Technology has always been part of the automotive industry, helping car manufacturers push the envelope of what is possible in your beloved chariot. Since the early 20th century manufacturers have showcased their latest ideas at motor shows. Some are outlandish, whacky and completely bonkers, and we love to see what their creative minds can come up with without needing to abide by any safety regulations.
Sometimes they even hint at what the company’s actual cars will look like within the foreseeable future. Here are some of our favourite concept cars from the last couple of years, stocked full of interesting technology.
Many companies are focusing on smaller, more eco-friendly city cars rather than exorbitantly exotic designs. The Kia Pop was first unveiled in 2012, which had an interesting illuminated grille and zero emissions (of course). Would you like to own such a car one day?
There are many interesting projects in development at MIT, as you would expect, and one of them is this foldable car, the Hiriko CityCar.
It was made to be folded and stowed like shopping carts at a grocery store. Unveiled in 2012, this concept is currently in further development and we can expect to see more of it in years to come.
Dominus Electric Hub Supercar
Okay, so this isn’t a real concept car but merely an artist’s depiction of his dream car. You have to admit, it looks extremely cool!
EDAG Light Cocoon
At this year’s Geneva Motor Show we saw the unveiling of the EDAG Light Cocoon. As you can see, the shell of the car is not made of your ordinary material. This shell has been 3D-printed, with the fabric surrounding it being thin, light and completely waterproof.
The lighting threaded throughout the entire chassis looks great, but unfortunately you won’t see anything like this on the roads anytime soon. It was merely a technical exercise to show what can be achieved with 3D-printing – even in the automotive industry.
Something you will very likely see within the next decade or so are a slew of autonomous cars. These cars are meant to drive themselves with minimal input from the ‘driver.’
This electric hybrid aims to maximize range and added an array of touch displays along with a less direction-specific seating arrangement.
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