If you grew up playing science fiction video games or watching science fiction movies, at some point in your life you coveted the technology that you would see on your screen. And, honestly, who wouldn't? Maybe you dreamed of owning a flying car that could take you back to the future. Or, wished of racing a spaceship into a galaxy far far away. If you are a 90s baby, you expected to see some of these technologies running around in 2020.
But, you are in luck. Upon further inspection, you can see the world features some technologies that eerily parallel some of the things you might see on screen. We can now 3D print organs, clone animals, edit genes, travel in flying cars, pilot drones, and travel in autonomous transportation. So, at the very least, we are off to a pretty good start. Now, let's focus on this idea of futuristic cars.
How do you imagine the future?
As a child at your primary school desk, how did you imagine the future? When sketching what features futuristic cars might have, did it resemble anything you might see on the road right now? Maybe it looked a little like the cyber truck? The automotive industry is currently going through a mini-revolution, pursuing a host of new technologies and features that will bring cars into the future.
It has been argued that cars in the next decade will change more than they have in the past century. As stated by a team of authors at The Conversation, “While the look and feel of our cars have changed in the past 100 years, the way we drive them hasn’t. But fundamental change is coming. In the next decade, not only will the way they’re powered and wired have shifted dramatically, but we won’t be the ones driving them anymore.”
From design to our overall driving experience, everything is expected to change, giving us vehicles that you idolized on your screen as a child. Cars might be completely electric in the next decade, completely outperforming anything that has a combustion engine.
A decade from now, we might even drive our cars, and the vehicles we drive may just simply be a way to get from point A to point B. The rise and push of autonomous cars are prevalent in the industry. Finally, cars might be completely connected to our homes, the streets, other people, and other cars. The emergence of the smart city could create a level of interconnectedness we have never seen before. But, what about the “futuristic” cars right now?
Though the following cars may only flirt with the ideas mentioned above, there are some great vehicles and concepts out there, that would make some of your science fiction heroes jealous. Today we are going to explore some of the most futuristic cars on the market. We will look at two measuring points, the overall design of the vehicle and some of the features the vehicle comes equipped with. It is good to mention that a lot of the vehicles on this list have a premium price ticket or may simply be a concept car. So for now, save this as a wish list.
This car is a force of nature, just pure unchecked power if you are lucky enough to get your hands on one, let alone afford one. It has been a while since the British brand, Lotus dropped a new vehicle, 11 years exactly. However, if you were a Lotus fan, this may be the car that you have been waiting for all these years. The new Evija, pronounced “e-VY-a”, is an all-electric hypercar that can push out an impressive 2000 horsepower without blinking an eye. However, let’s break that down even further.
Each of the wheels on the vehicle has four motor-generators, producing 493 horsepower each, so roughly 2000 horsepower. And with all this power at your fingertips, expect the Evija to take you from 0 to 100 kph in under three seconds, with a top speed of 349kph. The vehicle also will have one of the fastest charging battery packs in the world, promising to charge its depleted battery to 80% in 18 minutes. Expect to get 402 kilometers off of one charge.
The design itself is eye-catching, though not completely revolutionary. Though it is on-brand for Lotus to create timeless vehicles. Simply for what this car represents, the power of EVs, this car makes the list. At one point, most of us believed EVs to be a weaker alternative to their combustion cousins, now almost every major manufacturer is working on an electric flagship. We are looking forward to catching the Lotus Evija on the road in the next year or two.
What will draw buyers to autonomous vehicles in the future? Car enthusiasts love driving vehicles. If you take a look at a lot of the autonomous vehicles many of them rival your living room. The cars of the future and even some now, have stunning feature-packed interiors. If you are not taken back by Byton’s design philosophy, then you will be blown away by its interior. The Byton K-Byte will be the premium SUV of the future.
Expected to come in 2021, the car will feature level 4 autonomous driving, meaning it can drive without human oversight. It will feature massive and stunning touch screens in its interior that will be used for everything from entertainment to controlling the car. Even more interesting, Byton's side "LiGuard" sensors are retractable when it's not in autonomous mode. You will be even able to control the car using Amazon Alexa.
Honda Augmented Driving Concept
What is more futuristic than adding augmented reality to your driving experience? The autonomous vehicle promises to shuttle passengers around safely in the new smart city reacting to its surrounding environment but never ignoring your needs. With simple hand gestures, you can tell the concept vehicle to pull-over for food, find the best place to take a picture, or stop by the nearest bathroom.
People were excited to hear about Porshe’s upcoming electric car. Say what you want about the brand, Porshe is synonymous with unparalleled luxury and powerful engineering. Upon its arrival, the Porshe Taycan turned heads. As expected the vehicle is equipped with a beautiful interior. Two synchronous motors will produce an excess of 600 hp, helping the Taycan to reach 100 kph in around 3.5 seconds. The vehicle will take you 480 kilometers off of one charge. Even more so, the vehicle hosts an 800-volt system that will enable the car to recover 60 miles of range in four minutes via public fast-charging stations.
Now, Polestar 2 is something that you can write home about. What is even cooler is that you can pick up this electric beast this year if you would like. The Polestar 2020 is a full-electric four-door hatchback that hosts an all-wheel-drive electric powertrain that can churn out 408 horsepower and 487 pound-feet of torque. Off of just one charge, expect to get about 530 kilometers of range. The car is expected to make its debut in both California and Washington State.
Another autonomous vehicle, the Audi Aicon looks like something straight out of iRobot. The sleekly designed vehicle hopes to make its production debut in 2021. The electric vehicle boasts four motors has a comfortable range of 800 kilometers off one charge. Audi even promises the vehicle will be able to charge its empty battery to 80 percent in less than 30 minutes... wirelessly. Expect to get that Audi premium feeling when stepping into this car.
Piëch Mark Zero
This vehicle looks like what James Bond may drive in the future. The Piëch Mark Zero is both timeless and futuristic at the same time. The Mark Zero is another impressive electric vehicle that takes inspiration from classics like the Ferrari 250 GTO, Jaguar E-Type, and Shelby Cobra. The EV boasts some impressive like the ability to charge 80% of its battery in under 5 mins, has 500km of range and an impressive 0-100km time of 3.2 seconds.
What is more futuristic than driving a solar-powered vehicle? The Lightyear One boasts an impressive 725 km of range and an extra 12 km per hour of extra charge from its solar panels. Even more so, the Lightyear team promises that these solar cells are 20 percent more efficient than traditional models, and they’re encased in safety glass to protect them from damage. If you are already excited, you can go ahead and reserve this vehicle today on the Lightyear One website.
This vehicle was inspired by the Blade Runner movie. Whether you like it or not, the Cybertruck is the most dramatic-looking out of all the vehicles on this list and that was the point. Sometimes you have to jump forward for the greater good and hope your competition catches up. The new Tesla vehicle boasts some impressive features.
The exoskeleton-styled vehicle is said to be nearly impenetrable also featuring Tesla armor glass. The Cybertruck has a whopping 3,500 pounds of payload capacity and adjustable air suspension. While the interior keeps the Tesla tradition of being extremely minimal.
Of course, the vehicle is 100% electric boasting an impressive 0-100kph acceleration of 2.9 seconds and up to 500 miles of range. The Tesla vehicle is nowhere near conventional but is extremely functional and that's what we love about it. You can even pre-order one of these trucks right now if you want.
Mercedes-Benz Vision Avtr
Ok, you cannot buy this car and probably will not anytime soon, but we had to mention it because the vehicle is bonkers in the best possible way. Dubbed the Vision Avtr, this Mercedes Benz concept car was inspired by the 2009 blockbuster film Avatar. The car is packed with super futuristic features. Rather than have a combustion engine, the Vision Avtr uses a battery whose graphene-based organic cell chemistry is completely free of rare-Earth elements.
The battery in this car can even be composted. The seats of the Vision Avtr are made of vegan wood while the floor of the vehicle is made of hand-harvested Indonesian timber. Hopefully, the future is not too far away.
2021 Rivian R1T
Rivian has been making waves recently and for a lot of good reasons. The R1T will be another pick-up that you will be seeing on the road in the coming years. Built like any mid-size truck the Rivian R1T boasts 754 horsepower from four electric motors and between 230 and 400 miles of driving range and has massive 11,000 pounds of towing capacity and has a 1764-pound payload capacity.
It would make sense that Tesla would make the list at least twice. The Tesla Roadster is not just a car, it is a spaceship. This car embodies everything great about the future of electric vehicles and in true Elon Musk fashion, this vehicle has been pushed to the absolute limits. The Tesla Roadster aims to become the quickest car in the world, with record-setting acceleration, range, and performance. Traveling from 0-100 kph, the Tesla Roadster will get you there in a neck-breaking 1.9 seconds. Even more so the vehicle has an impressive range of 997 kilometers.
The Chinese are currently trying to make a dent in the automotive world. Hongqi S9 is a great example of this. Now the Hongqi S9 pulls no punches. The hybrid aims to deliver 1381hp which contributes to its 0-100 kph time of 1.9 seconds.
GFG Style Kangaroo
This is one of the more unique cars/concepts on our list and it has got us excited for a variety of reasons. In short, the Kangaroo is a futuristic jacked-up EV with all-wheel drive and all-wheel steering. This beautiful vehicle even has three suspension modes; Racing, Road, and Off-Road when you are looking for a little adventure. In short, the vehicle's 90-kWh battery pack is expected to churn out 450 kilometers of range off of one charge and will churn out 483 horsepower. You might even see this kangaroo jumping around the roads in a year or two.
Equipped with level-four autonomy, Audi designed a host of features that will make your journey to your destination extremely relaxing and stress-free. The interior of the car is built of things that you might find around your house rather in a car. The AI:ME uses eye-tracking technology to detect the icon you’re looking at and senses when you want to select it or whether you want something to listen to, and maybe if you want something to eat. It knows what you are craving before you even do.
Do you have a favorite futuristic vehicle? What technologies do you want to see in cars soon?