Cars and Technology of the Future

Humanity has gone through a spectacular transformation in late 20th century, with computers making a breakthrough and helping to realize people’s dreams. The versatility of this microprocessor-powered tool has ushered in tremendous technological development in every human activity. The automobile industry which has pioneered technological development also stands to benefit from this ubiquitous technical marvel. The automobile industry has come a long way from the modest beginning of steam-powered carriages to the latest hydrogen-powered cars. But it had to go through a somewhat difficult period in the years 1960 to 1980, when most car makers resorted to the same technology and nearly identical designs. They were just bent on making money from the sales of their new cars, overlooking the vital aspect of advancement, namely research and development. This short-sighted attitude of the car makers caused the retardation of technological development in new cars. Enter the computers, and the automobile industry was revitalized by them. By now, new companies entering the automobile industry had realized that when they invest considerable funds in research and development, it will enable them to stabilize their business and enhance their profits. Every car manufacturer now strives to produce a car which is eco-friendly, fuel-efficient and totally safe to drive. The research and development divisions of automobile companies have developed some remarkable new features to be installed in new as well as used cars, as detailed below: The waste heat produced during application of brakes is converted to utilizable energy. This technology is termed Regenerative braking and can be applied to new as well as used cars. Some researchers at Brunel University, UK have invented a hybrid engine that can compress the air and convert it to be used in the engine, thereby decreasing the engine’s fuel consumption. This technology can be applied to new as well as used cars. The German auto manufacturer BMW has developed the Turbo Steamer, the technology which utilizes the heat given out by the engine to general mechanical energy. This technology can be applied to only new cars. Nanotechnology in the form of carbon nanotubes can replace steel, which will make the car more energy-efficient and safer to drive. This technology can be applied to only new cars. Nanotechnology can also be applied to the engines of new cars, facilitating the driver to change the engine modes. This technology can also be applied to used cars, with some modifications. With new technologies being developed every day, the automobile industry is set to transform the conventional modes of transport all over the world! SOURCE: