Developing a new car costs money. Lots of money. Manufacturers spend millions, if not billions, on the development of a completely new car. The bulk of the costs are incurred in technical development, but do not discount the costs involved in the design-technical picture. Often several international design teams spend a long time sketching and modeling on clay models. Can artificial intelligence (partially) take over the function of car designers? Probably not. Artificial intelligence bases its creations on what already exists, which means that the designs that AI creates often contain little news and will mainly be mishmash of existing design. AI can undoubtedly lend a helping hand. Cars drawn by smart algorithms can always serve as a source of inspiration. UK company Leasecar has commissioned AI to draw new generations of what are currently popular new cars in the UK. This results in striking creations, digital cars in which you encounter design elements of existing cars. Opel Corsa In the ‘AI-Corsa’ we see the design of the grille and when viewed from the side, influences from Opels, especially from the previous generation. So you see that AI is based on what is already there. So no Opel Vizor for this new Corsa proposed by ones and zeroes. Nissan Qashqai Will be the new Qashqai? Probably not. While Nissan is slowly but surely toning down the V-Motion grille, this computer-generated car has a very fierce incarnation of it in its face. If you had told us this was a never-seen-before 2017 Nissan concept car, we wouldn’t have questioned it. Ford Puma Is this the unholy love baby of a Ford Puma and the Hyundai Prophecy Concept? No, according to an algorithm, this is the next generation Ford Puma. Interesting: the AI has turned the new Puma into a three-door. After all, there are enough pictures on the internet of the predecessor of the current crossover Puma… Kia Sportage This new Kia Sportage as the software presents it is certainly not a new design. We find a tiger nose grille that is no longer applied in this fierceness and the windows are reminiscent of those of the previous generation Sportage. Nissan Juke The next-generation Nissan Juke, like the new Puma, will be a three-door crossover with a coupe-like roofline. Could AI be onto something here? We think not, but would only welcome the arrival of such a model. Hyundai Tucson Just as for the proposed Kia Sportage, this Hyundai Tucson does not quite match the current design language. Nice detail are the ‘digital’ exterior mirrors. Tesla Model Y With the presentation of the next generation Tesla Model Y, the AI was not quite sure what to do with it. We mainly see a Model Y, but with flatter viewers and a wider nose. It does not look wrong, although the placement (and design of) the side mirrors looks a bit unnatural. Mini A touch of Smart #1 and a hefty dose of Mini Rocketman: that’s the next generation Mini. We have known for a long time that this is precisely not true. Would you like to see a mini-Mini like this on the road? Volkswagen T-Roc For the new T-Roc, the soulless draftsman was apparently inspired by old Volkswagen study models such as the T-Prime GTE (Touareg) and Cross Coupé GTE Concept. Indeed: concept cars from about seven years ago. Ford Fiesta Did you find the current generation Ford Fiesta before it was facelifted very similar to its predecessor? You’re not alone in that, it seems. The piece of AI thinks that Ford will simply repeat that trick for a second time with the next generation Fiesta. Who will tell our software sketch hero that there won’t be another Fiesta?
Source: AutoWeek by www.autoweek.nl.
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