Have we reached peak car?

Realistically, probably not. But that doesn't mean we can't think about it. Of course, we would have thought the same in the 90s but how much further can the car go in terms of technology?

When Carl Benz invented the first car in 1886, it had three wheels and just one seat big enough for two passengers. In the 20s, companies gradually started adding things like a chassis, frames and different engines to Carl Benz's first car.

 

The 50s and 60s is were we saw the biggest moves towards what we now know as a car. The car was gradually getting more comfortable and user friendly with the features such as power steering, air conditioning and cruise control being added to some high-end models.

In the 70s, car manufacturers started adding anti-lock brakes, stereos and digital dashboard displays. The 1970s also saw the first catalytic converters being introduced in a bid to help reduce exhaust fumes.

The late 80s and early 90s were the safety years. Manufacturers introduced airbags, parking sensors and onboard diagnostics.

Fast forward to 2021, we're quite far from what was the first car to be invented with autopilot, automatic parking, augmented reality dashboards and emotional monitoring. Give it another couple of years and cars might not even come with a steering wheel!

The question is... at what point does a car stop being a car? In near future, we may see features such as gesture controls and biometric access.