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Six Concept cars
SIX CONCEPT CARS
THAT PROVE THE FUTURE IS CLOSER THAN YOU THINK
Text | Anthony Lim
Photos | Manufacturers

3rd May 2018
These six concept cars provide us with a sneak peek into the future and show us that it is a whole lot closer to reality than you might think.

Each year, dozens of concept cars are unveiled at motor shows around the world. From autonomous driving to artificial intelligence, digital rear view cameras to run-flat tyres, concept cars provide us with a glimpse into the future of the automotive world. Here are six recently unveiled concept cars that prove the future is a whole lot closer than you might think.
Mazda kai concept


Concept: Compact hatchback that features SkyActiv-Vehicle Architecture and a more mature expression of the KODO design language, which will define the next generation of Mazda cars

Unveiled at: 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
Mazda kai concept F1
Mazda kai concept F2
Future technologies:
  • SkyActiv-X engine - World's first commercial petrol engine to use diesel-like compression ignition technology for improved fuel economy

Coming in: 2019
Nissan xmotion
2.     Nissan Xmotion (pronounced as cross motion)


Concept: Three-row crossover that fuses technology with Japanese artistry, which signals a Nissan design direction for 2020 and beyond

Unveiled at: 2018 North American International Auto Show
Nissan xmotion F1
Nissan xmotion F2
Future technologies:
  • Japanese koi fish virtual personal assistant for navigation, weather, music, vehicle system information and 'points of interest'
  • Autonomous drive mode
  • Human Machine Interface capable of recognising gestures, eye movements, fingerprint authentication and voice commands.

Coming in: 2020
Prosche Mission E


Concept: Porsche's first all-electric four-seat sports car that defines the brand's vision of e-mobility

Unveiled at: 2015 Frankfurt International Motor Show
Prosche Mission E F1
Prosche Mission E F2
Future technologies:
  • Virtual exterior mirrors that reflect images from cameras onto the lower corners of the windscreen and can also actively display augmented safety information
  • 800V architecture, which allows for fast charging (80% in less than 15 minutes) and induction charging

Coming in: 2020
Renault EZGO


Concept: Robo-taxi that introduces Renault's vision of the future for shared mobility and autonomous driving

Unveiled at: 2018 Geneva Motor Show
Renault EZGO F1
Renault EZGO F2
Future technologies:
  • SAE Level 4 autonomous driving capable of managing its distance from the vehicle in front, staying in lane, changing lanes and turning by itself at a junction

Coming in: 2020
Toyota concept-i


Concept: Intelligent car that gets to know you and your needs, and starts to anticipate them for you

Unveiled at: Consumer Electronics Show 2017
Toyota concept-i F1
Toyota concept-i F2
Future technologies:
  • Artificial Intelligence that analyses drivers' behaviours, feelings and preferences via their body language, facial expressions and social media
  • Approachable interface called Yui, which makes the car more human than machine

Coming in: 2020
Volkswagen


Concept: 'Digital chauffeur' that shows Volkswagen's direction for autonomous driving, artificial intelligence and e-mobility

Unveiled at: 2018 Geneva Motor Show
Volkswagen F1
Volkswagen F2
Future technologies:
  • Autonomous driving capabilities operated by voice and gesture control without the need for a steering wheel or visible controls
  • Virtual host learns and adapts to the personal preferences of the car's passengers

Coming in: 2020

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