cars of the future

Cars of the Future

For the car-obsessed, the current explosion of technological advances taking place in the automotive industry is the stuff dreams are made of, AKA the cars of the future. So much so, that sometimes you might think you’re in a dream or a sci-fi movie because the cars of the future sure don’t look like the cars of the present. Yep, it’s a brave new world of electric cars, cars that literally drive themselves and cars that keep you connected in ways you never thought possible. We’re taking a sneak peek at some of the coolest cars the future has on the horizon. So, sit back, buckle up and enjoy the ride.

Hyundai Elevate
With four spider-like, jointed legs the wheels are attached to, the Hyundai Elevate can boldly go where no car has gone before, like up a five-foot wall. The insect-like concept car can navigate terrain that would be impossible for other cars. The body of the car stays completely level, while the legs can bend and climb over any number of obstacles, making it a great option for disaster recovery and rescue applications. During normal highway driving, the passive suspension system takes over, cutting power to the legs and it drives like a normal car. VIDEO

Bell Nexus
Like something straight out of the Jetson’s, this wild air taxi is less auto and more aircraft. Designed to comfortably seat four passengers and the pilot,the Bell Nexus features vertical takeoff and landing and is powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system that activates six ducted, tilting fans. The air taxi can land on a 40 x 40 -foot landing pad and can currently travel 150 miles in one hour. VIDEO

Bosch Autonomous Shuttle
This self-driving all-electric shuttle could take ride sharing to a whole new level. The ultra-modern design seats four passengers but also has standing room in the center similar to a subway car or airport shuttle. Customers use their smartphones to locate the nearest shuttle and again upon arrival to identify themselves. Bosch’s perfectly keyless entry digital access service recognizes the owner of the smartphone and opens the vehicle for that person only. The software also notifies the passenger instantly on their smartphone if they left something behind (unless of course, they forgot their phone). The shuttle also features infotainment screens and on-board wi-fi passengers can connect to. VIDEO

Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic
This dual-purpose concept car has interchangeable modules that transform it from a passenger vehicle to a cargo transporter. Yes, like many of the latest offerings in future forward vehicles, the Urbanetic is electric and can drive itself. In passenger vehicle-mode, it can hold 12 people. Cargo-mode has 353 cubic feet of space. That’s enough room to transport 10 pallets. With a large, panoramic moonroof encircled in LED lights, wild window shapes, and body style, it’s the look of the Urbanetic that screams futuristic. VIDEO

Even though KIA didn’t actually roll out a concept car this year, they did roll out its Real-time Emotion Adaptive Driving system. The READ system is the next step in dialing in to the passenger experience. It uses AI technology to monitor a passenger’s emotional state and reacts accordingly by adjusting and optimizing the passenger’s experience. It uses bio-signal recognition technology that analyzes facial expressions, heart rate, and electrodermal activity to detect stress levels and adjusts cabin lighting and sound to create a more relaxing, personalized environment. It also features music-response vibration in the seats, so passengers don’t just hear their favorite tunes – they feel them. Your seat can also shift into massage mode. Your car will literally be able to get to know you. VIDEO

Needless to say, the automotive industry is changing at a rapid pace. The cars of the future sure have a lot of cool things to look forward to. But one thing that isn’t likely to change is the need for talented automotive technicians. So, if you’ve got a passion for all things automotive, why not turn that passion into a career? You can start by checking out the automotive technology program at J-Tech Institute. J-Tech is driving futures forward by training the next generation of talented automotive technicians. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a tour of our 168,000 square foot training facility in Jacksonville, FL. Get on the road to your future today!

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