Cars of the Future: What's Next, and How Do We Get There?

January 20, 2010

Ouch.

Another year in the books. And not just any year, by any stretch.

Good riddance.

In spite of all that's recently behind us, I couldn't help but look back and take a quick trip down car-rag memory lane. In a February issue, I found the article, "Proposal for Saving Gasoline." In March, an article titled, "Energy, Environment & The  Automobile: Racing & the Fuel Shortage, Hydrogen Engines, European Fuel Situation, Cruising Ranges of Cars." In May, a special report: "The Energy Shortage & The Private Automobile." August: "The Small-Car Revolution." November brought a feature story titled simply, "Electric Cars."

But these articles weren't from 2009. Or even from the 21st century. They were, in fact, from 1974.

Although it's been said many times, in many ways, some 35 years later we still find ourselves asking, "What the?" "When the?"

You know the drill. Enough of the stargazing, especially since can actually see progress. With the laptop battery revolution evolution going full force, things are actually kicking in. The Toyota Prius sent a wake-up call; every automaker's listening to the voicemail now.

The future of the car, as we know it, is around the corner. What's driving it there, and what lies ahead?

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