Except you are not much a movie kind-of-a person, you might not have seen lots of Sci-fi movies showing what the future might actually look like. The automotive world is definitely one of the focal points in this ever-changing universe. Whether you admit or not, we are getting really close to this future. Some might even say we are in the future already.
It’s hard to disagree with that especially when you keep seeing talking cars, electrified car on roads that charge it while driving among other insane automotive inventions. All these are what we should start getting used to in the 21st century and would obviously change the way we drive around urban areas.
Naijauto has compiled below some transportation ideas that may completely transform our world in the future!
1. Talking vehicles
We are not even concerned about you having Siri feature inside your Subaru or even KITT, we are much more concerned with the communication between vehicles, popularly called the V2V. Standardized rules have recently been proposed by the U.S Department of Transportation on the manner a vehicle should communicate with another about direction, speed, location, self-driving, and warning of fellow drivers of possible dangers on the road.
We know multiple accidents do happen at the intersections in the city and these cars have the AI to decipher whether you have sufficient time to achieve that right on red and the next person that should attempt to approach the 4-way-stop. These are possible ways to keep you on the top of any social platform without twisting metal or honking horns distraction.
Welcome to the future of urban driving - The evolution of communicative and self-driving vehicles
2. Vehicles communicating to stoplights
Vehicle-to-infrastructure communication (V2I) is admittedly the other half of the commuting communication network. Series of technologies have been deployed on fire trucks to switch red to green along their emergency routes. We expect better job from the V2I, since it would listen to data generated from vehicles to ensure more efficiency with city traffic grid.
Green light could be kept a bit longer via smart infrastructure as long as traffic is backing up, regulation of slip road or speed limits for traffic jam breakup or rerouting traffic around mishaps. The entire city will become a smart machine the very moment the autonomous vehicles arrive, capable of thinking and sensing.
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3. Fuel-based discrimination
Engines powered by diesels are often fuel efficient, hardworking and high-torque. Unfortunately, some major cities in the world such as French Capital, Mexico City, Athens and Madrid are already planning on banning diesel-using vehicles via major parts of the city in a bid to eliminate every form of air pollution by the year 2025. Apparently, it appears other major cities would follow suit.
Already, Norway two major cities (Oslo and Bergen) are planning to establish zero emission zones, by having places in the city where gasoline using engines are exiled, to be cordoned off. You should anticipate the presence of cleaner, smaller and quieter cars roaming the cities.
Many countries are now moving against the use of diesel-powered vehicles within their major cities
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4. Charging while driving
When the city becomes overly populated with electric vehicles, we might have to sacrifice locations originally used for sidewalk cafes, flower-filled planters for tentacle towers for charging these cars. Hopefully, with some infrastructures put into place, we should be able to easily charge these cars when sitting at parking lots or at red lights. Looks like the idea of distant charging is fast becoming a reality. Thanks to our resilient scientists.
It is referred to as magnetic resonance charging and could make use of powered coils in roads to produce paired coils’ vibration in a vehicle, hereby generating electricity from that vibration conversion, so as to get those batteries charged. Several transportation systems in cities across the globe are already putting to test, buses that can charge unconnected while waiting at stops. This tech should be easy enough to install into parking lot space. Guess we might have to rely on startups or established tech companies to figure out the most effective payment method for this.
The future of urban driving promises charging roads for the electric vehicles while on the move
5. New driving charges
While many would agree that the future is already here, we shouldn’t expect it to be rendered freely. Infact, you might need to pay more to make use of streets within the city, especially when many people are queuing up to make use of it. We are bound to start experiencing smart communication between the vehicles and the infrastructure, since it isn’t possible to refuse that city part from acting as poll authority.
Instead of paying tax for petrol usage, drivers will start paying a toll for traveled distances, with higher rates expected at certain times in some specific areas. So, if you are thinking of driving a limo, you should expect to pay more to access centre of the city.
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6. Driving to the city and not in it
Park-n-ride system or any equivalent locally would dictate the economies of large city areas, where a suburban workforce would drive to train station to catch a trip into the city. Since this is not ideal for off-peak hours or short trips despite being perfect for workaday universe, some cities already are planning to reshape this idea, whereby the parking places will stand as hubs for much more.
Truthfully, a smart city will allow you to access the central location, where you would be expected to join a minibus carpool to take you to bikeshare station or even trolley station.
Fully autonomous city minibuses would come handy in solving protracted traffic gridlocks in many congested cities
Are you ready to be part of this future?