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As technology continues to improve and lead us to a more innovative tomorrow, so automotive trends and styles continue to evolve with it. In decades past, automotives were all about exacting functionality developed to such a fine point, often heedless of aesthetics. While a majority of vehicles nowadays still conform to such outdated standards, the majority of automotive companies nowadays work largely in the imaginative and innovative fields. With technology being an integral part of today’s ‘style’, many car designers have thought it ideal for modern vehicles to reflect the technologically-oriented mindset of the modern driver, once again veering towards functionality, but with a whole lot of style to boot.
While functional and stylish cars were once dream vehicles made specifically for the big screen, or otherwise made available only to the very wealthy, nowadays, automotive trends tend to veer towards the more available, affordable, and readily customizable gizmos, gadgets, and overall aesthetics that make for an ideal vehicle. While killer paint-jobs, chrome rims, low-riders, and surround-sound stereos were the automotive vogues of yesteryear, nowadays, most individuals would rather prefer to drive ‘smart cars’ than your average ‘pimped’ vehicle.
This goes without saying that the ideal car of today needs be equipped with gadgets galore ranging from a fully-automated GPS system, a small, discreet, yet nevertheless powerful sound system, an external viewing module or screen, its own flat-screen TV, and even Internet connectivity.
This technological dependency doesn’t stop there. With the growing rise of ecological awareness and ‘green living’, many trending vehicles are now even being groomed to be both eco-friend and fuel efficient. Gone are the gas guzzlers of the past, with many automotive companies encouraging the development and preference for battery operated or extremely fuel-efficient vehicles. While large vehicles are still a commonplace sight, current automotive trends seem to veer towards the smaller, more compact vehicles.
Not only are such cars more fuel-efficient, they also take up less space and consume less energy. Further trends in the current automotive industry seem to veer towards a preference for the self-thinking car, with automated, computer-controlled functions, calculating engines, automated light-sensitive windows, and automatic windshield wipers being common features, if not frequently imagined or attempted innovations. Even the very framework of vehicles have undergone a futuristic change, with the penchant for truly specialized custom vehicles to be made from ultra-lightweight materials such as fiberglass, which isn’t just fireproof, but is shock and scratch-proof as well!
While in the past, such attempts at technologically ‘adept’ vehicles belonged chiefly to the realm of science fiction, nowadays, battery operated vehicles, thinking cars, and even dynamic GP-systems are now a daily part of a driver’s life. With these recent innovations comes a certain drawback however, as cars become more expensive not due to any innovative change in the overall performance as how it is had after purchase, but due to the ever-constant need to update, improve, upgrade, and enhance the nearly endless number of technological gizmos and gadgets that promise better everything for the right price. In the debate over practicality versus aesthetics + functionality, one will undoubtedly have a hard time deciding which among the two facets of automotive life is worth investing in.