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Five Technologies That Will Change The Rules Of Driving


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August.28.2014

From cars that will allow you to sleep behind the wheel to the ones that will keep you hydrated for hours, there will be outrageous revolutions on the road in the coming years. Carmudi, an online vehicle marketplace owned by investment conglomerate, Africa Internet Holding, has zeroed in on five key technologies that will hit the market in the next decade. And these are bound to change the rules of driving across the globe. Take a look

Fitted with cameras, sensors, radar and lasers, self-driven cars will bring a new dimension to drivers’ etiquette on roads. Although Google’s self-driven cars are already in operation, they are still in the decision-making process of whether to manufacture the cars themselves or sell the technology to already well-established car manufacturers

The idea is nothing new and it was first seen in 1917. It was the Curtiss Autoplane, a vehicle that hopped rather than flew. These types of vehicles were initially used for emergency services, law enforcement and the super-rich. In terms of a mass produced flying car, we are years off but some companies are working on exactly this with Terrafugia being a leader in this research.

Aimed at those who live in crowded urban areas, it will attempt to solve the problems associated with travelling in these locations. It is a system where one calls a networked car via a Smartphone app and the vehicle (pod) arrives at that destination and picks up a maximum of two people. The pod calculates the best route based on real time traffic information. It may sound like an idea too far in the future, but those at General Motors plan to run tests on this system in large cities around the world by 2020.

Electric cars have long been thought to be the solution to CO2 emissions from gas guzzling motors and yet they’re not so widely used. Why? Simple they’re expensive. The reason behind their high price is the high production cost of Li-ion batteries used to power them. However, professors at the University Wollongong, Australia have had a breakthrough. An element found abundantly in the earth’s crust (germanium) has the ability when incorporated into the battery to increase the energy storage of Li-ion batteries by 5 times. What’s more, improved storage will reduce the price of the batteries.

These types of cars are seen as the solution to the environmentally damaging combustion-engined vehicles and expensive electricity-powered cars. These vehicles produce water as a byproduct and are said to be capable of long range driving, according to Samuelsen. However, there is not a high number of charging stations readily available across different locations to make them practical and the large batteries take up trunk space. Modifications are underway to make these things no longer a problem.

 

Article Credit: Ventures-africa

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Tags:     Carmudi     Africa Internet Holding     Google     General Motors     CO2

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