The car evolves. New systems appear and the old ones that have become archaic disappear. Like it or not, in the future we will not have some elements that we got used to.
Today’s car is the conglomeration of electronics designed to make life easier for the driver and their passengers. Automakers are constantly innovating and something new always appears. But this also means that other systems become archaic and are eliminated.
We have all noticed that certain items on our cars are too old and we do not use them that much anymore. Who listened to music from a CD, instead of using a USB stick? Or the last time you saw a telescopic radio antenna? And the list goes on. To make our lives easier or to improve our safety, carmakers are constantly adding new elements and eliminating those that have become archaic. Here are 10 features that will disappear in the near future of automobiles.
The manual gearbox
The automatic gearbox, classic or with two clutches, is gaining more ground. The same happening with the CVT (continuous thrust transmission) being the favorite for increasingly more Japanese manufacturers. The reason why the automatic transmission and especially the two clutches are more and more present in today’s cars is their efficiency. Such a gear box can change the gear more quickly and efficiently for anyone. In addition, it adapts depending on driving style, always selecting the best gear for optimization of fuel consumption and emissions. Most of them offer the possibility to manually change the gear, if you need to take control.
At this time, most manufacturers offer customers a choice between a manual and an automatic transmission, but many premium brands already do not offer this luxury. In addition, certain models are available only with an automatic transmission with two clutches, for example, the new Renault Scenic RS. It will take some time before this will generalize, but the future is apparently dedicated to the automatic gearbox.
Increasingly more cars have started using a smart ignition key that makes it enough to have it on you to unlock a car and then start the engine. The classic key with the metal part that must be physically twisted to start the engine is disappearing slowly but surely. In their place will appear keys that you can keep in your pocket; a touch is enough to unlock or lock the door, and the engine starts with a push of a button.
The classic handles for lowering and raising the windows are now a rarity. We only find them on the basic models of builders and possibly on the rear doors. Otherwise, electric windows are in power. Much more convenient and efficient, we have become so accustomed to them that any car without the least element of comfort seems more than strange. It is an item that will never go away, it will even generalize.
The radio antenna
The telescopic radio antennas were a hallmark of cars from 10 years ago. Today they have completely disappeared and migrated to the roof, turning into a flexible element can be unscrewed. Other builders foresee the future of radio antenna by moving it within the body parts, such as the famous Shark fin of BMW models. Or it was integrated into the glass parts of the car. Even if we miss having an automatic telescopic antenna, which was turned on only with the ignition, the future will eliminate traditional antennas.
The manual parking brake
A popular item for many of us that, besides the practical side to ensure the car in parking areas, can be used for a bit of fun on slippery roads will soon disappear. The classic parking brake with a lever will evaporate from modern cars and this is caused by the large space the lever occupies in the cockpit. A simple button that electrically acts the parking brake can be located anywhere and can be turned on or off automatically.
The folding unfractionated back seats
Once, the back seat was screwed to a fix object. Subsequently, automakers realized that if they fold the rear seat they can gain some space for loading large objects. Later, the seat and backrest was fractionated symmetrical or asymmetrical to enhance the practical side. This element has evolved constantly, handy buttons or levers being placed to make it simpler. Thus, the backseat with fixed backrest or from one piece has virtually disappeared from the list of features of the cars.
Cabriolets with hard folding top
Convertible cars with a metal folding roof were at one time a big hit. They seemed the ideal compromise: a convertible car at the press of a button that turns to coupe. Seemingly perfect, this solution has found the drawbacks in time. Too many moving mechanical parts that would fail at some point, plus a ceiling made up of moving parts that squeaked. Peugeot, Mercedes-Benz, Opel, all have or have had in the range of one or more models of this kind. Some are in their second generation, others were stopped and new models returned to the classic soft fabric top.
Full-size spare wheel
A lot of modern cars have dropped the spare wheel in favor of a classic small temporary or even replacing the spare wheel with a flat-tire kit. In the future, the spare wheel will most likely completely disappear, being replaced by integrated solutions for solving a flat. Moreover, runflat tires will gain popularity and, thus, we will not worry about a potential flat and especially taking care of it at night when it rains.
The classic headlights with incandescent filament are pretty common, but their future is bleak. They are inefficient in terms of energy consumption and they do not light properly at night. Not even the coveted xenon headlights are modern anymore. The future is LED, as daylight lights and as the full optical block. LEDs are more energy and optical efficient. Thus, the classic light bulb filament has its days counted.
Does anyone remember the last CD they listened to in the car? An audio CD, not a CD full of mp3s. The CD player already does not exist in many recent cars, being replaced with an integrated hard drive, streaming audio via Bluetooth or USB input or AUX jack. In addition, with the integration of 3G or 4G Internet in the car, we can listen to online radio stations and other audio services on the internet. The audio CD is probably living its last moments of glory, the same as the audio tape years ago.