Author(s): Jon Bentley
Cars are one of the most significant human creations. They changed our cities. They changed our lives. They changed everything. But in the next years, this technology will itself change enormously. If Google get their way, are we all going to be ferried around in tiny electric bubble-cars? Or will we watch robots race a bionic Lewis Hamilton? And what about the future of classic cars? Autopia celebrates motoring's rich heritage and meets the engineers (and coders) who are transforming cars forever. From mobile hotel rooms to electric battery technology; from hydrogen-powered cars to jetpacks, Autopia is the essential guide to the future of our greatest invention. Fully designed with illustrations and photographs, this will be the perfect gift for car and technology enthusiasts everywhere.
An interesting read... thorough enough to delight even those who consider themselves to be on the ball with industry developments. * Auto Express * Jon is a passionate, articulate and characteristic car man who has a canny knack of capturing the very essence of the sector I love so much! Exactly what he has done with Autopia. Brilliant. * Ant Anstead, presenter of Channel 4's For the Love of Cars * Jon Bentley is a true petrolhead. In Autopia, Jon makes even complex automotive innovations easy to understand. I couldn't put it down. * Mike Brewer, presenter of Wheeler Dealers * An enjoyable, fact-filled conversation with uncle Jon, taking us on a road trip through the speed bumps and detours on our journey towards an Autopian future. * Edd China, TV presenter and author of Grease Junkie * Intelligent, honest, and extremely interesting. Just like Jon. * Richard Porter, founder of Sniff Petrol, and script editor of The Grand Tour * Fascinating and entertaining. No one is better placed than Jon Bentley to open up the past, present and future of the motor car. * Tiff Needell, former presenter of Top Gear and Fifth Gear *
Jon Bentley is a presenter on Channel 5's The Gadget Show. He was the producer and executive producer of Top Gear for many years and has a bend named after him on the programme's test track. He is a committed car enthusiast and has written for multiple car publications
Introduction: Why the Car Matters
1: Connected and Autonomous: the Rise of the Robot Cars
2: Sparking Innovation: Alternative Power and the Future of the Internal Combustion Engine
3: Designing the Future: How the Shape of Cars will Change
4: Speeding Ahead: the Future of Performance Cars and Motorsport
5: Hackers and Crash-Test Dummies: Safety and the Age of Automation
6: The Future of the Past: Classic Cars and Enthusiast Drivers 7: Conclusion: Is the Car Dead?