20th September 2014
Since a couple of decades people drive cars, motorcycles and trucks which pretty much look and work the same as a couple of decades ago. I.e., cars are made of steel, use a fuel powered motor, have 4 seats, etc. Although there are clearly advances in the area, like fuel consumption, electronic assistance systems, design, streamlined shape, most of the technology is basically the same.
The car industry is now witnessing two major trends:
Both trends are clearly visible but are progressing slowly and steadily. Both trends were most prominently demonstrated by outsiders of the car-industry:
The following video shows Prof. Dr. Sebastian Thrun talking about Stanley, DARPA Grand Challenge and the Mojave Desert. https://video.golem.de/mobil/3850/autos-vom-computer-gesteuert-ein-vortrag-von-sebastian-thun-von-der-stanford-universitaet.html
Since the inception of the Segway the area of single person transportation has also seen several noteworthy advances.
Currently the Segway is an order of magnitude too expensive. The Segway costs around 4,000 euros and therefore competes with the price of a secondhand car. As the Segway has much less utility than a full-blown car, it is no surprise that they did not leave their niche.
Below is a picture of the Ryno.
Below video shows the Ryno in action.
The airwheel looks like this
Lit Motors C-1 looks like this
Daniel Kim, CEO of Lit Motors, presents his C-1.
Added 19-Jun-2015: Another outlook is given by Mercedes Benz in below video: