The car has been around for a century and a quarter now. In this time period, it has gone from an unreliable, dangerous-to-drive machine to an advanced appliance that not only actively tries to keep you alive, but also provides a host of creature comforts from the factory.
Over the years, people had various complaints regarding the car’s safety, performance, efficiency, and any of the basic parameters that decide a car’s worth. Although the cars of old ran on massive engines that guzzled a lot of fuel, modern fuel-sipping frugal vehicles address the efficiency and pollution concerns squarely. With advancements in metallurgy and fabrication came safer chasses, construction methods, and dynamically improved designs.
Electric cars, and hydrogen cars further ahead, are addressing the most critical point of contention: emissions and pollution.
Autonomous, Connected, Electric, Shared- Mobility of tomorrow is already upon our doorstep and ready to be applied commercially in large parts of the world.
Current Scenario of Automotive Industry
Cars of today are as close as they can be to becoming the ideal machines of transport as their designers envisioned them to be, so many years ago. Although cars are seen by a vast majority as dirty, noisy, dangerous and elitist, the fact remains that they form an irreplaceable part of our society. Every one of us has used a car at least once.
The automotive industry is at a point where it can now aim to manufacture truly zero-pollution automobiles that are safer, silent, and secure. Cars of the future will rely on renewable sources of energy rather than fossil fuel, emitting no gases or particles. Sensors and limiters will ensure a car’s security so it wouldn’t cause accidents or be part of antisocial use.
Cars are cheaper to own and maintain in most parts of the world than public transport. Soon, the cost of ownership is set to shrink even more. With the advent of ridesharing, cars are becoming more democratic and less invasive. So far, all the chinks in the armour of the car have been addressed and filled up. What remains? Well, the possibility of full autonomy, of course.
Modern technology has benefitted cars massively, transforming them from gas-guzzling behemoths to sleek, sustainable modes of personal transport.
Fully Autonomous Cars: The Last Hurdle
Give today’s perfect car to a man, and he’ll still argue that it takes up too much of his time, which he’d rather spend constructively. As it stands, cars can never be fully autonomous, but they can get substantially close. However, technologies like geofenced highways are no more far-fetched dreams, where cars tail each other seamlessly at speed, effectively working as a more practical, efficient, and flexible mass transit system.
The car has carved a permanent place for itself in the fabric of society, a position it just cannot be moved from in the foreseeable future. Sure, there are alternatives like scooters, horses, buses and trains, or personal flying machines (futuristic but could soon be real). But all these alternatives present at least one flaw working against their popularity. This is where the car shines through as a highly flexible mode of transport, driving on an optimized road network, and doing pretty much anything you will ever need.