Elon Musk's latest venture has been met with confusion and ridicule. But drawing inspiration from science fiction for new technology should go beyond simplistic futurist fantasies.
Looking back through all Melbourne's strategic plans from 1929 onwards, it becomes clear that the 20th-century legacy of car-centric planning and its focus on parking is still deeply entrenched.
There's a reason the next generation of cars look eerily familiar – and we may have a long wait for something completely different.
Volvo might be the first car company to go all-electric, but it's far from the market leader and petrol will continue to be relied upon.
In contrast to increases in vehicle safety over the decades, we have seen little new technology to ensure the safety of pedestrians – and current innovations are still based on a car-centric approach.
Reactive seats and head restraints would help cut down on head and neck injuries in rear-end shunts.
The Vision Next 100 concept car promises 22nd century luxury but is more likely to become an amusing curiosity – just like its predecessors.
Bond's nemeses usually want to destroy the planet but this one might help save it.