In 1913, Henry T. Ford created the assembly line that reduced the time it took to build his Model T’s and allowed him to sell it at a cheaper price.
From there, cars have only gotten more advanced with new features in safety and comfort.
Today, manufacturers are hoping to enhance on features already implemented on older models by making them more effective, as well as adding new features like automatization, fuel efficiency, and innovative parts.
Titanium, the Lighter Metal
Titanium is a metal that is 45% lighter than steel while being just as strong and more resistant to corrosion.
The metal has been used in certain parts such as exhausts and on the body of higher-end cars such as the Icona Volcano Titanium for some time now.
However, they are being considered more seriously for other parts since they are cheap to acquire.
Their lightness also creates an environmentally friendly aspect to cars because lighter vehicles use less energy and therefore emit fewer greenhouse emissions.
By switching to the more durable and lighter titanium wires, newer car models will become more fuel efficient and eventually save the consumer some more money in the long run.
Automated Driving Improves Safety Concerns on the Road
There are many new safety features that cars are now including in their designs to ensure that accidents do not happen.
For example, automatic braking systems are using sensors to detect objects that are close to the vehicle.
If the system detects a large speed difference between that object and the car, the breaks will automatically be applied to reduce speed and minimize any damage caused by a potential collision.
In 2018, the new Lexus LS Sedan and Volvo XC60 will also use these features to detect pedestrians in the road and automatically steer the car away to avoid them and any loss of life.
These innovations are safe for the driver and anyone else on the road and will also pave the way for entirely self-driving cars in the near future.
Fuel-Efficient Cars that Seems to Run on Triple-A Batteries
Throughout 2018, a lot more electric vehicles are being added to the production line.
With advancements and new breakthroughs in technology, the current industry is starting to tackle the issue of range.
In 2017, by employing batteries with capacities over 60 kWh, electric cars now have a range of 320 kilometres (200 miles).
These batteries are also being researched in order to shorten charging times and increase capacity for even longer distances.
Supercapacitors are being used as an alternative energy source to the current lithium-ion batteries. They charge much faster but still don’t hold as much charge per individual cell.
Therefore, in the coming years, a new carbon-based supercapacitor may hit the market to surpass the capacities of lithium-ion batteries and create a car that simply keeps going and going.
As time goes on, cars will only get cooler, faster, and more efficient.
Although flying cars still seem to be a long way off, they aren’t entirely impossible seeing how far the industry has come and what features are lightyears ahead of its time.