The Geneva Motor Show has a reputation for being one of the most forward-thinking auto shows in existence, and 2017 was no exception! From self-driving pods to new environmental breakthroughs, here are some of the most exciting design concepts unveiled at this year’s showing!
Hyundai’s design gives you maximum convenience while leaving a minimum carbon footprint. Whereas most vehicles are releasing harmful emissions into the ozone, the Hyundai FE Fuel Cell only releases water vapour, nothing else. Portable battery packs, charged by the car itself, can power all of your mobile devices, and the trunk has enough space to easily stow and charge a full-sized electric scooter.
Best of all, the FE design is part of Hyundai’s overall eco-vehicle mission, which aims to create at least 14 environmentally-progressive models by the year 2020.
The tiny Toyota i-TRIL only weighs 600kg, and it’s powered by an electric motor that’s located towards the rear wheels. Otherwise known as an “electric lean”, this lightweight 3-seater hopes to compete with small cars, motorcycles and public transportation rapidly-expanding urban environments. “Active Lean Technology” allows the frame and front wheels to “lean” forward up to 10 degrees for added stability (the rear tires are close together, kind of like a tricycle).
This car looks like something straight out of a futuristic movie set. Four sliding doors open in opposite directions to reveal a honeycomb-like interior that’s never been seen before. The audio sound system lets you listen to different types of music depending on which zone of the car you sit in, and it also automatically amplifies the sounds of sirens as emergency vehicles approach. Overall, it’s a self-driving electric car that utilises voice and facial recognition technology . . . and integrated cameras for selfies (no, we’re not making that up).
Your car can get you from Point A to Point B, but does it know how you feel? The MEU-V is an electric model that is self-driving and can also apparently tell you a lot about yourself as well. The A.I. interface is designed to read your emotions, form emotions of its own, and bond with the driver over extended use. Exactly what this means is anyone’s guess, but hopefully it will be able to calm down irate drivers before their emotions get the best of them.
Remember the good old days, when cars used to stay on the ground? That all changes with the Pop Up, a hybrid hodgepodge of land-based and drone technologies. If all goes according to plan, you’ll be able to fly in a personal aircraft like no other.
You order a Pop-Up car to your door, much like a traditional taxi ride.
The Pop Up picks you up and drives you to a save location (it’s all computer-based, no driver).
At some point, a flying drone attaches to the car and lifts up your “capsule”.
You are now flying high in the air!
The drone attaches your “capsule” to a second Pop Up vehicle.
The second Pop Up vehicle drives you safely to your destination.