple power plants and sources for maximum flexibility.
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    Feb 22, 2009 1:06 AM GMT
    czarodziej saidi wonder how safe these things are in a collision? :p
    A smidge safer than a motorcycle, now enjoying 100+ years of use.
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    Feb 22, 2009 5:36 AM GMT
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    It's not a futuristic car.. it's available already in 2009-10.. again, you can buy it as you can buy the other cute colourful boxes . but it'd be odd and awkward to go with it everywhere... people will chase you like Britney's paparazi .. when I say futuristic designs I mean when it's common on the streets..
    Enjoy your plane Eric ..


    Oh cmon! Like the cars you posted won't get you followed by droves of people anyway.

    At the risk of sounding like I'm advertising them (I was only responding to flieslikebeagle), I have to defend it.

    Look how smart cars were simply novelties back then. Cars that are actually sold today who do not follow the traditional design of cars might eventually take over a large niche of the market.

    And no, Apteras are still not on the streets. LOL Though they accept pre-orders. They are still in development. The first Aptera was only a protoype. They are relatively slow, energy-efficient, environment-friendly vehicles designed for the generally stop-and-go flow of urban traffic. It is actually one of the most energy efficient vehicles out there. And the design is very aerodynamic, which is why it looks like planes. Less drag = less fuel burned.

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    As for safety:

    http://autos.yahoo.com/articles/autos_content_landing_pages/857/exclusive-aptera-2e

    It looks fragile and small, but it's not.

    And oh, it's not a car. It's technically a motorcycle.

    Truthfully, I don't see the appeal of cars like Hummers or the hundredth clone of the ferrari design, asides from being aesthetically pleasing, they aren't quite sensible. Why would you need a 2-seater sports car that can go from 0 to 60 mph if you're only using it to drive to work? The answer? Ego-stroking. If this continues, we'd probably have cities full of batmobile-wannabes all using the vehicle as an extension to their penises. Unless you're using it to race and not to get into road accidents with, I don't see the point. Much less the responsibility in it. The energy crisis during the Iraqi war is just a taste of things to come.

    Powerful and big vehicles are good... in rural areas, not in cities.

    P.S. Of course I respect those who 'collect' sports vehicles etc. as enthusiasts. They seldom drive those anyway and use sensible alternatives instead.
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    Feb 26, 2009 9:44 PM GMT

    I had this idea about the new cars .. it'll change the whole city atmosphere :

    They must start developing electrical cars so they can replace the gas cars ...

    They doesn't make so much noise ... the big city now will be quite and clean with fresh clean air ...

    hmmm... please don't wake me up ..
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    Feb 26, 2009 10:14 PM GMT
    Consumers are maddeningly conservative with large purchases (houses, cars) and manufacturers are rewarded for keeping things simple to grab the widest audience and realize the lowest design and manufacturing costs. As a result, we've seen few revolutionary changes to the basic packaging (placement of engine, occupants, fuel tank, etc.) of cars over the last 80 years or so.

    The big question mark would be a major shift in fuel/engine type. We could conceivably see huge innovations in packaging as a result of that. But while that could facilitate futuristic designs, it's actually more likely that the manufacturers will play things conservative. Keeping the cars looking basically identical to those with which consumers are familiar will make them seem less risky.

    Apple Inc brilliantly did just this when they transitioned from PowerPC to Intel chips. This was a huge technological transition for the company, not entirely unlike switching from a gas to hybrid motor. And yet their laptops and desktops received minimal exterior design changes during the process. They created a bridge of visual familiarity until their generally skittish customer base realized the new systems weren't going to cause a rip in the space-time continuum. THEN they started slowly introducing design revisions.

    So that's what the automakers who survive the carpocalypse will probably do. Not exciting, but oh well. icon_confused.gif
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    Feb 26, 2009 10:26 PM GMT
    Well, I have to take issue hobronto.



    I would have called it "carmageddon". ;-P
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    Feb 26, 2009 10:40 PM GMT
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    Ugh. The Tata Nano - introducing it as a car for the middle class in India is such a bad idea in terms of the traffic congestion, air pollution and number of automobile-related injuries and deaths (well, maybe that's NOT so bad for an extremely over-populated country... just kidding!) it will cause. I'm scared of what will start to happen next month when it releases...

    I think it's great that Indians will be able to live part of the American dream, of a car in every "garage" but I don't think India's infrastructure, fuel-standards regulation and most of all environment are ready for it. Sure it may mean that many of the extremely inefficient 30+ year old FIats and Ambassadors and the smog-belching auto-rickshaws are off the road, but just imagine how many more people will be able to afford a car now... smog-wise most large Indian cities are already worse than LA on it's smoggiest days... this will definitely NOT help.

    I may just be negative because I'm VERY anti-westernization (some might say modernization) since I see so many of the traits of Indian society (most notably thrift and conservation through reuse and sharing) that I've always admired vanishing as it becomes more consumerist... Poo-poo to Ratan Tata on this one!



    BUT BACK TO FUTURE CARS: I think the new designs are pretty swanky and cute, and if they can be as energy-efficient as they are glossy, I'd be the first in line to buy one. I think it's great that creativity and new fuel sources are allowing designers to really go against traditional views of what a car should look like. However from a strictly aesthetic point of view, I prefer sexy, sleek cars over cute roly-poly ones...
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    Feb 26, 2009 11:06 PM GMT
    MB_YYZ saidThere's BMW's shape-shifting cloth car:

    bmw_gina_concept.jpg

    This design is purely conceptual, and not destined for a production, but it's a really cool idea none-the-less. Check out the link below for more pictures and info, as well as a video that explains the design more fully.

    http://blog.wired.com/cars/2008/06/bmw-builds-a-ca.html



    Is it me or does that crack in the hood look like a zipper opening?