Wheels of Future

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As the world races toward a driverless future of robo-cars, you’ll hear more and more complaints from gearheads who insist that they love driving

Toyota Concept-I

Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to accelerate the development of autonomous vehicles is an emerging trend by carmakers. If a car can learn from its errors and from its owner, it will be able to navigate spaces and terrains without mapping and will be able to make the right decision. It is said Toyota’s Concept-I car can do all of those things, but in a way that still makes the driver feel like they’re in complete control. Toyota Concept-I and its forward-thinking UX hold a mirror up to a future that is warm, friendly, engaging and, most of all—fun.

Rinspeed

With a crazier concept car, the Rinspeed car has an actual garden. Tucked right behind the windshield, the garden is complete with Bonsai trees and radishes. The vehicle will alert you of upcoming obstacles with a heads-up display on the windshield. Rinspeed visualises the car as a ride-sharing vehicle, where a person can select its
co-passenger through a Tinder-like app.

Vmotion 2.0

The name Vmotion refers to the shape of the car’s grille. Other design cues include a deep and sharp crease in the front doors, high deck and narrow head and tail lights. Lighting around the Nissan badge on the grille glows to indicate when the car is in ProPilot mode, Nissan’s autonomous system. Rear-hinged back doors open to create a wide entry with no centre pillar.

Volkswagen Sedric

Sedric by Volkswagen is more like a personal assistant than a car. The boxy vehicle with giant OLED eyes can pick up packages and drop off kids at extracurricular activities. A Level 5 autonomous vehicle, Sedric can drive in any geographic area without the supervision of any driver.

Pop.Up

Pop.Up, the concept car by Airbus, can be airlifted by a drone. Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the vehicle is an eight-foot-long pod that can detach from a battery-powered chassis when picked up by a drone. The drone itself is autonomous and powered by eight rotors. Airbus designed the system with Italdesign, a design and
engineering company.

Words by: Patrick D’Souza

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