Tag Archives: Future

China is Creating a Future With Worldwide Electric Vehicle Adoption

China, home to the world’s largest market for electric cars, is aggressively promoting and supporting the technology. This and the sheer size of the Chinese market are driving the same trend around the world. CHINA’S ELECTRIC CAR REVOLUTION China has become the most powerful political force driving the globalization of electric vehicle (EV) technology. And, while natural driving forces such ... Read More »

Behind Automakers’ Electric Hype, A More Conventional Future Is Taking Shape

A Honda Urban EV concept car is presented at the Frankfurt Auto Show (Photo credit TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images) The Frankfurt Auto Show is over for another two years, and by the time the next one comes around, the electric revolution should be in full swing. The strange thing is that visitors to the show might have been forgiven for thinking ... Read More »

Who should die when a driverless car crashes? Q&A ponders the future

‘Smart people are trying to figure out how this works,’ the Q&A audience was told in a discussion about driverless cars. Illustration: Alamy Should a driverless car swerve to miss a child, knowing it will kill its passenger? Or should it maintain its path and end a younger life? It’s deeply troubling ethical dilemmas like these that Sandra Peter believes ... Read More »

Mercedes is building smarter headlights for its cars of the future

Roberto Baldwin / Engadget In a dark garage at the Mercedes-Benz headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, a flat gray S-Class illuminates a white screen at the end of long hall. The headlights blast on and while the light is bright, it’s not that impressive. Then Stefan Toepfer, electronic and software developer for exterior lighting taps on his tablet and a series of black ... Read More »

SCOPE THE FUTURE OF DRIVING WITH 7 ELECTRIC CONCEPTS

IN THE TWO years since the world’s biggest automakers last gathered in Frankfurt for the biannual International Motor Show, the future of their industry has shifted dramatically. The opening of the 2015 festivities came just as the world learned Volkswagen had sold millions of diesel-powered cars that used illegal software to cheat emissions standards. Two years on, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, ... Read More »

FORGET THE DRIVERLESS FUTURE. GET READY TO PHYSICALLY MERGE WITH A CAR

The Roadable Synapse, which debuted this summer at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is a vehicle for asking some urgent questions. LACMA/MUSEUM ASSOCIATES IN THE FUTURE, they say, cars will drive themselves. You’ll call a roving robo-taxi, tell it where you want to go, and check out mentally in the back seat. People will be human cargo—as unengaged in ... Read More »

Electric Cars In India: Present, Problems And Future

With the Government’s sights firmly set on making India a primarily electric car driven nation by 2030, what does the future hold for the Indian car buyer? There were some hard to digest comments made by road transport and highways minister, Nitin Gadkari. We won’t get into the nitty-gritties of the matter but the simple idea put forth is that ... Read More »

What If Your Future Car Was Hooked Up to Your Brain?

LACMA Art + Technology Lab grant recipient Jonathon Keats demonstrates the Roadable Synapse. / © Museum Associates/LACMA With all the attention and money invested into autonomous cars in the past few years, we may have started to take for granted that the future belongs to driverless vehicles. Jonathon Keats is not so quick to succumb to this assumption. Instead, he ... Read More »

THIS WEEK IN THE FUTURE OF CARS: PERFIDIOUS GREED

THIS WEEK WAS all about bold behavior: fake robots slinging pizzas, dignified statues wearing wearing wigs to celebrate crap cars, startups taking bald-faced swipes at Tesla and its electric dominance. But no move was so naked and downright nutsy as Uber investor Shervin Pishevar’s public call-to-arms, a statement that addressed (in mind-boggling grandiosity) the legal battle between ex-CEO Travis Kalanick and ... Read More »

Mercedes-Benz sees self-driving EVs as the future of car sharing

Earlier this year, Daimler announced plans to develop a self-driving, car-sharing system with fully autonomous vehicles geared towards city living. Today, the company says that the first part of that vision — Smart’s Vision EQ Fortwo concept vehicle — will be presented at the 2017 Frankfurt International Motor Show next month. The EQ Fortwo is a level five, fully autonomous car with no steering wheel or pedals. Via ... Read More »