Driven by digitization that makes drivers’ everyday lives easier and ever-increasing expectations for technology, the vehicle of the future will be more ecological and smarter.
The automotive sector has developed a lot over the last decade, especially thanks to digitalisation, which has made users’ everyday lives easier. Today, motorists expect this development to continue and for mobility services to become as convenient as other aspects of their lives. It is a fact that consumers have increasingly high expectations when it comes to technology. And it must be said that brands are also pushing in this direction to be able to offer new services to meet this demand.
Thus, 6 out of 10 people believe that in 2030 it will be enough, thanks to augmented reality glasses, to simply think of an application to open it. While this may still seem crazy today, it is also not unthinkable. But while it is interesting to project ourselves on the technologies that will revolutionize our daily lives in 2030 or even 2050, let’s focus more on those that are already used, especially through IoT, where integration is the most telling for the automotive industry .
The car of tomorrow: from science fiction to reality
25 years ago, Luc Besson staged i Fifth Element a futuristic world of flying cars in New York in 2263. If the AéroMobil company has already created similar vehicles that are still in the testing phase, marketing should be effective in the decade of 2030. Also, since September 1, the semi-autonomous car was approved on French roads.
At the same time, during the last CES in Las Vegas, BMW unveiled its “Theatre Screen”, a 31” panoramic screen inside its vehicles, while Cadillac touted the benefits of its autonomous car luxury called Innerspace. With the presentation of these new models, it is clear that the vehicles that will soon be on the market are no longer content with helping people get around. In addition to major innovations, embedded technologies also have a greener and smarter scope, turning cars into real technological machines in their own right, gradually taking us out of the model of simple motor vehicles. It will thus be possible to access more services, available from advanced infotainment systems and to benefit from levels of comfort never before achieved.
These changes are changing the way we think about driving. For example, the advances made in recent years allow drivers to have a wide range of intuitive and very useful options at their disposal, such as their parking application, navigation services, messages or even music streaming directly available in vehicles, making daily experience increasingly even. Drivers no longer have to juggle multiple contact points. Instead, they have access to all the necessary tools directly from the central control of their vehicle. In addition, these innovations will simultaneously help make cars cleaner, more economical and much more efficient to continue the revolution in the automotive sector.
Reinvent the urban experience through technology
Technology in vehicles is not only about convenience, it also helps make cities more pleasant. The fight against pollution in urban areas remains a priority for a large number of territories. Today, 40 million people live in the EU’s 115 largest cities and are exposed to air containing at least one pollutant whose level is above the threshold values defined by the WHO. In addition, children who live near denser roads, where especially heavy vehicles circulate, are twice as likely to suffer from respiratory problems as those who live in less busy streets.
In order to combat the many growing environmental challenges, efforts should be fully focused on new technological innovations. In particular, they make it possible to precisely identify points of traffic jams, to visualize the free parking spaces, to help reduce the level of atmospheric pollution and the unnecessary consumption of fossil fuels, while making the journey faster and more efficient. Alongside these advances, the electrification of transport networks will also help to rethink the use of fuels by limiting the dependence on fossil fuels whose costs are increasingly unstable and which do not help in the fight against pollution.
All these innovations will have a positive impact on reducing the average car journey time. Cities will therefore be less congested and more pleasant to live in.
Motorists looking for a parking space lose a lot of time and often take complicated routes with fuel-guzzling vehicles that contribute more to air pollution.
The use of more ingenious technology in vehicles shows that advancements in the automotive industry are not just embellishing our daily lives, but are a real game-changer in terms of transportation.