Driving a car – mobility – makes you free and independent. But especially against the backdrop of global warming, which is largely due to pollution from car exhaust, a rethinking of "tomorrow’s mobility – the future of the car" must take place. Polar ice is melting, mega-cities pose an enormous risk to the environment and health due to smog and congestion. The goal is to make cars cleaner and safer by the year 2050. A step in the right direction has already been taken: by 2040, the sale of new gasoline and diesel vehicles will be banned. But what will the cars of the future look like?? The two key concepts are: autonomy and electricity.
robotic cars – the future of mobility?
Lean back and relax and no longer have to concentrate on the road ahead – self-driving cars on German roads are still a thing of the future, but the date is already on everyone’s lips: autonomous driving is set to become a reality on the roads by 2050. Engineers in Germany, the USA and Japan are already working on robotic cars – the mercedes F 015, tesla`s model S or the vehicle christened "highway teammate" by toyota, a converted lexus GS, which is due to be on the market by the time of the olympics in tokyo in 2020.
Dedicated lanes for autonomous cars? Photo: dpa/die welt
The technical prerequisites for self-driving cars are definitely there. Already on the market are cars with parking assistants, lane departure or evasion assistants, automatic emergency brakes, speed controllers or vigilance monitoring systems. And perhaps virtual assistants like siri will soon be part of the mobile future as well?
Electricity instead of gasoline
Another major topic for the future in the automotive sector is new drive technologies, especially electric vehicles, which are powered by electric energy instead of gasoline. On the one hand, of course, there are environmental reasons for this, and on the other, there is a consensus that fossil fuels have no future. While only 4500 electric cars were on the roads in germany at the beginning of 2012, the number had already risen to over 34 by the beginning of 2017.000 and at the beginning of 2018 there were already 53.861 electric cars. The noise pollution caused by the quiet electric motors is much lower than that caused by internal combustion engines, and no harmful emissions are emitted. How the climate balance is, however, depends on the source of electricity. Because electricity generated in a coal-fired power plant does not have a better environmental balance than a gasoline engine.
Mars instead of earth
Of course, you can’t say with 100 percent certainty what will happen in the future, so you shouldn’t worry too much about what will happen in 2050. But if you look at the development of our nature, one possibility is not far-fetched: due to environmental problems, mankind may no longer live on earth but on mars and the dreams of the future regarding the cars of the future will become reality.