A peek at the future
THE future is all about Generation I. In case you’re wondering, that’s the tag given to the generation born after the start of the internet age.
There is no alphabetical link between Gen X and Gen Y and now Gen I, but there is a technology trail that ties them as tightly as a 14-year-old to an Xbox 360.
So, who knows what we’ll be driving when the kids of Gen I are old enough to get a licence for the road?
I was thinking about this as I rocked my own Gen I youngster last week while tuned in to the Discovery Channel.
The spur was a multi-part documentary called FutureCar.
It fast-forwards to the year 2030 and looks at everything from car bodies to on-board brains, fuels and even safety and design.
And it does it with plenty of detail, high-definition pictures and access to some of the smartest and most innovative thinkers in the car world today.
I have spoken to many of the experts who appear in Future- Car and they know their stuff. Many are visionaries.
But it’s the way the package is put together, with truly fascinating dives into technology and design, that makes FutureCar so inspiring.
The program demonstrates there is a future for the car, and well beyond 2030.
I’m not convinced about cars that drive themselves, or some of the radical shapes and powerplants, but there is a lot to see and learn in this Discovery production.
There is virtual reality and haptic technology, wheel motors that replace engines, nanomaterials, farm fuels and even a look into what ‘‘speed’’ will mean in the future.
My order for a full DVD set is on its way to the US and it’s something I can definitely recommend, either to cable watchers or internet shoppers who will find FutureCar with a basic Google search.
Goodness, it even sounds like I’m coming to grips with the latest technology.
Not bad for a baby boomer.
Wheels of 2030: the Moller flying car, as seen on