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The Cars Of The Future?

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Hollywood has often attempted to predict future technologies, but most of its efforts have fallen very wide of the mark. War-like robots, teleportation and time travel are still a long way off. However, one piece of futuristic technology is coming true: driverless cars. They don't hover over multi-coloured metropolises but are becoming an unavoidable reality, even if the idea makes you distinctly uncomfortable. What other imaginative futuristic automotive technology has appeared from the over-active imaginations of Hollywood creatives?

The Invisible Car

Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in the 2002 movie 'Die Another Day' drove one of the most spectacular cars ever to appear in the spy film series - an Aston Martin V12 Vanquish. It features the usual villain-fighting gadgets such as tyre spikes, rockets behind the front grille and a front passenger ejector seat, but also another neat trick: it used adaptive camouflage cloaking technology to make itself invisible. While scientists are trying to develop similar systems, they are far from workable at this point and were even unreliable in the film.

The Intelligent Car

As an evolution of the K.I.T.T. of Knight Rider, Lexus designed the 2054 especially for the 2002 Tom Cruise sci-fi drama 'Minority Report'. It was capable of a number of impressive functions, being crash-proof, self-driving, self-repairing and, thanks to a biometric security system, theft-proof. More realistically, it ran on fuel cells. Lexus clearly enjoyed the film tie-in, displaying the concept at a number of motor shows and media events. In 2005 the 2054 made another film appearance in futuristic thriller 'The Island'.

The Swimming Car

Another Bond film special, the submarine Lotus Esprit from 1977's 'The Spy Who Loved Me' is one of the most famous Bond cars ever. While a genuinely submersible Esprit was created for the film, a production version was never available. A number of firms have created submarine production cars, but the idea has never achieved mainstream success.

The Flying Car

The police forces in the dystopian future of 1982's 'Blade Runner' enjoyed a Panda car with some useful extra features - such as using jet propulsion to vertically elevate, hover and fly. The cars were called 'Spinners', and one of them is on display at Washington D.C.'s Science Fiction Museum. Flying cars are another concept which scientists have made their holy grail. A production model is expected to hit the market in about 2021.

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