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November 11th, 2007
The robotic side of the imagined cars is made of futuristic technologies. The most common term used in the projects is nano, as in nanotech, nanotubes or nanofabrication. These cars are more Silicon Valley than San Fernando Valley.
In the future, space might be at a premium, which is why the imagined Volkswagen of 2057 called the SlipStream is a gleaming personal pod that resembles an upright vacuum cleaner; it flips down and sprouts fins for high-speed cruising.
The Mazda of the future, the MotoNari RX, named for the warrior who founded Hiroshima, the company's home city, looks like a model of a Frank Gehry building that someone has sat on. It is controlled with a skintight suit of sensors.
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