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Chevrolet reveals terrifyingly cool self-driving car of the future

The Shanghai Motor Show this year promised to provide an insight into the motoring world of 2030 and thus reveal the ‘cars of the future’. The new concept car revealed by Chevrolet has provided just that. Unlike any self-driving car or concept seen before, the FNR has been put together using futuristic technology, advanced car networking systems and a body which looks like it belongs in a futuristic Sci Fi film.

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This self-driving car is effectively a self-contained ‘capsule’ with an impressive ability to charge using a wireless system. The car will run off electricity and the wheels will have magnetic electric motors embedded inside and all this will power an impressive interior plastered with touch and gesture controlled screens and an ‘iris recognition’ start system – basic requirements of any futuristic concept car don’t you think?

There are many benefits the self-driving car can promise – a drop in deadly accidents high among them – but the motorised webbed seats will definitely fill a big desire for fully-autonomous car amongst consumers. The ability to swivel your seat to face the rear of the car and face passengers whilst in self-driving mode, is a concept that many argue should get consumers interested. Who wouldn’t want the possibility to swivel your chair around when taking on a long car journey?

Another benefit of the motorised webbed seats is that they will have the ability to read passenger’s heartChevrelot, FNR, Concept, Car, Swivel, Autonomous, Shanghai, Motor, Show, 2015 rate and bloody pressure. Vehicles today are already being developed with this concept with the hope that if your car detects you are falling asleep or you are experiencing a heart attack, the car will become autonomous and take you to safety. Sounds good doesn’t it? But what will it mean for the fun that most of us experience when driving? Will self-driving cars take this away? Chevrolet think not with the promise that passengers can still drive if they want to. They have also promised that drivers who prefer an edgier performance experience when driving will get this from the FNR, with the ability to tighten suspension and execute tight turns whilst hitting high legal speed.

All this sounds fantastically exciting but this is what concept cars are all about. They aren’t necessarily vehicles you expect to see, but a canvas for things you’d like to see. It certainly does keep things interesting though.

Fully autonomous cars in the UK

Connected Cars WILL provide a BIG boost to the Midlands growing automotive sector

A report commissioned by the Society of Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have predicted that connected cars, or more rather the ‘driver-less car’, will have a massive impact on the UKs automotive & manufacturing sector, specifically in the Midlands.

As well as creating a £51 billion opportunity for businesses and potentially thousands of jobs in the automotive manufacturing sector, the report predicts connected cars will also improve road safety, reduce congestion, increase vehicle efficiency and cut c02 emissions.  All this will evidently provide a huge boost for an already growing automotive sector in the Midlands.

Last month we suggested that the fully autonomous car is still a long way off, but new reports have suggested that they may be a lot closer than we first originally thought. The report provided by the SMMT predicts that by 2030 every new car will have some form of connectivity, and this can certainly be evident in cars coming of the production line even today, from the likes of Jaguar, Ford & BMW. More than a quarter of these cars however will become fully autonomous, and research suggests it will prevent more than 25,000 serious accidents on the road.

Last month Jaguar Land Rover announced plans to boost the Midlands automotive industry by investing £400 million at its Castle Bromwich plant in order to build the new Jaguar XE. Furthermore, last week Geely, owner of the London Taxi Company, announced plans to invest a staggering £1 billion in the Midlands to produce its electric-hybrid London Black Cab. This glowing future predicted for the automotive sector will further enhance the UKs car manufacturing sector, which is up more than 50% in the past five years alone.

Finally, the report has forecast that over 320,000 jobs will be created in the UK by 2030 of which 25,000 will be within the automotive manufacturing sector, mainly within the Midlands. This all means that it is a very exciting time to be an automotive engineer!

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