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http://www.snotr.com/video/6528/Cars_of_the_future_-_1948

 

How was it?

What changed? What trends did you noticed on your own? How conservative/open minded were the design companies or designers

themselves?

Do you see design going on a good direction compared to a certain period of time from the past?

What would you improve/change in today's design if you were to apply lessons from the past?

 

People with many years of experience please join the conversation :D

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I have no practical experience in product design, but theoretically

I believe that in the near future cars will come out in two main types:

those which are designed for long distance travelling and those

which are suitable for travelling in town.

 

The ones for travelling within the town boundaries or other short journeys

will be very slow like the very first cars that were introduced in the

market, perhaps slower. The others will be much faster.

 

The video in the link you’ve posted is interesting. It shows how in the

past they used to have a vision of the future that was somehow distorted

in accordance to the stereotypes of that period. As an example, I don’t

see how a three wheel car can be seen as an evolution of a four wheel

one. I might be wrong though; there may be some good reasons that I

haven’t thought about to utilise that feature in the automotive industry.

I’d be happy to debate about it.

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I have no practical experience in product design, but theoretically

I believe that in the near future cars will come out in two main types:

those which are designed for long distance travelling and those

which are suitable for travelling in town.

 

The ones for travelling within the town boundaries or other short journeys

will be very slow like the very first cars that were introduced in the

market, perhaps slower. The others will be much faster.

 

The video in the link you’ve posted is interesting. It shows how in the

past they used to have a vision of the future that was somehow distorted

in accordance to the stereotypes of that period. As an example, I don’t

see how a three wheel car can be seen as an evolution of a four wheel

one. I might be wrong though; there may be some good reasons that I

haven’t thought about to utilise that feature in the automotive industry.

I’d be happy to debate about it.

 

 

I see what you mean but I find it highly improbable for the design to go only in 2 directions.

About he vehicles in the city, people who will own small city cars will want these vehicles to be able to go fast as well. If not, industry would constrain them to buy 2 cars.. and it's not very practical (costs for customer, parking spaces, traffic growth).

 

About the 3-wheel car, you don't have to look at it as an positive/negative evolutionary step compared to the 4-wheel cars.

It;s just a different type let's say. Some people may find it unstable or so -- but this is because they apply 4-wheel car physics to a 3-wheel car.

I think if you make a proper design for a 3-wheel, it can be very stable as well and also very practible. This is how I look at it. Its all in the design, the sector it is targeted on.

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Interesting. While I don’t really feel convinced abut the stability of three wheel

cars, I’d like to know more about them. Do you own one? Which model / brand?

Post pictures if you have some. I’d like to see them.

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I don’t think it’s possible to think what future design will be like, which I think is quite exciting. With changing trends being a factor and the influence technological advancements have on design, it’s almost impossible to guess. Although if I had to guess, I would say the main constant will be Economy. On another note, how cool would it be to do some sketches/renderings of what you think future cars would look like, and have them shown to you in 10 years down the line :)

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hey everyone, here is a very interesting talk held by Richard Parry-Jones. He has worked for Ford on several positions for his entire career.

I'm sure you'll find this very captivating:

 

 

There is an audio recording on ITunes as well, put the video is better.

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