Science

3 Existing Technologies That Will Revolutionize Cars of the Future

It's hard to believe how far transportation technology has come in just a few years. At the beginning of the 21st century, cities around the world were choking due to extremely polluted air, and efficient public transit only existed in the most densely populated cities.

Today, concern for the environment has driven development of cleaner and greener transportation systems, and public as well as private groups are working hard to connect cities like never before — for example, Elon Musk is hard at work on a hyperloop that would make the trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles just 30 quick minutes.

However, perhaps the most notable innovations are seen in our personal vehicles. In the year 2000, the most fuel-efficient car on the road boasted only about 30 miles per gallon of gas — and that was on highways under ideal conditions.

Today, some hybrid-electric cars can travel upwards of 130 miles on a single gallon of fuel, all while running fantastic entertainment systems. Still, even greater car innovations are on the horizon — any many have their roots in tech that already exists in cars on the road right now. Here's a glimpse of the car of the future.

Hydrogen Fuel

Today, the majority of automobiles run on petroleum gasoline, which — aside from being increasingly expensive and hazardous to acquire — is death to global environments. Traditional car exhausts spew all sorts of toxic pollutants into the air, including greenhouse gases, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons, and more. Thankfully, a cleaner solution exists: Hydrogen.

Hydrogen is the simplest element, and it is full of energy. In fact, NASA has used liquid hydrogen fuel to power space shuttles since the 1970s. Currently, land-based fuel cell vehicles can travel more than 300 miles without refilling, which is much farther than electric vehicles and only a smidge less than the most advanced hybrid engines.

Regardless of the distance traveled, the most plentiful emission produced by hydrogen engines is regular, clean water. Plus, hydrogen is the most plentiful element in the universe, existing naturally in nearly every compound on earth, from water to natural gas to all living things. Thus, there is no shortage of hydrogen for humans to cultivate for fuel.

Electric car–proponent Elon Musk calls the idea of hydrogen-powered vehicles "incredibly dumb," but nearly every other car expert is ecstatic over the development of hydrogen fuel cells. Already, Honda, Toyota, and other car brands have plans to release hydrogen cars during the coming year — but only in select regions where hydrogen pumps are available.

Shared Vehicles

Perhaps not a technology but rather a technique, car sharing is swiftly revolutionizing how people buy and use cars. To participate, members of car sharing communities pay small monthly fees to gain access to personal vehicles when they need them — and when they don't, they can use public transit or other green transportation options. Ultimately, the service reduces the number of cars on the road at any time, reduces the need for parking lots, and reduces emissions and other harmful environmental effects of automobiles.

In dozens of ways, car sharing is revolutionizing the automobile industry. The growing popularity of car sharing programs throughout the world's cities is helping car manufacturers rethink their models for producing and selling vehicles. Today, most major manufacturers have partnered with ride- and car-share providers in anticipation of a public shift away from personal vehicle ownership and toward the sharing economy. Plus, car sharing fleets are easier to adapt to changing environmental regulations and green technologies — like hydrogen fuel cells — so drivers and manufacturers alike can become more eco-friendly, as soon as possible.

Hands-Free Driving

Most everyone these days is aware of the imminent release of driverless vehicles. In cities around the globe, robot cars are already zipping around streets, conveying eager test passengers from point A to point B. Experiments with autonomous vehicles date back in earnest to the 1920s, beginning with radio-controlled cars and rocketing ahead in the '90s with fully independent flying drones. By the 2010s, most cars had some feature that would contribute to autonomy, such as hands-free parallel parking or blind-spot sensors.

Some car manufacturers, a bit overeager in their estimations, believed to have driverless cars available to the public by 2018 — meaning the end of this year. However, most conservative estimates suggest we won't see any non-test robot cars on the road until 2020. Still, the hands-free revolution is already in full-swing, and the car of the future is almost here.

Spirituality

What Did You See First? The Answer Reveals Your Worst Subconscious Fear

Vladimir Kush is known for his deceptive paintings. He was born and raised in Russia where he studied at the Institute of Fine Arts and served in the Russian military. As a result of his mixed experience, having seen both beauty and death, he is able to create paintings made of carefully crafted ambiguous scenes that have multiple meanings. Each meaning has the ability to speak a certain truth about the subconscious mind.

This painting in particular is titled Butterfly Apple but we won't give more of it away as to allow you to experience it for yourself, and find your own experience of beauty and fear.

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What Is Fear In Its Essence?

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Fear is ultimately just a feeling. We're not born afraid. Throughout life, we learn either by conditioning or experience that some things have a high risk of bad consequences so we become afraid of them. In psychology, fear is a stimulus that is triggered when a threat is detected. This triggers the fear response in the amygdala (a part of the brain) that gets the body ready to either fight or escape.

Some fears are so deeply rooted that they trick the brain into thinking that the fear is more than a feeling, that it can never be changed. This then makes the fear subconsciously control actions and reactions. For example, you might subconsciously sabotage every new relationship because deep inside, you're afraid of getting heartbroken and think it is unavoidable.

What Do You See

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Now that you understand, let's find out what it is that you subconsciously fear the most. This is something important for you to know so that you can become mindful of your actions and understand their root. You might not realize the impact of your fear and how it translates into your responses to everyday things. The more aware you become of it, the more control you will have over your life, your emotions, and yourself.

There are four possible sightings. Make sure to choose the first one that you saw as it will be the most relevant. If you happen to see more than one almost at once, check the results of the first one you see.

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Apple

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​If you noticed the apple first, then your worst conscious fear is death. This existential fear is actually quite common as it has the power to impact our entire identity. You may not think of death in your every waking second, but knowing that it inevitably waits for you one day can be enough to make you endlessly and aimlessly search for meaning. You may find yourself always grasping for something more and craving validation as if the more you have or the more people like you, the less likely you are to die.

Similar to the imagery of Adam eating an apple from the forbidden tree, you may feel unsatisfied being alone, and hope that if you have to face death then you can at least do it in good company. Your relationships are important to you, and you feel attached to everyone you come to care about. You're loyal, sometimes overly so, and forgiving. You want others to feel loved by you the same way you hope to be by them. You can't bear the thought of losing anyone you love.

Butterfly

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If you felt attracted to the butterfly first then your subconscious fear is betrayal. Butterflies are quite symbolic. The butterfly effect explains how every action has a reaction, is associated with the past, and is often synonymous with the image of being reborn. For you, you've been hurt enough times by others that you believe that the butterfly effect will always be against you, that every action will have a bad reaction for you.

This leaves you often feeling stuck and unable to let go. In a way, you betray yourself because you hold yourself back from flying away from situations that no longer serve you. Ironically this puts you at more of a disadvantage of being betrayed by others.

Caterpillar

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​If you noticed the caterpillar first then your subconscious fear is the unknown or the paranormal. The fear of ghosts, spirits, and anything beyond our world that we don't understand is also known as phasmophobia. Maybe you feel a shiver when doors slam around you or you get bad feelings during thunderstorms. It's possible that you can't sleep at night because you feel like you're not alone.

In reality, you're actually just open-minded and you're open to the possibility that there's more to this world than we understand but this lack of understanding also causes you to fear because you don't know how to control or prepare for it. This also makes you question bigger picture factors like your purpose here, or what happens after you die which adds additional levels to your fear.

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Knife

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If you chose the knife, your subconscious fear is a terminal illness. You fear being taken away or having someone leave you before it's their time. You can't stand suffering and seeing those you care about in pain without being able to do anything about it. If you're the one to get terminally ill you can't live with the idea of not having control over it. It goes against your proactive and nurturing nature.

You wish you could predict how you were to die or at least know for sure that it would be peaceful. The older you get, and the more you see your health deteriorate, the harder it is to accept that you're losing your ability to function to your potential. You're quite independent and full of life and adventure and can't bear the idea of losing it all, especially if suddenly.

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