THE FUTURE of the car is the focus of a new exhibition at the British Motor Museum.
The motor car has transformed travel across the world over the past 100 years but times are changing fast. With its major contribution to climate change, coupled with rapidly moving developments in technology, the car of the future is set to be a very different vehicle.
The Car. The Future. Me exhibition, at the Gaydon museum for the next year, explores what that future might look like.
The exhibition looks back at the inventors of the first cars – some of which were powered by electricity – and their visions for the future.
Visitors can discover what designers in the 20th century thought cars would look like in the 21st century and whether their predictions have come true.
The exhibition also explores the latest car technology, looking at how electric cars work and if they are the best solution for today’s roads and travel, and the development of driverless cars, and how connected, shared transport systems might be closer to reality than we think.
Included are visions of the future from times past, such as the Triumph XL90 conceived in 1967 as the car of the year 2000, right up to the latest Aurrigo PodZero autonomous pod, which is built in nearby Coventry and is playing a crucial role in the first international trials of driverless vehicles.
And the exhibition looks ahead, bringing together visions of designers, engineers and the general motorist.
Visitors even get a chance to use their imagination and design what they see as the car of the future.
Museum curator Stephen Laing said: “We are delighted to be hosting this thought provoking exhibition which we hope will spark debate amongst our visitors.
“Will there still be cars in 100 years’ time? How we will drive them? Will we drive at all?
“As visitors journey through the exhibition they will be asked a series of questions about how they think the car might change in the future and how it may affect them. For example, do they like the idea of being a passenger in a fully automatic pod and would they miss driving?
“Finally they will be asked to decide how they feel about the future, as it has many unknowns.”
Visit www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk for further details.