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Tech Is Going To Change Driving In Ways You Can’t Imagine

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You might think you understand how new technology is going to change driving, but you don’t. You may believe that you have gotten to grips with the latest tech and what it will mean when it hits the market, you haven’t. You have no idea how different the roads and the car industry is going to look a few years from now. So sit back as we take you on a road trip to the future.

Will I Still Need Car Insurance?

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You’re not the only one wondering whether car insurance will still be necessary five or ten years from now. After all, you can barely get through one day without someone suggesting that cars are going to drive themselves. Well, let’s clear a few things up right now. First, even car insurers haven’t begun to figure out how autonomous cars are going to fit into the future plans. You won’t find it mentioned anywhere on a site like moneyexpert.com and there’s a good reason for that. It’s not on the horizon…yet. That doesn’t mean it won’t be and there are certainly impressive advances in place. For instance, this year there will be one hundred thousand plus self-driving cars on the road. But it’s important to know what self-driving means. It doesn’t mean that these cars will be driving on highways at full speed. Nor does it mean that these cars are completely free to drive themselves. The current ability of self-driving cars is to travel at low speeds and essentially course correct. You can think of it as the next logical step for cruise control.

So, where does car insurance fit in? Well, people are starting to think about who’s going to be to blame if a car crashes and no one is driving it. Or, more likely, who’s going to pay up. When cars are fully autonomous, you can bet these questions are going to be debated. Right now, though, we’re still at least two decades away from most cars being able to drive themselves. Let alone being fully autonomous.

What About Fuel?

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Whatever happened to the hybrid car? As you can see on time.com, the hybrid market has hit a slump. It’s still around but not quite as popular as advocates of the tech had hoped. Indeed, it’s fair to say that the hybrid car is no longer consider to be the future fuel of vehicles. For one thing, it’s a band aid for a gaping wound. A hybrid car is more environmentally toxic than anyone would care to admit and still includes a petrol engine. So, it’s hard to champion it as the savior of the car industry when drivers want to be eco-friendly. This brings the question as to what cars will be powered by in ten years.

Well, we know what they won’t be powered by, and that’s diesel. Governments are planning to tax diesel cars to high heaven and ensure that they are as unattractive to buyers as physically possible. Some places like London are even considering an all out ban. You can read more about that on newstatesman.com.

As for the real savior of the future? That could be the electric car. It’s quickly making a comeback which is ironic considering the top speeds of the original electric cars. Tesla now have an electric car in development that is going to rival the top supercars, and that’s an impressive evolution of this tech.

But there are other possibilities in the work too. For instance, some people are still in favor of putting development into hydrogen-fueled cars. There’s been quite a lot of interest by tech innovators in Britain. The problem is that while people know roughly what a hybrid is and can work out the electric car, they don’t know much about hydrogen power at all. That makes it difficult to market which is why this possibility hasn’t seen much progress.

How About The Roads?

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There should definitely be less congestion thanks to the new tech that councils and governments are putting in place on the roads. Roads are getting smarter, and within five years we’ll see our first roads that can actually change traffic speed based on the possibility of congestion. Nope, we’re not talking about preparing for congestion further down the road. This clever tech would record the number of cars, the speeds and figure out the chance of a traffic jam. It would then change speed limits to match needs. It’s being tested right now and should lead to some very exciting possibilities in the future.

Did you see any of these changes coming? Or is the future of driving a whole new world that you’re not yet prepared for?

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Soon You Won’t Be Driving Your Car, It’ll Be Driving You

At this year’s CES we saw a veritable bevy of new, incredible technologies from a wide range of manufacturers. At this year’s Las Vegas tech fest, cars were not so much cars anymore, but rather high-performance smartphones on wheels.

Here are some of the highlights from the event.

The Year Of The Drag Racer

Websites like Custom-Transmissions.com  have been specializing in drag racing for many years. But this year two companies: Tesla and Faraday Future been battling to be the king of the drag race. Faraday futures new car, the FF 91, is incredible. At the show, they demoed the car which they claim has more than 1000 brake horsepower, distributed to all four wheels through two big electric motors. This gives the car the ability to do 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.4 seconds, faster than a Bugatti Veyron.

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Just last year, Tesla announced that the top of the range Model S could do 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds. It is clear that the upstart electric car maker, Faraday Future, wanted to steal some of Tesla’s thunder at the Consumer Electronics show this month. But not to be outdone, Tesla has since increased the performance of its car over 0 to 60 miles per hour, claiming that the new software update for the Tesla P100D allows the car to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.39 seconds.

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Hyundai Went Fully Autonomous On Us

The Hyundai Ioniq is the first family of cars from Hyundai to feature hybrid varieties, plug-in hybrid varieties, and electric only. However, at this year’s CES the Ioniq line was further enhanced by Hyundai showing off their new autonomous system for the range. The autonomous system comes with all of the usual features we have seen from the likes of Ford and Tesla, which Hyundai expects will allow the car to drive around California by itself in the next couple of years or so. At the show, guests were treated to the Ioniq driving around Las Vegas without a human pilot.

Renault Made Its Twizy Open Source

The Renault Twizy is a single-seater electric car designed for people who live in very busy urban centers, like Paris. It is also a very simple car which makes it perfect as a platform for open source software and hardware. Together with a company called iOSvehicle, Renault showcased one of its Twizy models which it claims is fully accessible and configurable by any company. They hope that the combination of advanced cockpit technology, autonomy, and the ability to connect to the Internet of things will make the Renault Twizy a platform for the future.

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In addition to the Twizy, Renault also introduced delegates at CES to the charging cable it has been developing with pilots, according to http://www.evo.co.uk/. The cable itself is electroluminescent, enabling it to flash and pulse when it is charging. Flashing is fastest when charging is in full swing and starts to slow down as the battery gets full.

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The Five Best Hybrid Cars On The Road

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Just ten years ago, it was difficult to imagine a world where hybrid cars ruled the roads. Nowadays, it seems almost inevitable. The giant leaps made by the auto industry have made electric driving a reality. Not only that, but they’ve made electric driving fun, exciting, and beautiful. Modern electric vehicles aren’t just practical, they’re ferocious!

Some of the fastest cars on the planet are now hybrids. Meanwhile, the infrastructure on our roads is improving for electric vehicles. There are more EV charging station manufacturers than ever before. It’s easier to charge up, and the cars themselves last much longer. The big question is, which is the best hybrid car on the road?

1. Ferrari La Ferrari

Forget the Toyota Prius, there are a generation of new kids on the block. They’re called hybrid supercars, and they are lead by Ferrari La Ferrari. It’s so phenomenal they named it twice. It represents a new breed of supercar, powered by a hybrid engine. Using both electric and petrol engines, it produces an outstanding 1,400 bhp. The Ferrari is in good company too. The Porsche Spyder 918 and McLaren P1 boast similar statistics, and represent the pinnacle of motoring. Hybrid engines are no longer slow or dull. They are the future. But, enough about supercars, what are the best road cars out there?

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2. BMW i3 hatchback

Most industry magazines and petrolheads are in agreement here. The BMW i3 is the most advanced hybrid road car available. BMW claim it will stretch to a jaw-dropping 470 mpg due to its powerful electric engine. This is more than six times the efficiency of the first Toyota Prius. We’ve come a long way in a short period of time, that’s for sure. The strange, futuristic design will put some people off. But, there’s no arguing about it’s impressive credentials. No other road car comes close.

3. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

It’s particularly interesting to see a 4×4 so high on this list. Traditionally, these vehicles are the gas guzzling monsters that caused global warming! For the Outlander to hit the roads with such impressive hybrid stats is quite something. Once you’ve subtracted the government grant for efficiency, it’s no more expensive than the diesel version. That makes the Outlander incredible value for money. The car will also reach an impressive 148 mpg, which is unheard of for an SUV.

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4. Toyota Prius

Toyota continue to hold the bar high when it comes to hybrid models. After all, they are the company that changed the auto industry. The range of the electric motor is still a problem for some drivers. At only 20 miles, you won’t get far before switching to full petrol. However, efficiency is improving, and the Prius will now turn out 108 mpg.

5. VW Golf GTE

The Volkswagen is one of the few cars that hasn’t switched to a futuristic design or style. It maintains that iconic Golf look, but it drives on a cleaner engine. It’s considered a performance hybrid. It will generate a staggering 188 mpg, but also hit a top speed of 138 mph. This is what you get when speed and efficiency collide.