The automotive industry is advancing day by day to satisfy the ever-changing customers' demand by introducing eco-friendly cars, improving public transportation, manufacturing driving assistance systems, offering seamless infrastructure, enhancing independent driving techniques, and launching many more ingenious innovations. We do not know what is going to happen next and how a new invention will further customize the vehicle's performance and safety in the future. However, after doing in-depth research, we have identified the top 4 trends of future vehicles.
1. Environmental protection
A large percentage of greenhouse gas is emitted from vehicles. The substantial gain in greenhouse gas emission has increased global warming drastically, due to which temperatures and sea levels have intensified, globally, over the years. If this issue is not looked upon, then you can expect terrible storms, floods, and droughts to occur more frequently and severely. The damage is not only on the surface but aquatic creatures are also facing immense trouble and deaths due to the pollution. Due to too much environmental pressure and strict emission laws in certain states, we can expect that petrol operated cars may vanish in the future and would be replaced by electric or hybrid cars. Electric cars run completely on electricity, hence, won't emit any harmful gas into the air. On the other hand, hybrid cars comprise two engines and depend more on electricity, thus, they will burn less fuel, resulting in less pollution.
The latest trend which consumers are talking about the most is an autonomous driving technique. The heavy traffic, complicated parking, and driving will no longer be an exhausting task to perform. The autonomous cars will permit the driver to sit back, relax, and do activities that one may have never thought to do in the car while driving. Basically, the autonomous car is a vehicle designed in such a way that it is able to recognize its surroundings and cruise safely without any human labor required. The automated cars include advanced systems like radar, lidar, sonar, GPS, odometry and inertial measurement units which assist in discovering suitable navigation paths, hazards, and relevant signage. IoT (Internet of Things) and AI (Artificial Intelligence) are working on this project with great enthusiasm. In no time this method will be taking over the automotive industry, in fact, the passenger economy is expected to be a $7 trillion industry alone by 2050.
Due to the increasing volume of cars on the road and the rising number of accidents, the issue of safety is becoming a huge concern for society, as well as industry. But with the digitalization evolving significantly within the automotive industry, it can be claimed that future cars are going to get more safe and secure. All the latest cars are equipped with various safe driving systems, such as a night vision system, a collision-avoidance system, adaptive cruise control, crash protection, 360-degree camera, teen driver technology, and much more. The safety features are divided into two categories i.e. Passive and Active vehicle safety. Active systems, like night vision systems and teen driver technology, alert drivers of upcoming potential hazards on the road and intervene according to the situation. While the passive systems, like airbags and seatbelts, offer optimum protection, by increasing the safety of the driver as well as passengers, in case of an accident.
4. Affordable cost
Nowadays, the primary focus of automakers is to design a light-weighted car in order to achieve their desired emission targets along with fuel economy. According to Scientific American, decreasing a car's weight by as little as one-tenth will improve its fuel economy by 6 to 8 percent. Due to this, the engineers are manufacturing vehicles using robust material like carbon-fiber composites, aluminum, magnesium, and steel blends which will reduce vehicular weight without compromising strength and durability of the car. Along with increased safety, light-weight cars enhances the overall performance of the car as they are maneuverable allowing you to easily park or drive within the small spaces. Lastly, along with less fuel cost, the light-weighted vehicles will turn out to be affordable, hence, will be accessible to a larger number of customers than before.