Lets face it. The road infrastructure is up, so, for the foreseable future humans will drive cars, as it isnt really economical to drive anything else. But cars are inefficiant machines which pollute and consume perhaps more than they have to. Think about it, 90% of the time they have less than 2 passangers and are doing short commutes. The autoindustry has come up with a huge variety of the things, but maybe it is time to evolve the concept somewhat.
This idea came from linking the following page on IRC:
After discussing it a bit I thought that a good evolution might be a trike based viehicle, and came up with this rough sketch on my PDA:
So, what do you guys think? What will be the future of the automobile? What chassis config? What propulsion system? What electronics and suspension? Personally I am thinking of a hybrid diesel and electric trike based aerodynamic config, that should manage high speed commuting with economical fuel usage and very low emissions, carbon fibre chassis and perhaps "fly by wire" throttle and steering. All in a package weighing aroung half a ton, with around 100bhp.
Remember I am going for sensible here, so use your brain folks. The "Omgwtf rocket car!" people need not post thx