The Automotive Revolution Has Begun

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We are in the midst of a technological revolution in the auto industry. The amount of change in the last five years has probably outpaced what we’ve seen in the last 50. The next five years could change it all again.

Remember when seat belts and air conditioning were considered big developments in the car world? Then came cruise control and heated seats. I, for one, lost my marbles when I finally owned a car that could unlock with the push of a button.

Now I don’t even need keys to unlock, or start, my car. Heck, I don’t even need gasoline any more. My Nissan Leaf, though, hasn’t even begun to crack the surface of what’s coming.

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Do Movies of the Past Predict Cars of the Future?

Still from Back to the Future II

Remember when the year 2015 seemed far enough in the future that flying cars and elevated “roadways” were a distinct possibility? Heck, I remember the clock switching to 1990 and wondering when the first car would magically elevate from the pavement.

One of the things I’ve found entertaining lately is paying attention to movies set in the not-so-distant future and then laughing at the many depictions of society and the vehicles it uses. If we predicted the future purely through the lens of filmmakers of the past, we would have had spaceships capable of traveling to Jupiter by 2001, transforming robot vehicles by 2005 and sky-roads by 2015.

I’m sure those filmmakers would have been terribly disappointed at the time they made their movies to learn that vehicles would still run on rubber firmly attached to terra firma in the first couple decades of the 2000s. Keep reading for a few of their visions of the future, which in many cases are years that we already call history.

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