In recent years, innovation in car technology has brought driving on the roads into a future that has only ever been depicted by 80’s movies. All of the ideas and tech below are new for 2017, and could be implemented from 2020 onwards.
V2V, or vehicle-to-vehicle communication, has recently been proposed in the US as a way for one car to “talk” to another car. This means that vehicles will be able to register the location, speed and direction of traffic around your vehicle. It also means that your vehicle will then be able to warn you of upcoming dangers in the road, especially in densely populated areas, such as in cities and intersections.
The V2V could also inform users if they have enough time to make it through traffic lights, and even let them know who has the right of way on the roads.
An alternative to the V2V is the V2I (vehicle-to-infrastructure) communication. This could potentially make traffic lighter and prevent grid lock in highly populated areas, as the tech will gain information from infrastructure such as traffic lights, to gain a view of the surrounding areas.
In a bid to stomp out air pollution by the year 2025, cities including Paris, Madrid and Mexico are all planning to scrap and ban diesel cars in the coming years.
Cities such as Oslo and Bergen are taking the ban one step further by implementing zero emission zones. This means that all but electric vehicles will be banned in the areas. It will also mean less congestion in those areas, but more importantly less pollution, meaning cleaner air for citizens.
Along with designs and plans such as the V2V, V2I and the ban on Diesel cars, new and exciting cars are currently in production around the world. These include the Mercedes Vision Van, which has an intelligent loading area to the rear of the vehicle, and can work in conjunction with drones to deliver items to customers. As well as this is the Volkswagen I.D. This model is entirely electric, and can achieve 400-600 miles using just one charge. It’s thought that these vehicles will be in circulation by 2025, and will have zero emissions.
Charging Electric Cars whilst driving
If, by 2025, electric cars are dominating the road, it could be argued that charging ports would be an eye sore throughout cities. It’s thought that with a little infrastructure rejig, charging ports could become wireless at traffic lights, stop signs and parking spaces in designated areas.
It’s not so unheard of either. Using magnetic technology, charging pads could be placed under the surface of a road in order to directly charge electric batteries. This could be perfect if public transport was also electric.
Park and Ride
One of the newest ideas to involve driving in the UK is the Park and Ride. This requires large cities to operate “park and rides”. Effectively, you can drive on the outskirts of a city, but not inside it. Once you have parked your car within a designated area, you would catch public transport to travel within the city. It’s thought that implementing an underground tube network in major cities would reduce congestion and provide cleaner air by 2025.
Although experts have had their doubts on this way to innovate travel and driving in the UK, its thought that this may bring up the rates of cars hired in the UK over those that have been bought outright. For example, you could hire a car throughout the week, travel to a drop off point and head into the city centre using high speed connecting tube networks. Car hire specialists such as PSD offer great deals on hiring popular vehicles in the UK, and could be the way forward in a world without city driving.
Overriding Car Systems
It’s thought that by 2020, there could be cars on the road that can override our input altogether. For example, if you’re driving at high speeds in a low speed area, your car could understand this and effectively slam on the breaks, despite your foot flattening the accelerator. This could reduce the amount of collisions exponentially.
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