Traffic congestion, the environment, automatic radars, potholes, not to mention periodic maintenance. Readers asked to formulate the characteristics of the vehicle they dream of constantly refer to all of these factors, and many more. Unsurprisingly, the ideal vehicle has the stature of an SUV. “The elevated driving position reassures me a lot, admits Denise, 61, but the strong point remains the ease of getting in and out of this type of vehicle. Charles-Étienne, 28, also appreciates these characteristics, but the versatility promised by an SUV remains his main trump card. “For me,” he said, “an SUV is like a Swiss army knife, it has many uses. It is a pragmatic choice. The ideal vehicle, according to our guest readers, features a four-wheel drive mode. “It’s a must, especially if you live in Montreal and its streets bogged down in winter,” believes Georges, 62. And there are the potholes too; an all-wheel drive does not change much, it is the dimensions of the tires that must be reviewed, the height of the sidewalls, above all. And since we are there, why not relax the suspensions too? The engine desired under the hood of this four-wheel drive SUV is naturally electric. “It’s greener, quieter and more calming to drive,” says Véronique, 42, and owner of a Nissan Leaf. “In my wildest dreams, my vehicle would recharge its batteries by induction. It would save me from running the bounds, ”she laughs.
The unanimity among our guest readers crumbles when it comes to conduct. The majority would like to be driven. “Daily life is stressful enough like that”, pleads Marie-Pier, 38 years old. Pierre, 74, is also ready to leave the wheel. With the current congestion, poor signaling and radars everywhere, driving pleasure, that has not existed for a long time already. So, yes to autonomous driving. Pierre Francis, 32, is not completely against “in town or in a traffic jam, but on condition that this function can be deactivated”. Getting a ride to other attractions for our guest readers. This would make it possible to rethink the passenger compartment of cars. “The seats could be deployed vis-à-vis, as in a living room”, thinks Audrey, 30 years old. And the ideal car would be more connected than ever. It will no longer have a key, will connect to the Internet, will be equipped with a more sophisticated voice recognition system, touch pads everywhere and will have several storage spaces. “And a trash can would be nice too,” Audrey laughs.