Starting their journey in the 18th century, cars have become a part of human culture and civilization. It is very hard to ignore the contribution of this wondrous automobile to the world we live in today and the feats mankind achieved over the past two centuries using them. Cars have been evolving ever since their inception, be it the efficiency of the engine or the speed, functionality or design, every car aspect has underwent numerous iterations and has seen many benchmarks and ultimatums. But car manufacturers never seem to settle down and with easier access to technology today, evolution of cars is taking place at a faster pace than ever.
In this article, we are going to focus only on the design aspects of a car and predict the future car design trends that we are going to see in the cars of tomorrow.
1. Broader, Lower and Lighter
Yes, cars of the future are going to be broader, lower and lighter when compared to the cars today. With fully-automated, self-driving cars not being science fiction concepts anymore, designers will be emphasizing on spacious and comfortable interiors where passengers can relax and rest while the car can drive by itself. More and more low ride cars are going to be designed to improve the car’s aerodynamics, speed and performance. Unnecessary chunks of interiors are further going to be removed making the interiors more spacious and also improving the power weight ratio by making the car lighter.
2. Panoramic Roofs and Double Doors
Though this particular design movement has already begun, we are going to see a lot of cars with extended window lines and transparent roofs. Considering the concept of automated, self-driving cars again, panoramic roofs made of strong, unbreakable glass can offer excellent views of the outside world to the passengers within and also add the illusion of a spacious interior. Also, we are going to see a lot of double door car design as opposed to a four-door vehicle. However these double doors are going to be swing out, thus occupying lesser space and still providing the full functionality of a traditional, four-door car.
3. Aggressive Headlights
With every car adopting an edgy, sports car design today, it won’t be late when we see headlights that are too aggressive to look and too bright to stare at! With headlights being one of the most important design aspects of a car, sharp and aggressive looking headlights are soon going to replace the wide eyed, oversized headlamps of today. While traditional headlights drain out a lot of battery power on long trips, newer technologies like LED lights will consume less power and emit stronger lights for longer durations when compared to their traditional counterparts.
4. Smarter Interiors
Probably the greatest bet on the future cars is the integration of smart technology and bringing internet on the wheels. Be it the heads-up display windshield which displays all the information about the car and the surrounding or a voice-activated speech-and-response system that gives the driver the power to control all the operations of the car over verbal commands like Apple’s Siri and Google’s Google Now… designers will have to work a lot on creating smart interiors to accommodate these systems that are interactive and responsible for their actions.
5. Hybrid Cars
Though all electric and self-driving cars prove that the future is brighter than ever, it is too soon to expect cars to drive by themselves and run long on batteries. Most of the car manufacturers believe this is still a matter of 10 years and we are only going to see such cars in the market somewhere between 2020 and 2030. Hence car designers have to come up with future car concepts that are a hybrid of the existing cars and the projected futuristic cars to fill the 10 year gap. Cars which can have both plug-in electric and diesel power sources and manual cars which can be allowed to park themselves occasionally using cameras and sensors.
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