Never would I have imagined that in a near future, cars would be such a common thing. When I was in college one of the major projects was with Ford Motor Company, each team was assigned to create a concept for the 2020 Ford Focus, back then in 2013 out team presented a driverless car concept where the car turned into a workspace and time spent in traffic was well spent. The comments we received were “Your project has to be realistic” which looking back makes me think that most of us didn’t think would be possible.
Technology has so rapidly grown throughout the years that probably most of our children will never have to drive a car. This opens up a can of worms to all the possibilities driverless cars will open for future behavior.
Vehicle designs will change radically, as they won´t need to withstand crashes in the same way and all of them will be electric (self-driving + software + service providers). Cars will not only look very different to what we know today but there will be huge innovations in the materials used to create them that will facilitate production with less human labor.
I like to imagine that technology will also help create a stronger bond between the car and the passenger by forming a system that learns from their users (mistakes, places, preferences, emotions and so on) I don´t really know if this is possible just yet but back in 2013 this is what got me the most excited about my project. Just thinking of all the possibilities available for human-car interaction.
Traffic policing will become very different to what we know today and self driving police cars may become more common around the city.
Cities will become much more dense as fewer roads and vehicles will be needed and transport will be cheaper and more available. The “walkable city” will continue to be more desirable as walking and biking become easier and more commonplace. When costs and timeframes of transit change, so will the dynamics of who lives and works where.