It used to be that the vision for the cars of the future was that they would be made of shining chrome and hover above the road. So far, history has proved this prediction wrong. Yet, technology does move fast, and that is particularly true in the automotive industry, with new features being added to vehicles all the time. Indeed, while we are no closer to hover cars, there are plenty of new trends set to transform the automotive industry in the near future, keep reading to find out what they are.
Fully electric cars
While the current state of the combustion engine is that it is begging to share dominance with its electric counterpart, this is unlikely to continue. Indeed, with the massive concern for the environment and preservation of what limited supplies of fossil fuels we have left, we can expect fully electric vehicles to become the norm over the next 10 years.
Of course, that means alongside the Tesla Model S’s you can expect electric cars from all major brands. This also means that electric charging stations are set to become a permanent fixture on our roads and motorways and that electric batteries will continue to hold longer and longer chargers for more extended trips.
While we are seeing some developments in dashes and vehicle control centres in the form of HUDS right now, these are set to be eclipsed in the future by even more sophisticated tech. Yes, that’s right, dash displays are set to get the AR treatment where a wealth of information including the distance, speed, make and status of other vehicles on the road is shown.
The major advantages of this type of tech include higher levels of safety for those on the road. Some automotive industry brands are even looking at ways to apply AR tech to improve passenger’s experience as well. A development that primarily revolves around allowing them to zoom in on objects and locations outside of the car and so be provided with relevant data.
Most people are aware that Google is already in the testing stages of its self-driving car project. However, the speed that such tech will roll out and become the norm is still in question.
Obviously, there are many benefits to self-driving vehicles including better safety for everyone on the road including pedestrians. However, perhaps another benefit here is that self-driving vehicles would free up huge amounts of time for people when they would otherwise be travelling or commuting. Something that may have a positive impact on leisure time and stress levels, as well as the way people work. After all, if people can get an extra hour or two of work in on the way to and from their job, they may not have to be present at their work premises for so long.
Although, it is worth noting that there is likely to be some pushback from those that either do not fully trust the tech, or that prefer to retain at least some control of their vehicle while on the road.