Infographic: What will the car of the future look like?



Which of these groundbreaking cars going to lead the way for the automobile of the future?


EN-V is short for Electric Networked Vehicle

  • Autonomous driving, parking and retrieval with advanced sensors and drive-by-wire systems.
  • Electricity supplied by a lithium-ion phosphate battery and can be recharged using standard sockets

RELEASE DATE: Unknown SUMMARY Recharge from you ordinary sockets!

Vsion Tokyo

Looks more like a high-tech lounge than the inside of a vehicle.

  • Sprawling windshield feels more like the cockpit of a powerboat
  • The side windows are screen printed in the colour of the bodywork providing extra privacy.
  • Alubeam exterior color and illuminated blue accents along the 26-inch wheels and side skirts
  • Emissions-free electric drive with autonomous operation.
  • Advanced multi-media experience with displays projected as 3D holograms within the interior space

RELEASE DATE: Concept only (for now…) SUMMARY All the blue makes it feel very TRON

Terrafugia Transition

It may not be a haver car but this comes close.

  • The carbon fibre vehicle is legal to both drive on the road and take to the sky.
  • It has a flight range of 425nmi (489mi; 787km) and a cruising flight speed of 931w (107mph; 172km/h).
  • On the road, it can be driven up to 70 miles per hour (110 km/h) with normal traffic.
  • Its folded dimensions are designed to fit within a standard household garage

RELEASE DATE: 2009 SUMMARY: Did we mention its has Autopilot.

Tesla Model R

This is a supercar by anyones standard. But it is also electric.

  • Pumps out somewhere in the neighborhood 620-hp via dual wheel-mounted electric batteries
  • 0-60 mph time of 2.4 seconds.
  • All this paired to a single-speed gear-reduction transmission fitted with paddle shifters.
  • 200 miles of range on one charge.

RELEASE DATE: 2016 SUMMARY: Testlas track record means it’s likely that the Model R will live up to the hype

Navya Arma

An electric shuttle, autonomous and intelligent service of mobility.

  • Navya ARMA is a public transport vehicle that is completely electric and autonomous.
  • Can carry up to 15 people and travel up to 45km/h.
  • Sensors that can communicate with each other and combine data to refine decision-making vehicle.
  • LIDAR sensors perceive the 3D environment and ensure the detection of obstacles. Stereovision camera to detect obstacles and analyze road scenes (signage, lights) extracting the data.

RELEASE DATE: October 2015 SUMMARY No more backseat driving. This car can read road signs!

Mersedes-Benz IAA

The shape-shifting aero vehichle.

  • Automatically, when this car reaches 80 km/h or at the touch of a button, IM begins to morph.
  • The 4-door coupe has 8 segments which extend at the rear, increasing its length by up to 390 mm.
  • Flaps in the front bumper extend by 25 millimetres and the same again by 20 millimetres to the rear.
  • It’s ‘active rims’ alter their shape to improve airflow. Able to completely change its form to improve aerodynamics at higher speeds, increasing efficiency.

RELEASE DATE: 2017 SUMMARY: You’ll be the envy of the Autobahn.

eRinGo EV

Drum-shaped electric vehicle with two steering wheels.

Central hub contains space for two.

Driven by an electric motor, three rings that surround the vehicle, with a gyroscope and two side wheels keep it upright.

The vehicle can carry two passengers and either can steer. When one person wants to hand over control, their steering wheel disengages, and the other wheel frees up for use.

RELEASE DATE: Concept only (for now…) SUMMARY Fewer wheels, less chance of a flat tyre.

Mercedes-Benz BIOME

This vechicle has as much in common with bacteria as it does any car.

  • The interior of the BIOME grows from the DNA in the Mercedes star on the front and back.
  • The wheels are grown from four separate seeds. Genetically engineered to different customer specifications.
  • The car would weigh around 394 kg plus would be lighter than plastic yet stronger than steel.
  • Running on a fuel called “BioNectar4534” stored in the car’s BioFibre, and its only emission oxygen.
  • The whole thing would also be completely biodegradable.

RELEASE DATE: Unknown SUMMARY: It’s grown in a lab.


3-seater hybrid car, combining aspects of a 4×4 with those of a sports car.

  • Made of Aerogel, a material often used in space exploration, as a lightweight, insulating shell.
  • The material, which is 99.8% gas provides insulation against temperature and weather extremes.
  • It’s combined with a carbon fibre frame to increase stiffness in key areas and to reduce frame torsion.
  • The car also provides a number of seating possibilities when operated by automated drive passengers use the spacious lounge in the rear seats and when driving off-road or just for fun middle seating position for driving in the front is used.

RELEASE DATE: Concept only (for now…) SUMMARY: More seating possibilities than a game of musical chairs.

Taihoo 2046

A car design based on a stone (the Taihu Stone).

  • Takes concept from the porous nature of the stone by combining transparent and translucent features.
  • The interior of the car is designed using a flexible mesh which allows the seating apparatus to easily transform into a bed surface effectively turning the car into a camping tent.
  • The windows are slightly curved so that they become a wrap around screen showing movies. RELEASE DATE: Concept only (for now…) SUMMARY Never pay for a drive in cinema again.

ZPM AirPod

Gasoline is already the fuel of the past.

– Zero Pollution Motors (ZPM), LLC predicts air compression is the way forward.
– The first compressed air-powered car to be sold in the USA.
– The AIRPod vehicle could very well be the solution to urban pollution and urban transport.
– It’s small size makes it idea for the city environment, coupled with the zero emissions.

RELEASE DATE: Late 2016 / Early 2017 SUMMARY Zero Dinosaurs died in the running of this car!

Rinspeed sQuba

Bond would be proud this amphibian.

  •  The sQuba is a zero-emission, electric vehicle, using 3 electric motors, 1 for land travel, 2 for water.
  •  Onroad it’s powered by an electric rear-wheel drive powertrain, using rechargeable lithium-ion cells.
  •  Once entering water, it floats on the surface until the operator floods the interior to submerge it.
  •  Diving to a depth of 10m (33 ft), twin electric propellers and 2 Seabob water jets provide propultion.
  •  Top land speed of 120 km/h (75 mph) and on the surface of water 6 km/h (3.2 Im; 3.7 mph). Sadly underwater it maxes out at a meagre 3 km/h (1.6 kn; 1.9 mph) however.

RELEASE DATE: 2008 SUMMARY: Beach holidays wont be the same again.


This car is literally an extension of you home.

  • Never carry groceries up to you appartment again. The Metromorph doubles as an elevator.
  •  Not only this but it also parks itself to double as your balcony when it gets there.
  • This clears up the issue of limited urban parking, and creates an additional living space as well

RELEASE DATE: Concept only (for now…) SUMMARY: No more elevator music. Unless thats whats on the radio in your car…

Posche Mission E

Porssche meets “Minarity Report”.

– Porsche’s traditional five-gauge dashboard is virtually rendered in OLED. – Eye-tracking feature that lets the driver select menus and submenus by looking at the desired option.

– The screens also move in parallax to stay visible no matter the driver’s seating position.

– The HVAC and entertainment systems are controlled by hands-free gesture control.

– Wing mirrors are replaced by cameras that feed displays in the lower corners of the windshield.

RELEASE DATE: Unknown SUMMARY: No need to remember to turn you wing mirrors in when parked on a road again.

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