Technology’s strength lies within its ability to constantly evolve, change, adapt and innovate. Much like Thomas Hobbe’s Leviathan, technology can swap pieces and parts in order to meet changes and incorporate new developments.
The automobile industry is one sector that is constantly incorporating new technology into many of its facets, resulting in wonderful improvements for owners. From improvements in safety, to Bluetooth integration and even the full panel computers of the Tesla, our cars are quickly becoming digital. So digital in fact, that there have been many hacking concerns.
One of the areas of innovation that cars have lagged behind in is that of fuel. The internal combustion engine has dominated the industry for decades and beyond improving its efficiency, there has yet to be a major shift. Tesla has begun to make electric vehicles more commonplace, but yet gas powered vehicles are still the norm.
For years, Japan has been working on hydrogen fuel cells as an alternative fuel source for vehicles, a concept which seems to be catching on. Last week at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Audi revealed that they had begun work on precisely this method of power.
The vehicle that Audi revealed had a range of 370 using hydrogen fuel cells. While this vehicle is not currently slated for production, it demonstrates that perhaps the automotive industry is not yet finished with its innovation. That or this is simply a move by Audi to try and put on a good face after their emissions scandal last year.