Students from the London based Royal College of Art have been asked by Vauxhall to create futuristic interpretations of what they envision will be on the road in 2049. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the College’s Vehicle Design course the artist responsible for the best Opel inspired design will be given the opportunity to intern at the General Motors European Design Centre in Germany.

The students were told to let their imaginations run wild and the resulting renderings ranged from futuristic single seaters to extremely abstract suggestions of movement. However one point of concern for driving enthusiasts who like to have control of their machine, the majority of the future cars are autonomous machines where humans are nothing more than passengers.


Source: Motoring

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  (116) posted on 04.30.2009

Opel is making a good work here together with Vauxhall in their intention to inspire more students to think of the future cars. This is a great concept for future concept cars

  (177) posted on 04.30.2009

It would be more fun if this program was sponsored directly by the car developers, so the output would be like a prototype that the car company might develop in time not just with Opel but with all other car companies.

  (177) posted on 04.30.2009

To see the cars for 2049 is nice but what cars actually look like in between is a puzzle to me.

  (318) posted on 04.30.2009

Certainly we will still be driving car, only that it may have changed a lot already by that time. But judging with the developments that we have had. I think road will still be used, car will still be almost the same except that electric or solar cars maybe widely used by that time or maybe a uranium powered car would do for Iran.

  (231) posted on 04.30.2009

If I am still alive in 2049? Well I might still be driving my Camaro. But I suppose almost everything may have changed by then. Just now more plug-in hybrids are coming out. Right?

  (289) posted on 04.30.2009

What will we drive in 2049? sounds like a fiction book that we read in elementary days, but is sure fun to know that our technology can develop some of these possibilites given the right timing, funding and production value.

  (314) posted on 04.30.2009

This is cool. Getting new invention concepts from promising college students means alot for the car industry to keep on feeding our imagination on how, fast, how safe, how comfortable the future mode of transportation will be.

  (421) posted on 04.30.2009

Since the begining of the invention of automobiles, the idea of new ways of transportation have been part of the influx of ideas traversing our consciouness and our imagination. But still, until now our available technology permits all forms of transportation within the level of mechanical mobility. Thus, Vauxhall initiative could in fact trigger far more advance ideas. But I say these developments will only come possible if the mode of our techonology will also advance beyond mechanical mobility.

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