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Future Trends

  • Connected cars, connected industries, connected everything

    Let’s delve into the fact that, much like the Internet of Things, we have entered into an era of Connected Everything. Everything, from fridges to household light settings, is being built with the ability to be accessed and used remotely, using what is termed ‘telematics’. Cars are no exception. Ford, Audi, and Mercedes Benz have all showcased their prototype vehicles that are autonomous. Long gone are the days when the only kind of connectivity a car had was to a network which could track its whereabouts. Today, a ‘connected car’ means being able to navigate through a host of...

  • Will large-scale 3D printing revolutionise automobile manufacturing?

    3D printing – the process of creating a three-dimensional object using successive layers of material under computer control – has the potential to drastically change a massive number of industries. One of these industries, of course, is that of automotive manufacturing. And it’s already started. Yes, 3D printing is today used – on a relatively small scale, admittedly – by a number of car-making powerhouses. The internals of the whopping great turbocharger in the Koenigsegg One:1 hypercar, for example, are 3D-printed. And so is the chunky titanium exhaust tip poking out the rear, saving some 400g (hey, every little...

  • 7 massive challenges facing connected cars

    Merging data and telecommunications has been catapulted to the front and center of the IT world -- connected cars are the newest innovation to explore the inclusion of smart-technology. Fleet Telematics, which is the basic principal of assimilation of data and tech, has already provided the car industry with such on-board features as GPS , remote unlocking, wireless data communications as well as OnStar™ and other navigation systems. It is the merging of these technologies that broadens the applications that are being developed for connected cars. More Technology - More Obstacles A report released by Machina Research on October...

  • Driving change: is 3D printing transport’s biggest disrupter?

    Transportation is probably the most interesting industries to witness undergoing change. A century-old invention seems like it's finally on the cusp of changing the way we go from point A to B. From the internet and GPS to 3D printing, Driving Change is a four-part series that covers the most powerful technologies moulding 21st century transport as we know it. A lot of things can be 3D printed these days. By using a variety of materials such as plastic, metal, stem cells and even human tissue, complex parts such as replacement joints, consumer clothing and engine parts can be created...

  • Driving Change: how self-driving cars could revolutionise our world

    Transportation is probably the most interesting industries to witness undergoing change. A century-old invention seems like it's finally on the cusp of changing the way we go from point A to B. From the internet and GPS to 3D printing, Driving Change is a four-part series that covers the most powerful technologies moulding 21st century transport as we know it. Self-driving cars are the talk of the day. From Google (latest model pictured above) to the German automakers, who's making the most headway? How is this going to change the way we view ownership and insurance? Back in 1939, industrial designer...

  • Driving change: how tech has unlocked the power of ride-sharing

    Transportation is probably the most interesting industries to witness undergoing change. A century-old invention seems like it's finally on the cusp of changing the way we go from point A to B. From the internet and GPS to 3D printing, Driving Change is a four-part series that covers the most powerful technologies moulding 21st century transport as we know it. Whatever belongings you have that aren't being used while you read this, are being wasted. Think about that for a second. That old pair of running shoes lying in your closet could be on a budding athletes's feet while you...

  • Driving Change: how data is making our cities move smarter

    Transportation is probably the most interesting industries to witness undergoing change. A century-old invention seems like it's finally on the cusp of changing the way we go from point A to B. From the internet and GPS to 3D printing, Driving Change is a four-part series that covers the most powerful technologies molding 21st century transport as we know it. As any Motorburn reader would tell you, cars are getting freakishly smart these days. These four-wheelers can drive themselves around and even cruise around on the moon if they want to. Yet, for a large part, the ways in which...

  • This image shows just how many companies are playing in the connected car space

    Think about the term "connected cars" and chances are you'll think about how private cars of the future will interact with cars and objects around them using the internet. But it's actually a lot more complicated than that. Certainly, many companies do build products for private cars: the likes of Alpine and TomTom. But there are actually multiple categories of company working in multiple areas of the connected car space. These range from car-sharing services like Zipcar and Turo (formerly RelayRides) to e-hailing outfits such as Uber and Lyft. And then there are smart parking solutions, services aimed...

  • 5 super yachts that put your supercar lifestyle to shame

    I have heard of buying islands or sailing the seven seas in your ridiculous megayacht but now, island-yachts are the next big thing, literally frickin' massive. I can see the headlines now, "Billionaire straps rockets to a Canary Islands and takes it. paid in cash." So how exactly do you make a yacht that doubles as an island, most of the yachts out there are engineered for years until they are ready to battle the oceans? We won't drop you in the deep end just yet. For now, look no further than the Orsos. The Orsos, isn't a yacht, but literally...

  • 4 futuristic vehicles you won’t believe are being built right now

    People, the future is upon us. Everything that seemed like a distant dream, only spoken of in books and fantasized about in films, is rapidly manifesting into reality. If the endeavours in this article are to be successful we will soon have a world filled with jet bikes and flying billionaires. Still confused? Well read on and see some of the fantastic but surreal vehicles that currently being worked on. Read more: Here's everything you need to know about the enormous Roc space plane NASA's 10 engine drone copter The engineers at NASA are currently getting pretty creative by prototyping a 10-engine...

  • Watch out, Toyota: China’s hydrogen-powered tram is on your tail

    Two things usually come to mind when thinking about China: smog and super fast bullet trains. In an evident trade-off between these two, a not-so-fast-but-very-clean locomotive has been unveiled in Qingdao City. The tram has a meekly top speed of 43 miles per hour (nearly 70km) but emits zero carbon because it's running on hydrogen power, thanks to onboard fuel cells. According to Bloomberg Business, the three-car tram is capable of carrying as many as 380 passengers and can run for about 62 miles. It only takes as little as three minutes to refuel so pitstops are definitely out of the...

  • Is this what the instrument cluster of the future should look like?

    Unless you're getting into the kind of car that requires donning a boiler suit, chances are you'll find the instrument cluster behind the wheel pretty familiar. Just because something's been a certain way for a long time though, doesn't mean that's the way it should always be. That seems to be the thinking behind an experimental driver interface developed by Ustwo. The interface is a massive break from traditional instrument clusters, as well as the skeumorphic digital replicas which have replaced them in more contemporary vehicles. In an official blog post, the company (better known for making games than...

  • Here’s everything you need to know about the enormous Roc space plane

    Deep in the Californian Mojave desert an ambitious project is taking place that aims to send ripples through the corridors of time. A beast is being created, the likes of which the world has never seen. This creature is “Roc”, named after the Middle-Eastern bird of prey, and it will be the largest plane ever constructed in the history of mankind. Roc is being built by the Mojave Spaceport based aerospace company, Scaled Composites, for Stratolaunch Systems, a space transportation venture founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The purpose of this monstrosity will be to fly unmanned payloads or manned...

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