Design of Cars
The future design of cars is anyone's guess as it
is up to the imagination of the designers to create and general
public to accept what is brought forth. The good news is that
the future design of cars may see radical advancements due to
new advancements in drive technology.
For instance, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and electric cars have
no internal combustion engine and bulky transmission to design
a car around.
The fuel cell, batteries and electric motors can be placed in many
different arrangements in the vehicles including underneath the
floorboard opening up a world of future car design possibilities.
In addition, the future design of cars will also be dependent upon
just what does propel the car? For instance what if the car we are
referring to is a future flying car rather than an earthbound one.
Engines and rotors will lend themselves to different future car
design than will other types of engines for automobiles that run
on the ground.
And, then there are design and technological advancements that
have nothing to do with the propulsion method. For instance, the
Audi RSQ was designed from the movie "I, Robot" starring
Will Smith. One of the most unique design features of the Audi RSQ
is that the wheels are spherical in shape as it does not use traditional
wheels or tires.
The future design of cars may start in
the college ranks as well. Take for instance Jonathan Putner's
Daedalus, which won the Royal College of Art's Best Overall
Or the CLEVER vehicle prototype, which is only 1-meter wide, developed
by the University of Bath in the United Kingdom.
With Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and a myriad of 3D animation
software programs out there, designers are more capable than ever
before of designing their own future cars. Whether or not any of
these future designs of cars will ever become working prototypes
is anyone's guess.
What is certain is that the future design of cars is a wide open
field. With enough imagination, anything is possible.
Written by Kevin Lepton