Driving on Auto-Pilot: 13 Future Visions of Cars & Commuting

Cody Self-Driving Delivery Truck
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Nicknamed ‘Cody,’ this delivery truck apparently intends to put the fear of obsolescence into UPS drivers, couriers and the like. A vacuum-powered surface inside stabilizes packages, while a robotic arm sorts them. Not going to be at home to receive your shipment? Cody lets you track its location in real time and request new destinations, like your office. No worries about strangers stealing your stuff, because in order to retrieve your packages, the truck will have to scan your face.

Faraday Future FFZERO1
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It’s no mistake that this insane-looking concept car by Faraday Future looks a bit like a fighter jet; it’s got four electric motors delivering more than 1,000 horsepower and reaches a top speed of 200mph. But this isn’t a car that you’ll have to drop over $100K on to own – the idea is to make it available by subscription, so you can order the car to your door whenever you want it.

Aptera 2e
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The pure-electric Aptera 2e was developed to prototype form by Aptera Motors before it went out of business in 2011, and now it’s making a comeback via China’s Jonway Group. Lightweight and aerodynamic, this three-wheeled car gets a fuel economy of over 100mpg, and could end up being available in a gas version, too.

BMW GINA Light Visionary Model
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How safe is a car made of cloth? Suffice to say that BMW is sending its GINA Light Visionary Model, with seamless fabric stretched over a moving metal frame, straight to its museum in Munich without ever attempting to put it into production – but though this vehicle might not ever become reality, it is intended to plant a seed for visionary automotive designs that think way outside the current standards for building cars. The combination of the stretchy water-resistant fabric skin and hydraulic aluminum frame enables the driver to change the exterior however they want, custom-shaping the body to their specifications.