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When the first car was driven in America in the 1830s, no one knew to what extent they would continue to develop and evolve over the next 200 years. Cars and other vehicles as we know them have developed to be safer, more environmentally friendly and more cost efficient. With all these modern technologies and innovations, we can wonder: what does the future hold?

The future of cars is theorised in a variety of ways, depending on who you ask. A car manufacturer might have a very different opinion than a consumer. Consider first the evolution in safety: cars have grown to include seat belts, air bags and anti-lock brakes as well as satellite navigation systems and GPS powered locator systems in case you should ever be stranded. One theory on the future of cars guesses that cars will one day be simply programmed with a destination and will then be able to drive itself safely from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’. Considering all the elements involved in safe road driving, it is likely that if this theory were to come true, it won’t be for another 100 years or so.

Environment-Saving Innovations

The main goal of cars in this economically and environmentally-focused generation is to preserve the Earth while at the same time reducing costs to the consumer. This might include innovations like smaller, more powerful engines or more sustainable fuels. Perhaps the future of vegetable oil-run cars isn’t as wild a notion as it once was. With fuel prices rising and supply diminishing, it is not surprising that car manufacturers are looking for alternative options for fuel, as well as focusing on saving energy simultaneously. These focuses will help to dictate the evolution of the car in the next few years.

New Age Materials

Another feature that is likely to develop further is the consideration for materials used when building the car’s auto body. Everything from the panelling and frame to the windshields will be explored for ideas on developing new and more efficient mechanisms. The materials could include water-resistant windows, fibreglass and carbon fibre- all of which would make the vehicle lighter and possible even more able to sustain higher impacts at different speeds- making your future vehicle the safest generation in cars.

Thus, when considering the future of cars, consider first the evolution that has unfolded since the first car was driven in America in the 1830s. Over 200 years the car has become the staple of western life as we know it to be today. As technologies develop faster and faster, it is likely that the next generation of evolution will be on our doorsteps in a much shorter time than 200 years from today.

Catherine Halsey writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.