“Hybrid”. “Green”. “Fuel-efficient”. “Zero emissions”. Those words have all been thrown around as the future of the automobile industry. For now, that sounds pretty good to me, but what about further down the road? What can we be expecting, or hoping, to see in another decade? Here are a few ideas that will make your mouth water.
Tired of being stuck in traffic? Are airlines crowded and stuffy? Trains take too much time, so what other options does that leave us? Just one: the Terrafugia Transition. Terrafugia, a light aircraft company based out of Boston, Massachusetts, are creating our solution. Imagine combining the creature comforts of your personal vehicle with the freedom of your own aircraft. That’s exactly what the Terrafugia Transition is – a “roadable aircraft”; a street-legal automobile that is always cleared for takeoff. It’s easy, the driver activates controls that deploy a set of fold-down wings when there is enough room. The vehicle’s rear-mounted pusher propeller then launches the Transition down the runway – or street – and sends you skyward.
Hoax or no hoax, this vehicle can make a splash. Defined as a personal vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) vehicle, the Moller Skycar combines the depature to destination idea of an airplane, the vertical takeoff and landing of a helicopter, and the travel capabilities of a vehicle, all into one. Take up to four people on your trip in the Skycar as you cruise airborne at a comfortable 305 miles per hour. Just obtain your “powered lift” pilot’s license and off you go. So, will we be seeing the Moller Skycar anytime soon? Let’s hope so!
WaterCar, based in Southern California, is the builder of the amphibious car. You heard me correctly; this vehicle takes off-roading to a whole new level. The exclusivity of this club has led individuals to spend upwards of $200,000 for the privilege to brag about owning one of the “World’s Fastest Amphibious Vehicles”. Who can blame them, why tow your boat to the water when you can drive it? How does it work? It’s quite simple actually. WaterCars are built to smoothly switch modes from car to powerboat as soon as it left the launch ramp. You can literally drive it right into the water and transition directly to powerboat mode. Many different models are available and the Python combines a custom fiberglass truck body, a LS1 Corvette engine, and the buoyancy of a boat. Apparently, the Python can do 60 miles per hour (52.1 knots). Not too shabby. Plus, with the engine it has, the Python can reach up to 125 miles per hour on land.
What about in the long run? General Motors believe that within a decade we may even be introduced to driverless cars; cars that drive themselves, park themselves, and basically function without a driver. They are still in the research stages of this one, but it sounds awfully relaxing, doesn’t it? The technology doesn’t seem to be too far away, but something else might be standing in the way of this new technology. It seems as if government regulation, liability laws, privacy concerns and people’s passion for the automobile might prevent this from actually happening. “Now the question is what does society want to do with it?” said Larry Burns, GM’s vice president for research and development. “You’re looking at these issues of congestion, safety, energy and emissions. Technically there should be no reason why we can’t transfer to a totally different world.”
All we can do for now is sit and wait… and continue to read up on more information of course!!
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