Back to the Future: What will a Corolla look like 50 years from now?
What the future holds for the world's best selling car...
2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Toyota Corolla arriving on Aussie soils and we are celebrating everything Corolla! Since 1967 more than 1.3 million Corollas have been sold in Australia and the vehicle has earned the impressive title of the world’s top-selling car.
Corolla: Moves with the times
The Toyota Corolla has moved with the times, currently in its 11th generation, it has evolved from its original editions and is still stylish and sporty. Toyota places great importance on innovation and endeavours to stay ahead of the curve by anticipating future trends and the future needs of the driver. Car manufacturers, like Toyota, are continuously assessing the industry and their research assists them to be informed to predict the future of cars. So what can we expect to see in automobiles of the future?
What sort of gadgets will a Corolla come standard with 50-100 years from now?
Lets check out some of the exciting stuff the car industry foresees for the future:
Driverless Cars: Corolling along on their own!
Can you imagine?! Autonomous cars is the concept on everyone’s lips at the moment and car manufacturers are investing plenty of time and money towards their advance. It might seem so futuristic, but there are actually several benefits of driverless cars.
- More efficient traffic flow
- Less congested roads
- Fuel efficiency
- Increased productivity (operators can multi task, sending emails and texts safely)
Think of time that would be saved if your family had a driverless car. The car could take your child to swimming training while you were making brekky for the rest of the family. Your partner could be dropped to work and safely check emails the whole way there. The kids could be picked up from school, the in-laws collected from the airport and you’d never have to deal with Nicklin Way at peak hour again!
Your Corolla won't need a driver.
Driverless cars may still have the functionality for manual driving and some of the concept vehicles we have seen coming out of the US have handled this with a retractable steering wheel leaving more room for passengers to relax.
Smart Windscreen Displays
Another potentially cool feature in cars of the future is the use of intelligent windscreens displaying information in front of the driver. Some vehicles (like the Toyota Prius) already have head-up displays, which is the capability to display on the windscreen the speed the vehicle is currently travelling. As well as showing basic information, cars of the future will likely be able to display real-time information about the vehicle’s surroundings such as road works or traffic build-ups ahead. There could also be the scope for drivers to get guided tours of places if the car is in self-drive mode.
Vehicles that talk to pedestrians
So nowadays, we have cars that can talk to us. Cars that can read out directions to us or ask us whom we would like to call. Imagine in the future when cars can communicate with people outside of the car! For example, a car in the future might recognise that a pedestrian up ahead is about to cross the road, the car has the ability to stop itself, it also has the ability to talk to the pedestrian via speaker to tell them they can continue to cross the road safely. Cars in the future could potentially also have the ability to talk to pedestraians via laser beam! Cars fitted with high-intensity lasers that can write messages on the ground to communicate with pedestrians could one day be the norm. For instance, a car could spell out SOS to alert people that either the car or the passenger is at risk.
Corollas on the Sunshine Coast
Toyota is committed to innovation and this means the Corolla will continue to move with the times. If you would like to chat to one of our team about becoming a Corolla owner simply follow this link to test-drive today. If you would like to check out Sunshine Toyota’s current Corolla stock click here.