The Five Hottest Technology Trends for Automobiles in 2019
Gone are the days when cars were largely mechanical devices. They’re increasingly reliant on technology that keeps them working efficiently and helping drivers to be safe.
The automobile industry is now largely driven by technology. Here are some of the trends that may have a major influence on the market in 2019.
1. Autonomous Vehicles
The coming of automated vehicles has long been predicted but slow to arrive. However, it’s a gradual process that has included the introduction of automated gearboxes, GPS, parking sensors and rear cameras that will all eventually lead to a car that drives itself.
While some of us may just be able to accept a car that can parallel park without our intervention, we’re not yet ready to be taken to our destination without the help of a driver, even though it offers great benefits to people who are unable to drive. The feeling of not being in control overrides any benefits an automated car can bring. We’re also not prepared to pay the cost of an automated vehicle, which is still considered excessive.
Automated vehicles will, however, be increasingly used by commercial organisations on private property at low speeds. These may include airport shuttle buses that take people between terminals or to and from planes on pre-set routes.
The cost of these vehicles can be easily justified by savings in driver costs and the avoidance of staffing difficulties during unsocial hours. So next time you’re at an airport, don’t be surprised if you get a bus with no driver.
2. Sharing Data
All modern cars are fitted with computers that can analyze performance, detect faults and predict fuel consumption. But they’re capable of so much more and, by passing data to and from the cloud, we can be provided with information that assists our journey.
Sensors will collect traffic data, climate conditions and other data that can be shared with others. This can inform you of what is to come and provide alternatives that make your journey better. Although this is already available to some degree with certain GPS models, it will become more sophisticated and wide-ranging.
3. Mobility as a Service (MaaS)
Automated vehicles are likely to be part of MaaS but are not essential to it. It includes ride hailing services through apps and is aimed at making mobility accessible to everyone. As a result, the focus is likely to switch from innovative designs and feature-rich models to vehicles that deliver safety and comfort above all else.
4. Electric Vehicles
Like autonomous vehicles, these have been a long time coming but are now largely accepted as the future for cars. Limitations imposed by low battery capacity are being overcome, while the availability and capabilities of fast charging points are being increased. As a result, sales of electric cars are predicted to grow by over 30% annually.
Environmental issues are against petrol-driven cars, although advances in petrol engines will enable the transition to other fuels and further diminish the use of diesel. A host of new vehicles, whether battery electrics or plug-in hybrids, are due to launch in 2019 and are mainly manufactured by traditional car makers, rather than the electric specialists such as Tesla.
5. Trip Planning and Multi-Modal
The emphasis is likely to be less on using a single vehicle for a trip, and more on using several. Facilities will be available for complete trip planning that may include the use of public transport of various types, such as car or bike sharing and ride hailing services. The aim will be to complete the trip in the quickest, cheapest and most efficient way possible.
And there you have it – the five hottest technology trends for automobiles in 2019.