Check Out This Infographic That Visualises The 20 Most Iconic On-Screen Autonomous Vehicles From 1960S To Present Day | The Fan Carpet

Check Out This Infographic That Visualises The 20 Most Iconic On-Screen Autonomous Vehicles From 1960S To Present Day


25 July 2020

The Fan Carpet are delighted to present the timeline from Vanarama who have visualised the 20 most iconic on-screen autonomous vehicles from 1960s to present day to show how the fictional technology reflected the advances of the time.

From the Love Bug through to Westworld, see how movies and TV shows have evolved self-driving vehicles to create unforgettable moments.

Self-driving cars are becoming a more realistic prospect with each passing year as companies from the traditional (Toyota, Audi and BMW) to the more disruptive (Tesla, Google and Uber) race to be the first to produce an intelligent vehicle that can get you from A to B without you needing to lift a finger.

There’s a financial incentive for this urgency to be number one. The global market for autonomous vehicles is projected to be valued online.

So, it’s no surprise this tech has captured the imagination of Hollywood since the swinging sixties. On-screen automation has been portrayed through predictions of future technology, supernatural forces, or partnerships with people working on the real deal. This has meant there’s been no shortage of iconic self-driving cars on-screen.

To show how attitudes and predictions about driverless cars evolved, we’ve created a timeline of how they have been portrayed in film over the past several decades and looked at how close fictional tech was to reality at the time.

Iconic Autonomous Movie Cars Included

Model

Movie

Year

VW Beetle

The Love Bug

1968

Lincoln Continental Mk III

The Car

1977

KITT

Knight Rider

1982

1958 Plymouth Fury

Christine

1983

The Batmobile

Batman

1989

Johnny Cab

Total Recall

1990

Police Car

Demolition Man

1993

Ford Explorer

Jurassic Park

1993

Tactical Response Vehicle

Timecop

1994

Flying Taxi

The Fifth Element

1997

The Gadgetmobile

Inspector Gadget

1999

The 6th Day

Chevrolet Silverado

2000

Lexus 2054

Minority Report

2002

Audi RSQ

iRobot

2004

Bumblebee

Transformers

2007

Chevrolet Tahoe

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

2014

Audi R8 Coupe

Avengers: Age of Ultron

2015

The Spinner

Blade Runner 2049

2017

Dash

Upgrade

2018

Ride Share Vehicle

Westworld

2020

 

 

Autonomous Vehicles In Reality

We're getting closer to traveling from A to B in autonomous cars by the day, with a projected market of $615bn by 2026 (up from $27bn in 2017) including auto manufacturers such as BMW, Audi, Toyota to more disruptive tech-led businesses like Tesla, Google, Uber.

People are fascinated and wary of self-driving vehicles with a 2020 study showing:

  • 3 out of 4 people don't trust self-driving cars
  • 20% of respondents think autonomous vehicles will never be safe
  • 48% would never get in a taxi or ride-sharing vehicle that was self-driving
  • However, this scepticism hasn't stopped us racing to see the technology on the big screen

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