From Plant-Based Tires to Carbon Fiber SUVs

By: Jana Pijak - Nov 2, 2016
These auto manufacturing innovations range from carbon fiber SUVs to plant-based tire concepts that aim to reduce drivers' overall environmental impact. Other memorable examples include those that utilize 3D printing technology to create car parts that are functional, inexpensive and quick to make.

When examining 3D-printed vehicle applications, standouts include examples like engineer Eric Harell's Toyota 22RE engine -- a working model, made entirely of printed pieces -- along with Ford's use of 3E Rapid Prototyping technology when designing the headlights of its newest vehicles.

Other auto manufacturing innovations to take note of include AI co-created cars like the 'Hack Rod' concept vehicle as well as leather and fabric-covered roadsters that are conceived with a fashionable inspiration in mind.