Electronics have played a large role in motoring for a long time, with even some of the earliest examples of road cars having them to control lighting and starting up. Of course, though, times have changed a lot since those days, and the way that digital technology is used in cars has changed drastically. Now, there are cars out there which are packed to the teeth with gadgets and gizmos. But what exactly does this mean for the future of driving? It’s hard to envision the roads in ten years time. So, to help you out, this post will be going through some of the ways you can expect your driving experience to change over the next decade.
Most of the cars on the road today still use the same kind of fuel to power them; petrol or diesel. Unfortunately, though, the planet is quickly running out of oil which is used to make these resources. To combat this, a lot of car companies are starting to work on their own electronic alternatives. Along with companies changing, governments have also started to take action in this area. By 2040, combustion engine cars will be banned throughout the EU, making it illegal to buy or sell them. Along with this, with companies like Tesla at the helm, there has been a huge amount of social pressure for people to start using this sort of car.
One of the primary concerns of any car manufacturer has always been safety. Having cars which perform badly in accidents or that make it hard to avoid them in the first place are usually very unpopular. With recent advancements in camera and sensor technology, several companies have already managed to break the boundaries of car safety. With cars which can stop themselves when they detect a collision and some which can even avoid pedestrians, the roads are going to become a lot safer over the next few years. New materials, which are much less likely to hurt pedestrians, have also started to be developed. This sort of change will also make the roads a lot safer.
Technology which can make things safe will also often make them more convenient and easier to use, as the process of making them safer takes most of the work out of your hands. Driverless cars being commonplace on modern roads is just a few years away, with loads of companies working hard to make this sort of tool into a reality. This promises to not only make roads safer but also a lot easier for people to use. It’s only a matter of time before you no longer need a driving school to get on the road, as cars won’t need drivers. With cars driving themselves, roads would also become less congested, making journeys a lot shorter.
The next decade or so is going to change the way that people drive in significant ways. From changes in the fuel we use to new ways for cars to work, this industry has been pushed back into infanthood. This means that it’s likely to take a long time before it matures enough to be used by everyone. The time draws nearer, though.