The motor car. You might be impressed by its performance. Or admire its good looks. Some have become cultural icons or an inspiration for nostalgia. For many, it's simply a way of getting from A to B.
Today, in its century old history, the car has become an integral part of mobility in our society. And now it is also coming under close scrutiny as part of the general conversation about the future of our planet.
The Car. The Future. Me. takes a look at how the car might change in the years to come and how that change might affect us all, regardless of whether we drive or not. Throughout, we’d like to hear your opinion.
The exhibition begins by exploring some of the pioneers in automotive history. In the early days the petrol internal combustion engine, the electric motor and even steam power competed to be the dominant technology. These were the formative car inventions and at the time no-one knew which would come out on top.
In 2019 history is repeating itself. Today's pioneers are called 'disruptors'. They are people who don't necessarily work in the motor industry, but have backgrounds in other areas of technology. Clever people who bring us electric power and driverless transport to challenge our traditional notion of what the car should be.
So what's all the fuss about? The Car. The Future. Me. investigates the latest new – and some not so new - technology. How practical is the electric car and what are the myths surrounding it? And what about the petrol and diesel engine – are they really that bad?
There are other alternatives, not just for fuel but also for the driver. There is already more technology in cars taking the control away from the driver than you might think and, in under a decade, cars will be able to fully take care of the driving. How will this benefit, or harm, transport, industry, the environment and society?
Finally, the exhibition considers what our future transport might look like. It could be a connected network of communications, cars and even autonomous pods in increasingly greener spaces. We might even have taken to the sky for our local commuting! By the year 2100, will we drive or won't we?
And for those of us working in museums or who own car collections, will it be practical or even socially acceptable to drive our prized classic models on the road? We think you’ll have plenty to say on that score!
The car will almost certainly be a different proposition another 100 years from now. And we'd like to share that journey with you and hear your views on the shape that future will take and how you feel it will affect you.