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The future of cars

How will cars develop in the future?

The horse was arguably the first common form of personal transport. Useful though horses were, they required a lot of upkeep and feeding. The bicycle was the first common form of mechanical personal transport and popularity encouraged better roads and paved the way for cars.

What will the next form of personal transport be?
Will we ever have solar powered cars?

How about personal computer-controlled capsules we could sit in, program in our destination and allow the capsule/car to take us where we need to go, linking up with other capsules in a chain when there are lots of capsule cars in the same place? This is how red blood cells travel around the body and it's an efficient way to deliver oxygen to cells.

Could we learn a lesson or two from nature?

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If you were going to design the car of the future, what would it look like?