There’s been a lot in the media in recent months about Google cars and Nissan’s self-cleaning cars so Volante thought it was time to investigate the futuristic cars that we might have to repair and service!

Driving_Google_Self-Driving_Car.jpg: Steve Jurvetson; derivative work: Mariordo

Photo by Steve Jurvetson; derivative work: Mariordo

Self-driving cars

Market-leaders Google, in this new emerging car category have invented and been testing self-driving cars on public highways and roads in California, already clocking up an impressive 200,000 miles.

These cars aren’t massive (about the size of a smart car) just seating two people but there is space for luggage and the car reminds you to take your personal belongings at the end of the journey!

With no steering wheel, accelerator or brake pedal, the only controls are a start button and emergency stop button.  These cars are currently aimed as a replacement for taxis as you summon the car by smartphone and pre-set the destination.

Ambitious claims say that these cars will be on the roads within a year but realistically they are at least five years away from non-prototype production.  This gives us plenty of time at Volante to take a course in computing to deal with all the fancy technology!

Self-parking cars

One of the minor irritations of driving is having to park in a tight spot and that is why car manufacturers have been developing cameras and sensors to assist with easing parking.  Semi-automated systems can turn the steering wheel and manoeuvre the car into a parking space.  The driver has to help a little by changing gears between forward and reverse but it all helps!

Audi, Ford and Volvo have developed technologies that allow cars to search for parking spaces and pull into them without the driver being in the car.  Great advantage for when the space is tiny and you can’t open your car door afterwards (we’ve all been there!).

Japanese car manufacturer Honda have gone one step further and developed a driverless valet-parking system (we can see this as another use for Google cars!).  At MEB the Motor Centre, we’d love this technology to extend to our customers as part of our pick up and drop off service.

Self-cleaning cars

The Japanese have done it again, not only did they develop the driverless valet-parking system but also a self-cleaning car!

The “superhydrophobic treatment”, in the form of a paint is applied to the body of the car and it has been repelling mud, dirt and water.

Honda are currently testing it on their newly launched Nissan Note but are considering this treatment as an aftermarket paint option on future cars for an additional £450.

You’d have to weigh up the additional cost of the paint versus time spent on a Saturday afternoon washing your car or down the carwash.  We think they are onto a winner!

Volante Garage Edmonton repair all makes of car so regardless how futuristic your car is bring your car in for its next service.

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