Jaguar Future-Type Concept: Jaguar’s Vision for the Year 2040

The Jaguar Future-Type has been revealed at an event in London appropriately titled Tech Fest, it was created to showcase the technology the company’s currently beavering away on. It’s Jaguar’s idea of how the concept of car ownership could evolve by the year 2040. The Future-Type is designed with the intention of being summoned on demand. It’s capable of fully autonomous driving, although occupants will still be able to take the wheel themselves – because, in Jaguar’s words, ‘you may still want to enjoy the thrill of driving yourself.’ Its tandem-esque 2+1 seating layout allows a slimline shape, the better for parking and navigating crowded urban streets. This being an autonomous concept, the interior’s configured for face-to-face seating.

Rolls-Royce Concept of Futuristic Driverless Luxury Vehicle

Car brand Rolls-Royce has designed its first ever concept car, billed as a vision for a future of driverless luxury vehicles with a built-in “red carpet” and lighting system that announces its arrival to bystanders. Called the Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100, the design aims to “anticipate the mobility demands of the luxury customer of the future”. Unveiled at London’s Roundhouse venue, the concept car includes a roof that glides open with a hinged design based on a clamshell. This would allow riders to step into the interior without having to bend over. The roof and door would then close automatically. Many of the signature forms of a Rolls-Royce have been updated in the design for the body of the car. The brand’s classic Pantheon grille has been kept and reimagined as a smaller but more prominent frontage for the vehicle. The designers imagined a Rolls-Royce that could be designed around less mechanical hardware, replacing the majority of the engine space with a luggage compartment. This also allowed them to make the car narrower, and create a sport-style rear and curved cabin roof, made from black glass. The wheels are housed in individual cases, with exposed arms and struts that connect to the chassis and also support the hull-shaped body at the front. “The 28-inch tall but narrow wheels upon which the car glides are each hand-built from 65 individual pieces of aluminium, and enclosed to deliver the impression of a futuristic catamaran,” said Rolls-Royce. “From whatever angle the Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 is viewed, it seems to float, whether at rest or in motion. This lightness is achieved through the paring back of this vehicle to the essence of a Rolls-Royce by the design team, who were freed from their current constraints by the new propulsion and coach-build technologies now available to them.” The brand’s signature radiator mascot – a figure of a woman leaning into the wind with fabric blowing around her – has been recreated in crystal and is illuminated from inside. This light spreads across the car as it arrives at its destination, and a step appears from the side of the car once the roof has opened. A red light is then projected to create a red-carpet style arrival. “The Grand Arrival gesture of the Rolls-Royce Vision Next 100 creates a stage for our important passengers as they arrive at their ultimate destination,” said Giles Taylor, director of design at Rolls-Royce. “It is an expression of our intrinsic understanding of the possibilities for a true luxury brand and the desires of its customers.” Rolls-Royce said it wanted to recreate the experience of grand horse-drawn carriages, with the coachman replaced by an artificial-intelligence system. The company has named this “virtual assistant” Eleanor, and said that it could offer owners advice on how to prepare for meetings and important events as well as driving the car. It could also help select movies and music for the car’s entertainment system. Inside, the car has no driving area. Instead, the interior resembles a lounge, with wooden panelling, a deep-pile carpet and a wool-and-silk-upholstered sofa facing a full-width OLED screen that functions as an entertainment and work station. All of the features could be customised for each owner, using interactive design tools that would allow them to give their input before the car is built. Rolls-Royce imagines the car would be powered by a zero-emission drivetrain and use “advanced suspension” to create the sensation of the car skimming the surface of the road like a “magic carpet”.

The Roborace’s Futuristic Car for The World’s First Driverless Racing Series

FIA‘s electric series Formula E, announced Daniel Simon as their chief design officer for their next racing competition “Roborace” – a driverless, electric and connected race car. The futuristic automotive designer is renowned for his work on hollywood sci-fi films such as “Tron: Legacy” and “Oblivion”. He was also a senior designer at Bugatti and later went on to design drones, motorcycles and spaceships throughout his career. “We’re living in a time where the once separated worlds of the automobile and artificial intelligence collide with unstoppable force,” explains Daniel Simon. It’s fantastic to be part of this journey; it triggers all my big passions – motor racing, design and advanced technologies. My goal was to create a vehicle that takes full advantage of the unusual opportunities of having no driver without ever compromising on beauty. Racing engineers and aerodynamicists have worked with me from the beginning to strike that balance. The Roborace is as much about competition as it is entertainment. Therefore – and quite unusual in today’s racing world – beauty was very high on our agenda and we work hard to merge the best performance with stunning styling. It was important to us that we generate substantial downforce without unnecessary parts cluttering the car to maintain a clean and iconic look. This is largely made possible by using the floor as the main aerodynamic device and we are currently developing active body parts that are more organic and seamless than solutions today. I am excited to be part of the daring team of people who are making this happen.” “Roborace” will make its debut during the 2016/2017 Formula-E season showcasing safety and extreme driving capabilities.

Terrafugia’s Driverless Flying Car Concept

Founded in 2006, Terrafugia is on a mission to bring personal flight to homes everywhere. Their latest concept, the ‘TF-X’ is a fixed wing street legal aircraft with electric ground drive and electric power assist on take off and landing. It will be able to recharge its batteries either from its engine or by plugging in to electric car charging stations. Equipped with modern GPS ‘TF-X’ will be capable of ‘auto landing’ at approved sites within recommended weather limits and safely navigate through skylines in emergency situations. Terrafugia promises to keep the ‘TF-X’ price as low as possible, but expect it to be more than a normal car because high costs of light weight materials and difficult scale production. The company expects to take at least eight years to develop the terrafugia ‘TF-X’, so for now, save your pennies while stuck in traffic and keep on daydreaming about flying cars.