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Cars of the future will be computers on wheels

USA Today -- HANOVER, Germany – A handful of people have seen the car of the near-future, and it looks suspiciously like a lunar land rover. Or a plane. Or a driverless vehicle. Take your choice.

At auto shows and tech conferences around the globe, prototypes of whiz-bang cars offer a visual narrative into what to expect on the nation's streets a decade from now. Some already are in production; others will be shortly, carmakers say. But in technology laboratories and engineering facilities worldwide, the imaginings don't stop there.

Think 15 to 20 years out.

VIDEO: See the Terrafugia in action

By 2030, city streets will teem with small, driverless cars whose wireless capabilities direct traffic flow smoothly, rendering traffic lights unnecessary, car designers and automotive visionaries say.


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Submitted May 11, 2012 By: angel4me
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ftsgt
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 8:54:23 PM

mostly already are
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 8:52:24 PM

are'nt they already
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 8:52:23 PM

Do you think.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 8:51:58 PM

The blue screen of death will really mean DEATH when that happens.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 8:48:53 PM

ok.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 8:48:10 PM

This is not for me. Car theft. Computer failures. etc.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 8:43:11 PM

Although it sounds nice, it am not to sure about this.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 8:43:11 PM

Let's hope they're bug free
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 8:40:15 PM

It will take the fun out of driving.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 8:40:15 PM

Sounds cool but I don't know if it will work as great as it sounds.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 8:35:05 PM

Yes
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 8:34:40 PM

I agree with Jb107!!!
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 8:33:48 PM

That's is true in this age of today.Future technicians will have to be engineers in order to work on them!!!!!!!!!.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 8:32:21 PM

This may happen many years into the future but for now none of you will be around to see it happen.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 8:27:25 PM

O to go back to the cars of yesterday where you could do all of your own repairs.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 8:24:58 PM

They didn't tell us how much to expect to pay for one of these cars.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 8:24:43 PM

Nice but not in my time.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 8:19:43 PM

will be???
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 8:19:22 PM

iRobot
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huh boy
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 8:15:33 PM

Wait...you mean that aren't NOW?
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 8:14:22 PM

whatever
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 8:13:59 PM

They are kind of like that now
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 8:11:15 PM

I'm cool with it so long as the software isn't from Microsoft. I don't want a BSOD when I'm going 65 MPH in traffic.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 8:08:01 PM

Can't wait!
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Believe it when I see it.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 7:59:43 PM

There have been lots of prototype cars which have never been built.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 7:59:18 PM

They are now!
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 7:52:46 PM

sounds dangerous and yet interesting
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kk
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 7:50:16 PM

All cars now have far more computing power than the space shuttles!
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 7:49:52 PM

Seen a car drive itself in Nevada on the news yesterday.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 7:49:10 PM

Where is my flying car?
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 7:47:38 PM

We are ready.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 7:45:25 PM

Can't deny that fact.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 7:43:54 PM

already are
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 7:42:47 PM

their computers on wheels now
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 7:40:41 PM

Check out a Prius now, pretty near a computer on wheels.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 7:39:39 PM

dhan
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 7:38:58 PM

And you will still be able to fix & maintain your vehicle without expensive Dealer shops??? NOT LIKELY!
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 7:32:07 PM

this isn't a bad idea
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 7:30:55 PM

ok
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 7:28:37 PM

You won't be able to fix the car yourself. I am not crazy about that.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 7:28:27 PM

What about Ray LaHoods idea of no distracted driving?
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 7:28:16 PM

thats what we thought 20 years ago too..didn't happen!
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 7:26:22 PM

The Jetsons are coming.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 7:25:03 PM

This is going to be a maintenance nightmare. I'll stick with low-tech.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 7:23:11 PM

Not for me!
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 7:22:26 PM

Okay then...
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 7:21:07 PM

Interesting
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 7:19:07 PM

So much for the 'shadetree' mechanic! ... ;-)
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 7:16:44 PM

A flying car looks interesting, but we will need a much different way of doing things, so there are not a lot of mid-air collisions and the fuel. Although it would be nice not to have to worry about paying for a carryon.
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