Keeping up with automotive technology is like living in a world where the normal rules of life are changed to suit the moment. Ten years ago, for example, a technician was taught that observing oxygen sensor wave forms on a lab scope would provide the information needed to detect fuel control and ignition failure problems. That rule suddenly turned into an information “curve ball” when the engine management systems came into being in 1996. All of the previous methods of oxygen sensor analysis were replaced by a mathematical model of electronic operating strategy. Overnight, scan tools became a necessity for analyzing oxygen sensors.

I am on the outside but I can hardly keep up with the tremendous changes, the auto industry is moving forward at alert rates. A car is no longer just a tool for you to travel from place to place, it’s fashion, it’s status, it’s performance, it’s technology incarnate. Indeed, the last decade has seen the car industry come on in leaps and bounds. Rising fuel prices, greater concern over the environment and keener competition between the big manufacturers has spurred a new culture of innovation, with breakthroughs swiftly applied to high-end models before trickling down faster than ever before.

These what has been cooking or should I say steaming hot lately in the world of innovative cars, just to mention the blueprint for the modern automobile was perfected in Germany and France in the late 1800s.Twenty decades after there is so much of change in the industry from automated transmission, to Ford unveiling the first aluminum-bodied full-size pickup, rolling out aluminum version of its popular F-150 from its Dearborn plant. It is 700 pounds or about 318 kg lighter than the steel-bodied version, making it a more fuel-efficient and nimbler pickup. Further Google announced its first fully functional driverless car, entire car can be commanded through spoken instructions and gestures or touch, while laser projection system are used to sense traffic and obstacles.

And yet another innovative age is the hybrid electric vehicles/cars more commonly known as HEV,hybrids combine the usual combustion engines with electric propulsion systems, although its history is a little strange to say the least, popping up and vanishing from records several times in the last century and a half. The first one that first made its way into existence is the one built by Thomas Parker in 1884, unlike to popular belief. Many attempts, models and prototypes were built over the course of the next 100 years, with a sudden revival of interest towards battery-powered vehicles only being manifested in late 90s and early. The electric fragment of the ordeal has been developed in the last few years to make use of regenerative technologies that concert kinetic energy created when driving the vehicle into electric energy to charge the battery backup. A Massachusetts startup company Terrafugia is working on a hybrid-electric four-seater flying car that can take-off and land vertically. The TF-X aircraft is designed to seat up to four people and will have a computer controlled flight that will allow the operator to input the desired destination before letting the vehicle take-off and fly itself.

The hybrid-electric flying car will have fold out wings with twin electric motor pods attached to it and is capable of recharging its batteries either from its engine or by plugging in to electric car charging stations. TF-X vehicle will have a flight range of 500 miles with a cruising speeds of 200mph. Terrafugia says that the TF-X will be capable of auto-landing at approved landing sites within approved weather limits, though the operator will have the final say over whether an approved landing zone is actually a safe place in which to land, and the landing attempt can be aborted at any time. The car will also have full-vehicle parachute system that can be activated by the operator in an emergency. This the Future of Transportation but question is just how much do we want a flying car ?



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