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You summon your car to arrive at a storefront within minutes. Your car biometrically scans your face, unlocking the door. Once buckled in, your seatbelt checks your vitals and relays your health status on the dashboard. As you start to drive, a notification appears on your windshield noting a signal from a crash that happened seconds ago. This high-tech model is possible for the future of consumer cars.

For over one hundred years, cars have been a fascinating, continuously evolving aspect of our lives. Every decade, we develop a breakthrough in car technology that supports improvements in safety, design and how we drive. Today, you can see emerging technologies and may even try them firsthand in newer rental cars.

You’re likely familiar with sustainable engine improvements such as electric vehicles — or EVs (Prius, anyone?) — with an expected 18.7 million on the roads by 2030. With more cars relying on electric power, it allows for faster progress in car functionality. For instance, this is one of the reasons why EVs reach higher speeds quicker than gas vehicles.

With more vehicle power coming from batteries, induction motors and electric currents, the unimaginable is becoming a reality. Learn what to expect from new car models.

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Opinions on the Future of Cars 

With vast improvements come life enhancements and potential risks, especially when we put our lives in the hands of technology. Researchers in the industry are not only improving car technology but questioning how these advancements affect our society. Check out expert opinions below! 

Decreased human error: The saying “humans make mistakes” relays in car accidents (small and large) and lack of proper car maintenance. Researchers believe that new car technology will protect more drivers on the road since artificial intelligence will be watching over our driving care and habits like reaction time. 

EVs benefit people, the environment and economy: The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy endorses the use of electric vehicles not only because EVs reduce emissions and pollution, but also since it allows the US to have a greater diversity of fuel choices — making us less vulnerable to price spikes and inefficient supply distributions. Because of this, car manufacturers may produce 14 million electric cars by 2030 and create car electric batteries lasting a million miles.

Technology may struggle to keep up with human life There’s even a word for it: Technochauvinism. This is the belief that technology is the solution to every problem. Technochauvinism is a concept outlined by Meredith Broussard (a data journalist and associate professor at NYU) in her book Artificial Unintelligence. Broussard notes that “It comes from a particular kind of bias that says that mathematical and engineering problems are superior to human problems.” For example, with self-driving cars, engineers might overlook minorities when creating this technology. A self-driving car may injure a person in a wheelchair if artificial intelligence does not recognize them.

If you’re a classic car buyer, you eventually may have to hold back from taking your vintage vehicle for a drive. With vast improvements in car engineering, cities around the globe are beginning to ban older cars that don’t comply with new technology. In fact, car ownership will eventually become a thing of the past, making rideshare apps and renting cars a more common option. 

Our lives seem to be in the hands of cars as future vehicle technology enhances — research has shown both valid pros and cons of this. Sooner than later, you’ll be the judge of how these advances affect our society.

Additional Sources:

USA Today | Hyundai | NAPA | motor1 | AARP | MarketWatch | LiveScience | NBC News | Mercedes-Benz | CarTrade | WSJ