â€˜Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheepâ€™ This was the title of the science fiction novel by Philip K Dick. The book’s plot served as the primary basis for the 1982 film Blade Runner, in which we see Harrison Ford hunting down renegade â€˜Replicantsâ€™.
The film was set in Los Angeles in 2019 and depicts a world where technology has no limits. We see androids that are indistinguishable from humans, futuristic weaponry and most importantly, flying cars. Back in the 80â€™s it was common for film makers and writers to envisage what the world would be like from the year 2000 onwards. Films such as â€˜Back to the Future: Part Twoâ€™ introduced us to the hover board and â€˜Total Recallâ€™ introduced us to robot driven cars. It seems as though we are miles away from this type of technology, but believe it or not, we are closer than you think.
The Google Car
Only Google have the time, money and bravery to create this driverless car. It uses the latest technology to take us one step closer to a future without car accidents.
Only time will tell whether this utopia will come to pass – and, indeed, whether motorists will be prepared to surrender the pleasures and frustrations of life behind the wheel.
The Flying Car
The Terrafugia Transition, a light aircraft that can convert into a road-legal automobile, is to go into production after being given a special weight exemption by the US Federal Aviation Administration.
The car is expected to retail at $194,000 (Â£129,000) and 70 people have already put orders in for the first â€˜Flying Carâ€™
Still a long way off from the sleek designs of the flying cars seen in â€˜Blade Runnerâ€™, but itâ€™s a good start.
The Robot-Driven Car
As seen in the 1990 smash hit â€˜Total Recallâ€™, Arnold Schwarzenegger enters a taxi that is driven by a robot.
Scientists are already developing the next generation of robot-driven cars and predict they could be shuttling humans around by the year 2030.
Before they are seen in everyday civilian life, they are expected to be deployed in the battlefield, where they can deal with roadside explosives and surveillance thus reducing the number of human casualties.
The â€˜Car that runs on Airâ€™â€¦Car!
Developed by Moteur Development International in Luxembourg, the â€˜Air Carâ€™ runs literally on thin air.
Compressed air is stored in fibre tanks. The expansion of this air pushes the pistons and creates movement. The atmospheric temperature is used to re-heat the engine and increase the road coverage. The air conditioning system makes use of the expelled cold air. Due to the absence of combustion and the fact there is no pollution, the oil change is only necessary every 31.000 miles.
Car Insurance of Tomorrow
There are some insurance companies that are pioneering new and futuristic ideas to help lower premiums. Insure the Box, is a car insurance company that attach a clever little telematics device, known as a Clear Box to your car. The Box enables the insurance company to measure how you drive and how far you drive. This is helping reduce the cost of insurance for many as, you only pay for the miles you need and being a good driver earns you additional miles.
Aviva have a â€œPay As You Driveâ€ insurance policy which allows premiums to be calculated based on when, where and how far you drive your vehicle. A Global Positioning System (GPS) device the size of a DVD case is fitted discreetly to your car then the journey data collected from the in-car device is used to calculate your premium, which reflects your unique driving patterns. The data is then converted into a monthly bill, which provides details of each element used to calculate the premium. With premium prices from as little as 1 pence per mile, depending on when and where you drive, Pay As You Drive insurance could cut your motoring costs, particularly if you drive less than eight thousand miles per year.
The latest SmartPhones, The iPad and other Android Tablets are like having a PC in your hand. They now have the power and the flexibility to allow consumers to browse the internet at their leisure wherever they are, thus allowing them to purchase their car insurance on the move. Car Insurance comparison sites are now using the technology to their advantage.
The Possibilities are Endless
The ideas of scientists, inventors and writers hold no bounds. The possibilities for the future of the motor industry are only limited by our own imaginations. Who knows we could see â€˜Transformerâ€™ type cars, that change between household robot to household car, or a car that fits in your pocket only to grow in size when placed on the ground and a button is pressed as seen in the film â€˜Dragonballâ€™.