6 Mind-blowing Predictions on the Future of Cars
Maybe more than any other invention, cars defined life in the 20th century. They set the tone for daily life: our aspirations, our joys, and sorrows. A lot of the way society functioned had to do with the way cars operated.
But that’s changing… and fast. New technologies are already revolutionizing how we travel, and they’re not going anywhere anytime soon. We’ll be seeing some major changes in the auto industry very soon. The 21st century is already capitalizing on advancements in technologies and will change the way we view cars.
1. Going electric
We’ve had hybrids for a while, now, and of course, there are fully electric models on the market. And this cleaner, more efficient technology isn’t just a novelty: in many cases, drivers can get more power and more safety, making it a new gearhead aspiration. And with gas prices becoming less and less tenable for many consumers, it looks like the electric car is primed to take over. Watch out hybrid!
2. Zero-emission standard
Governments all over the world are focusing their attention on reducing emissions, and cars are a major contributor to the problem. New standards are being enacted from California to Germany to Japan mandating that a growing percentage of newly manufactured cars be zero-emission. Various technologies exist to make this happen, and it seems like only a matter of time before legislation and technology converge for a new generation of clean-running rides.
Of course the biggest disruptive force on the horizon is the self-driving car, which has been flawlessly tested in a number of astounding trials, from passenger cars to semi-trucks. These models have yet to be involved in any accident, and could be the harbinger of a new, accident-free society. A decade or two down the line, traveling by car could be 100% safe. At least that’s what some are predicting.
4. Public car ownership
When that self-driving revolution happens, it’ll take a lot of other aspects of car culture with it. Driving your own car won’t be necessary; eventually it might not even be legal. So consumers will stop buying cars the way they used to. It could well become a public good, like buses or trains — centrally managed like any community-owned good.
5. Travel by smartphone
With public car ownership, travel by road will be a matter of using your smartphones (or smart watches, or whatever device is de rigueur in the future) to call for a car. The experience will be a lot like an Uber or Lyft ride, except that you won’t get to chat with your driver.
6. Managed traffic patterns
One of the biggest advantages of the self-driving car revolution would be the elimination of traffic problems. A fleet of self-driving cars or cars that talk to each other could be managed in such a way as to optimize traffic flow, with a minimum of space between vehicles and no accidents to muddy the waters.
Until the future gets here, though, you’ll need to get back on the road after an accident. If you’ve been in a collision, Fix Auto is here to help you keep driving the old-fashioned way.