For the past 19+ years, we have been helping businesses to take full advantage of the digital transformation by delivering robust software solutions. Keeping pace with the newest technologies, we disclose how they change different industries in our blog posts. This time, we will talk about the automotive sector trends: how cars and other vehicles will be used in the future.
Top 5 Automotive Trends
Future mobility will deal with the same tasks as the current one — transporting people and goods from one place to another — but differently. Here are the top 5 global automotive industry trends:
#1 Self-driving and connected cars
It has been a while since self-driving cars appeared but they still remain some kind of futuristic thing. This will continue changing in the upcoming decade and more people will consider autonomous vehicles as an ordinary everyday phenomenon. The same is about connected cars empowered by IoT and communicating with your smart house system and other smart devices you use — the number of everyday users will grow.
Even though automobile brands invest a fortune in the development and implementation of software and hardware to automatize vehicles, the tech industry remains the most interested and involved in pushing mobility towards the smartization.
#2 Sharing vehicles and MaaS
One of the most significant changes we are going to face is rethinking the concept of mobility: now it is more about owning a car or other vehicle but the age of MaaS (mobility as a service) is waiting ahead. What is mobility as a service? It is the opportunity to get wherever you need at any time without the necessity to possess a vehicle (this might remind you of a taxi but with more freedom and comfort). Bike and car-sharing services already exist in many big cities and the tendency is that they will become more and more popular as well as improved.
Such sharing is expected to become a part of the public transportation system so that citizens can combine different kinds of transport to get from A to B with the highest level of comfort. At the same time, it will democratize mobility: those who cannot drive may use self-driving vehicles and driving cars will be affordable for those living on a budget.
#3 Caring for the environment
Paying more attention to ecological problems is a global tendency across all the spheres of life and the automotive industry is not an exception. Brands try to produce more energy-efficient vehicles, scientists search for the most eco-friendly sources of energy, even planes are becoming “greener”. The practice of sharing and MaaS we mentioned above will help to improve the situation — to reduce the number of cars and traffic congestions in the cities as well as the necessity to build new roads, parking lots, and other infrastructure instead of green zones. This also includes the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and other pollution caused by transportation.
#4 Automotizing the logistics industry
The term mobility covers transporting not only people but also goods. That is why the logistics industry will share mobility trends and become more automotive and eco-friendly. Connected and self-driven vehicles allow tracking location and the state of cargo, reducing the number of ‘empty’ rides, analyzing risks and environmental impact, eliminating human mistakes and loses. You can also see our infographic about IoT in logistics to get a better comprehension of how this industry will change in the future.
#5 Reduction of the need for mobility
This point might seem strange at first sight but the future of the automotive industry is influenced a lot by the development and adoption of different technologies. People already use conference calls (including those with video) and chats to discuss working and everyday issues without the necessity to meet face to face. In the near future, one will be able to visit an international conference, doctor’s office, or museum physically staying at home — with the help of VR/AR (virtual reality and augmented reality) technologies. So, there will be an opportunity to avoid transportation to other places in order to get what you need.
The Bottom Line
Remember the first time banking cards and online shops appeared? It took time for them to get adopted by people. But now you will hardly meet someone who has never used them or think they are uncomfortable. The same is going to happen with upgraded and transformed mobility in the future. If you want to ride this wave right now, SCAND is here to help. Contact us to start a new game-changing project together!