Back to the Future – 21st October 2015

Posted on October 21st, 2015 by GEM Motoring Assist

How time flies! Today is the day that the iconic 1980’s Back to the Future franchise recognised as the future, which its intrepid time travellers flew to in their modified DeLorean.

Looking back through the misty eyes of nostalgia, we take a tongue-in-cheek look at the glorious mid-eighties vision of 2015; what has not appeared, as well as things that the films predicted as becoming motoring reality.

What we wanted to happen:

Flying cars – Certainly a little far-fetched but it would certainly help with congestion! Policing the skyways would have brought about its own challenges. While some flying car prototypes have been made, at this moment in time, we still need roads.

Barcode number plates – while it would have made it impossible for a member of the public to identify a car, it would have made cloning more difficult! However, barcode tickets can be displayed on a windscreen permanently, especially useful for toll-booths on European motorways.

Forecourt robots – Although the franchise shows a car filling up with a mystery fuel automatically, 2015’s reality shows that procedure has not been completely automated – and we are still vulnerable to a few strong whiffs of Benzene, as we fill up with petrol. Yet, self-service fuel stations allow us to fill up and pay, without the need to queue.

What has become reality:

Hover boards – We had to mention these – while hover boards have not appeared in exactly the same form as those depicted in the movies, the term is used to describe self-balancing scooters that are gaining rapid popularity on British streets, despite them being illegal to use in a public space.

Hybrid/electric cars – Note how some of the cars in the film’s depiction of 2015 glide to a stop, with no engine clatter? Although fuel-burning engines are here to stay, hybrid and electric cars are gaining public acceptance.

Thumbprints – While thumb-printing was used in the film to pay a taxi fare, it is used today commonly as a security device for smartphones. Yet, the technology was also employed in the Audi A8. We wonder how practical bio-metric security would be to use as standard equipment across more humdrum cars, instead of flawed keyless entry, although aftermarket systems are available for retrofitting.

Do you have any recollections about what your younger self wanted to become reality in 2015? We’d love you to share them with us on our Facebook page.