Although they’re only some 44-48 years apart, these two make a nice pairing to give an idea of the evolution of the best selling cars in the US in their times, and almost a half century apart. And of course it inspires speculation as to what the best selling car of 2058 will be like.
In principle, these two are more alike than different. The Camry represents the evolution of what a comfortable, roomy sedan is, but just much more so than the ’58 Chevy (this is a mildly customized one that has lost its rear doors). The Camry is of course faster, much more efficient, more comfortable, drastically better handling and decidedly more safe. But they’re both three-box sedans powered by gasoline IC engines with torque converter automatic transmissions.
The odds of that being the case in 2058 is not at all good. Already, the Toyota RAV4 is the best selling light passenger car, having surpassed the Camry. And the future is predicted to be one of electric and autonomous cars, almost certainly not in the three-box sedan format.
Is this the best-selling transportation pod of 2058? If so, will anyone cars what brand it is, other than who’s entertainment system is inside it?
Will “fun cars” still be available, or at least be allowed on public streets and highways? There’s little doubt in my mind that the benefits of autonomous cars that can platoon closely together will be very compelling in terms of traffic management in large, dense metropolitan cities. Maybe self-driving IC cars will be relegated to Sundays only, to drive to Cars and Coffee?
Predicting the future is always perilous. This autonomous and electric car of the future was predicted at about the same time as the ’58 Chevy hit the streets. It hasn’t quite happened yet, but there’s no doubt we’re a lot closer.
Some people are living out that electric autonomous future already, at their peril. This video (see it here), which clearly shows a UK Tesla driver sitting alone in the passenger seat while his Models S was rolling down the motorway, was proof enough to get him busted, and hard. An 18 month license suspension, 100 hours community service, 10 days of “rehabilitation” (driver’s ed?) and a £1,800 fine. It’s been assumed that Tesla’s Autopilot would not stay engaged if it sensed no one sitting in the seat or the seat belt off, but maybe a software update is in order. He presumably was still keeping a hand on the wheel. Maybe he was practicing to use his Tesla for rural mail delivery?
Ok, back to the matter at hand. Let’s hear how you feel about the future and 2058, for better or for worse.