- Many familiar details in the car disappear
- You don’t need a key to drive
- Spare wheel is just unnecessary ballast
- The Opel Adam only has a navigation app
- Even cheap cars no longer have window cranks
- E-cars only have two gears
Many familiar details in the car disappear
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In the cockpit of the new BMW i3, which will be presented at the IAA, it looks different than usual. For driving forwards or backwards, the car only has one stub on the handlebar…pillar, the classic gear lever between the front seats is missing.
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Even the built-in navigation devices are no longer part of new cars. Instead there are portable units. The VW Taigun study, for example, instead of Navi n…Just a docking station for the smartphone. Still, the car has something as old-fashioned as an ignition lock.
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In contrast to the Renault Laguna. The French car has a smart card instead of a key to ignite the car.
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Even the classic trunk handle could soon be a thing of the past. For example, with the Ford Kuga or the BMW 5 Series, a swivel of the foot at the rear and the knockout is sufficient…The door flap swings up.
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And Xenon light, which was still so modern a few years ago, could soon be replaced by LED lights. According to Audi, so-called gas discharge lamps are used somehow…nn completely disappear from the market.
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The ignition lock is often just a button; you will look in vain for a cassette player, as well as the spare wheel. The interior of a car is changing – and with it many cherished details are dying out.
D.For once, developers, analysts and politicians all agree: It will probably be a few more vehicle generations before the autopilot for the car arrives. And until then there will always be a steering wheel.
But there has long been no guarantee of existence for other parts in the car. Progress has reached a pace that brings more and more changes. Ten things that celebrate their farewell quickly or slowly in the car.
The speedometer: The speedometer in the car has been showing the speed for more than 100 years. But even today, real pointers are sometimes no longer used for the speed display.
Car manufacturers are increasingly relying on freely configurable flat screens on which they simulate the instruments. Upper-class models such as the BMW 7 Series or the new Mercedes S-Class are examples. With the Volvo V40 or the BMW i3, the trend is already conquering the upscale compact class.
You don’t need a key to drive
The CD-player: The cassette player is already out of service, and the CD player will soon disappear too. At least the organizers of the US electronics fair CES assume that the USB or Bluetooth connection to the mobile phone or MP3 player will be the more important music source.
On that occasion, classic radio could also fall by the wayside. Vehicles like the Opel Adam or the Mini are already picking up many web radio stations in the car. That could make conventional transmitters dispensable.
The ignition key: It is of great emotional importance because handing it over when you buy it is literally a key experience. But the ignition key is less and less needed to drive.
Even small cars now have a starter button and recognize the driver by the chip in the key housing, which can remain in your pocket. Depending on the price and equipment, this works not only on the ignition but also on the door lock. Renault, for example, has already replaced the key with a chip card that never has to leave your wallet.
Spare wheel is just unnecessary ballast
The xenon lamp: Not even 20 years on the market and the xenon lamp is threatened with extinction. At least that’s what Stephan Berlitz, lighting developer at Audi, believes.
He sees the future in LED headlights, which will become cheaper as they become more widespread and will replace gas discharge lamps. “They have brighter light, can be controlled in a more diverse way, need less energy and last longer.” Seat was the first car in the compact class to equip the Leon with LED headlights.
The spare wheel: For the developers, it is literally the fifth wheel on the car, it takes up space and increases the weight. That is why the spare wheel has been on the decline for years and is increasingly being replaced by so-called tire repair systems.
You rely on a sealing compound that is filled into the defective tire and thus closes the hole. Then it is inflated with the enclosed compressor. The ADAC gives the engineers support: a flat tire only threatens every ten years.
The Opel Adam only has a navigation app
The navigation system: The auto atlas is out of fashion, and soon the navigation system may also move to the elderly – at least the built-in one. Because more and more customers rely on the local knowledge of their mobile phone and the road network is constantly changing anyway, so-called offboard solutions are becoming more and more popular.
Then know-how and computing power are no longer in the vehicle, the route is instead determined on a server and transferred to the portable unit.
Opel goes one step further with the Adam small car: there is only one navigation app that is loaded into the car like an additional program on the mobile phone and calculates its route with the help of the mobile phone.
And if the VW Taigun actually goes into series production, as the study from last summer suggested, it will only have a docking station for the smartphone instead of route guidance.
Even cheap cars no longer have window cranks
The window crank: Lying for air – that was a common practice for a long time. In the meantime, it is not just the opening windows that are extinct, such as those from the VW Beetle or knows from the Renault R4.
Hardly any new car can still be ordered with a classic window crank. Even small and cheap cars have recently been fitted with electric window regulators as standard.
The trunk handle: Why grab a grip when a swivel with your foot is enough? With vehicles like the BMW 5 Series, the Audi A6, the VW Passat or the Ford Kuga, you can open the trunk without taking out the key. If the system prevails, the conventional trunk handle will be superfluous.
E-cars only have two gears
The gear shift: The first nine-speed automatic transmissions are currently conquering the market. But if electric cars should actually make it big at some point, conventional transmissions will become increasingly rare. Because battery cars usually only have one forward and one reverse gear.
The new BMW i3 shows where this can lead to interior design. There is no longer a gear knob between the seats. Instead, there is a small knob next to the steering wheel that you only have to tilt forwards or backwards to choose the direction of travel.
The engine sound: The more electric cars conquer the streets, the more the classic engine sounds will be displaced. Because V8 roars, turbo whistles and compressor screeches will then be a thing of the past. Only the quiet hum of the electric motors, the rustling of the wind and the rolling noises of the tires will be heard.
But don’t worry: some e-car manufacturers sweeten their customers’ farewell with specially composed engine sounds that sometimes imitate the sound of a combustion engine.
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