The digital world of the automotive

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BMW i8The advancements of the future in the automotive industry have been a long time coming.

We’ve talked about the way technology might alter our beloved car manufacturers and the future models to come, so that is really no surprise. What is a surprise, however, is how much better than expected so many new, progressive car models are, in terms of the technology they use, the lack of carbon emissions and the very fact that they still look just as beautiful and drive as seamlessly as ever.

The future is looking great. More importantly, the future of automobiles is happening now. You only have to look at the new 200mph Vanda Dendrobium electric supercar to see that the world of vehicular technology has changed and continues to change. There was a time when the hypercar was merely a concept and the world of electric or hydrogen-fuelled vehicles was restricted to fantasy or a small, gimmicky, non-road-worthy test car. Yet, here we are. Supercars of the future are green, friendly and beautiful. You don’t have to give up on the auto-lover within you in order to save the planet. Still, if you’re not yet convinced, here are some ways that the digitalised world of cars is changing and why it’s changing for the better.

Talking cars.
This isn’t a Pixar film, but it’s as close as we’ll get in the real world. Manufacturers have been looking into technology allowing cars to communicate with one another. If cars could communicate with one another and signal when one might be getting too close to the other, then it would prevent countless accidents. Obviously, humans should be looking out for these things, but, if they weren’t, there’s the added backup of a smart, autonomous car which can do it for you.

Eco-friendly vehicles.
The electric vehicle had a bit of a bumpy start with non-starts such as the Sinclair C5, which was panned by critics and mocked by Top Gear, but the tide is beginning to change. It’s becoming less of a novelty item and more of a necessity in an irreversibly changed world. There’s no denying that the solar car is really pushing manufacturers and even students at universities towards a greener future.

Even racing is changing.
The technology of formula racing cars is always improving, as that’s a core element of the history behind the sport, but now that new technologies are behind developed in terms of electric cars, the very foundation of the sport is looking to shift to a mix between driverless and human formula racers. There have been arguments as to whether the new Formula E generation of electric cars offers anything better than the traditional racers, but the vehicles themselves look just as sleek as ever.

Perhaps the batteries and the additional weight put them at a slight disadvantage, but the electric racers are improving with each new update; the latest generation has better aerodynamics, a bigger battery and more power. Considering Formula E has been around a relatively short while, and it tooks years for the original Formula 1 cars to become as honed and refined as they are today, it seems like it won’t be long before autonomous cars are besting human drivers on the racetrack.


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