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

So much for the 'shadetree' mechanic! ... ;-)
ladyeagle57
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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.
carlsonguitars
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 7:13:38 PM

Those are some cool cars! (if you watch sci-fi movies and play golf)....
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 7:11:40 PM

I'll never live to see it
rickone
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 7:10:08 PM

Interesting - Thanks for posting.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 7:07:57 PM

I hope I live long enough to see it.
lebrc64
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 7:06:37 PM

The world is changing so fast now I get dizzy and exhausted trying to keep up with it!
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 7:06:36 PM

That's what we have now.
EJH22
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 7:01:48 PM

They are pretty much computers on wheels now. Who can work on them
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 6:56:10 PM

We have seen transparent cars on showrooms, How about invisible cars?
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 6:47:32 PM

ok
gumbyrex
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 6:46:24 PM

I'm ready right now. Bring it on. As long as I can get in the car, set my destinaton, and hit go, I'm all for it.
rxman1
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 6:41:27 PM

Why don't people just drive instead of having more gizmos to play with?
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 6:41:13 PM

It sure is nice to dream. Pretty soon; the computers & robots will run the world. Nobody will work anymore, so, how will we be able to buy all these new toys???
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 6:36:17 PM

The computer age is already the start of the downfall of the human race
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 6:36:00 PM

The more complicated autos become the more that can go wrong and more expensive to repair.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 6:32:25 PM

No Big Deal...
milespergallon
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 6:31:29 PM

Does not interest me whatsoever! If those questionable 'automotive visionaries' where worth ANYTHING they would have already put the 100 mpg into mass production years ago. They would also have delivered to the public the mass production of Natural Gas Vehicles and be well on their way to mass production of the HYDROGEN Alternative Fuel Cell Vehicles. That WOULD be 'visionary'!!!
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 6:28:59 PM

They already are equal to several desktops
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 6:28:43 PM

The cars of the present are already computers on wheets...what is next to come?
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 6:28:13 PM

ok
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 6:27:40 PM

K
Mr Tex
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 6:23:35 PM

Already commented.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 6:20:01 PM

Cool!!!!
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 6:13:44 PM

Most are already near that point.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 6:13:28 PM

Just what I need, something else to give me the "black screen of death."
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 6:09:44 PM

cool
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 6:08:17 PM

ok
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 6:05:15 PM

takes all the fun out of driving
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 6:02:22 PM

Ya if we are still here through this decade.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 6:02:17 PM

I like to drive. Not interested in something else driving
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 6:00:02 PM

yea, I want the blue screen while I am going 70 down the expressway.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 5:58:10 PM

ok
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 5:52:55 PM

Yep - "ctrl-alt-del" to reboot and hope it runs again.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 5:51:24 PM

ok
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 5:51:17 PM

Maybe we do not need cars in 30 years
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 5:51:15 PM

How many concept cars have we seen at car shows over the years that have never gotten to mass production?
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 5:51:08 PM

ok
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 5:49:34 PM

You're right, slowtrain, there do seem to already be lots of driverless cars out there right now!
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 5:47:20 PM

keep r&d but don't remove the fun of it
slowtrain
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 5:42:23 PM

They are pretty much that way already.
saleboss
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 5:37:46 PM

Cars already are computers on wheels. You know how much it costs to put the car in for diagnostics!
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 5:36:53 PM

it will be running off our ipads
k2kipp
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 5:36:45 PM

I sure wouldn't want to be a mechanic now days.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 5:35:33 PM

computors are great, until they dont fuction right...or a technology challenged person is @ the controls.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 5:33:21 PM

Science fiction. They make it sound nice, but they gloss over many of the unwelcome consequences, such as the ability of the government to track individual movements. Some of the electroncs will make it to the market, but not at the pace they predict. Human nature desires to control one's enviornment, so it will resist many of the available gadgets.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 5:30:42 PM

what we need is cheep gas
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 5:30:15 PM

Right on, yeahaw1073!
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 5:26:59 PM

$3.85 here.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 5:26:48 PM

Fine by me.
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Message Posted: May 11, 2012 5:24:13 PM

always a little unsure of these future predictions.
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