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Peugeot-Citroen’s Hybrid Air Leads Future Electric Car Innovation

While we’re already enjoying the success of new car technologies through hybrid, plug-in and all electric cars, what will the cars of the future be like? In terms of advances in technology, some of the more likely forms that future cars will take include self driven and part automated cars, as well as more sophisticated electric cars. For the more immediate future, we may see enhanced vehicle to vehicle communication, augmented reality, and better communications between smartphones and cars.

Self Driving Cars

One of the more promising areas for future cars is the self driven vehicle. Google have been working on an automated fleet for some time, while Lexus recently debuted plans for a partly automated car. Although Google have been using 3D cameras and car to car communications, and others have been experimenting with convoy technologies, the legal complications of a self driven car mean that the near future will more likely feature part driven cars.

These cars will kick into automated modes in the event of a accident, and represent more advanced versions of current cruise control and safety features.

Electric Cars Technology

Another key area for future car development is the electric vehicle, already an important breakthrough in terms of lithium ion batteries, chargers, and successful all electric cars from BMW and Chevrolet. Future electric cars will likely improve existing hybrid technologies to rely solely on electric motors; doing so will cut out emissions and will exponentially increase mileage. Toyota, BMW and other manufacturers are working on guidelines whereby EU cars will not be allowed to produce more than 95 grams of CO2 by 2020.

In terms of other technologies, we are likely to see rapid improvements in V2V, or vehicle to vehicle communications over the next few years; this will involve wireless contact between car systems, with the potential to avert accidents where there is a danger of a collision. Augmented reality and Heads Up Displays (HUDs) for cars is also becoming a reality, with drivers able to read GPS, mileage, and other data from their windscreen. In the future, alternative energy sources for cars might include body panels that can collect solar energy.

Other future car trends include Peugeot-Citroen ’s experimentation with Hybrid Air powertrains as a replacement for standard batteries, as well as the development of better electric batteries. Improved safety cameras and thermal imaging for cars will also be likely, while Ford are working on Arduino derived microcomputers that can connect wirelessly to smartphones to relay information.

For the time being, drivers can be content in knowing that manufacturers are committed to producing hybrid and all electric cars that aim to reduce emissions and improve mileage, a necessity given the recent surge in petrol and diesel prices. Cars like the Peugeot iON, the Renault Zoe, and the Nissan Leaf are all demonstrating the benefits of engines that produce low to zero emissions. Well established cars like the Toyota Prius, and the recently launched Prius Plug-In Hybrid also sustain the value of hybrid cars for boosting mileage and lowering CO2 emissions on the road.

Liam Young writes about cars, from choosing a car from Inchcape Toyota Burton to the latest Formula One updates. In his spare time he enjoys attending as many Formula One races as possible.

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