Written on July 31, 2010 – 6:45 am | by admin |
Future gadgets: future cars
The future car concept, the 918 Spyder, is supposed to be one of the fastest (if not THE fastest) hybrid electric car on the market. Most people don’t believe that a car which can go from 0-60 in under 3.2 seconds might also be eco-friendly, but the Porsche automakers beg to differ. This unique ride can reach tops speeds of 200 mph and gets a massive 78 miles per gallon – double the quantity most compact cars achieve on a good day.
This speed demon is charged by a 3.4 liter V8 engine which comes equipped with a lithium ion battery pack that can be charged from almost anywhere, as well as any time you hit the breaks. The pricing will be certainly in the 6 digit field (near the $500,000 mark), and is not likely to be scheduled for sale on the market for at least another year, probably closer to 2012 or 2013. Future cars will have many advantages from these technological innovations and the overall quality of usual day-to-day cars will be improved.
Nissan has also joined the race to produce and put up for sale the first practical electric car. Nissan Leaf, as they named it, is projected to achieve up to 100 miles per battery charge with a top speed of 75 mph. The leaf is a pure electric car that runs on lithium-ion batteries and can hold up to 5 passengers. The battery is anticipated to completely recharge within 8-16 hours, depending on the wattage of the outlet.
The target economies for car are the United States, Europe, and Japan. The starting price for this ground-breaking sedan will be somewhere between $25-30,000, much less than its prestige adversary, the Tesla Model S which costs $58,000 and debuts in 2012. The new Scion iQ, Toyota’s next extremely anticipated car is hoping to break through in the U.S. come the end of 2010/early 2011. This new mini car is theoretically more eco-friendly, and capable to achieve almost 55 miles per gallon. The new look is definitely the best part of the new Scion. The previous Scions have always been quite boxy looking with not as much appeal, but this one seems to have a much better design.
The iQ will be able to sit 3 people, 2 in the front and 1 smaller individual in the back. The price is estimated to be about $15,000 and over 25,000 orders have already been fulfilled. Scion’s area of focus will be Europe and Japan. There seem to be more than a few designers and universities around the globe that have successfully designed cars that can drive themselves, without any real human intervention. Some of these cars have been able to navigate through lanes, follow traffic signs, make U-turns, and even avoid obstacles. Some scientists predict that by the year 2020 our roads will be operated by driverless cars. The objective of these new cars is to prevent traffic jams.
Each of these cars use a camera, lasers, and GPS sensors that shoot out light beams which can detect reflections, thus determining the distance from the obstacles.