Hybrid cars have defeated the Large Hadron Collider and the iPhone to be crowned the most important engineering achievement of the last decade.
A study conducted by McCrindle Research on behalf of Engineers Australia asked Australian’s to nominate what they felt was the biggest technological breakthrough of the 2000s. Hybrid cars were the overwhelming majority, taking more than 40 per cent of the responses.
Hybrid cars managed to take the top spot despite the cult popularity of the iPhone and the intense coverage of the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. McCrindle Research boss, Mark McCrindle says hybrid cars managed to capture Australians on several levels.
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“Australians are realists – they acknowledge cars as a part of everyday life but they are also becoming increasingly aware of the environmental issues that owning a car can bring,’’ McCrindle says. ‘‘Hybrid cars address both of these concerns and therefore are highly valued by Australians.”
The Large Hadron Collider finished second with 16.5 per cent of the responses but the iPhone could only manage fifth place on the list, behind GPS and Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.
The research also revealed that one in 10 surveyed expected to be getting around in self-driving cars by now.