Flying Cars, Gardens in the Glove Box and the Future of Driving Technology: The Geneva Motor Show
- 22 Mar, 2017
Airbus' Flying Drone Car
In a concept car that was presumably inspired by Wacky races, this tiny Airbus concept car is an electric two-seater that comes with a detachable, autonomous drone that can pick the car up and take it to the skies!
A high-tech, aerodynamic alternative to wing mirrors, this Mercedes instead offers cameras that hook up to a screen on the inside. The Car doesn't look too bad either!
Tending the Car-den
The big trend at the moment among car manufacturers is self-driving cars. As cars will have eyes on the road for us in future, then car interiors will become more spacious, luxurious and living room-like. This model, the Rinspeed Oasis takes that to the extreme, and even comes with houseplants. More useful is the onboard touchscreen, touch sensitive projection HUD and voice and gesture control. No word on whether it waters the plants for you though!
The 21st Century Camper Van
Yes, Volkswagen are re-imagining the iconic Camper and bringing it into the 21st Century! This electric-powered model has lidar, radar, cameras and all sorts of sensors making it fully self-driving. It also comes with a detachable tablet that you can take and use independently of the car. Perhaps most impressively, it can supposedly do 270mph on a single charge, meaning you can kit it out with a projector and take it out into the wilderness for a drive-in cinema without worrying about running out of juice.
Renault Raise the Roof
...and we mean that literally! This gorgeous concept car, the Trezor, stole the show at GMS 2017, with its eye-popping design being made up of only two separate pieces of metal, separated by one seam. That means there aren't any doors - instead, the entire top half of the car opens like a clamshell! How practical that will be remains to be seen, but the Trezor promises 350bhp from its electric motor, as well as full self-driving capabilities. Renault hope to release it commercially in 2020, so you could be seeing them appearing on drives in the not too distant future!