Accession Number:

AD0609757

Title:

AUTOMOBILES; TODAY AND TOMORROW,

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Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

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Report Date:

1962-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

89.0

Abstract:

This Memorandum describes the general characteristics of modern automobiles and explores their possible future traits. The present-day passenger car is analyzed by decomposing it into its basic components, such as the body, trim, and engine, and a linear relation is established between each component and over-all vehicle weight. Also categorized are other general properties, both linear with weight, such as capacity, payload, fuel utilization, and economy, and nonlinear, such as dimensions, power utilization, performance, and vehicle utilization. Each of the above components and characteristics is then examined regarding its future possibilities, with not only technological developments but also economic and public-acceptance constraints in mind. From this last analysis, the vehicle of the 1970s is reconstructed into its probable composition, with interactive trends and other factors being computed where possible. Author

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APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE