The mobility of the future will be much easier, more flexible and more individual for users. The car will be electrified, autonomous, shared, connected and yearly updated.

And also…
• It will emit less exhaust fumes and noise into its environment because it is electric.
• It will take up less personal time and space because it moves autonomously.
• It will be more accessible because users will not need a driving licence to use it.
• It will be more affordable because it will no longer have to be bought outright but can instead be paid for in small amounts per use.

Let’s take a look at the 5 trends that are changing the automotive industry:

  1. ELECTRIFIED
    It seems that going “emissions-free” will be a global initiative: the idea is that the electricity used to charge the vehicles will come from renewable sources to ensure CO2-neutral mobility.

  2. AUTONOMOUS
    The rapid progress made in areas such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep neural networks make it possible to achieve what until recently seemed utopian – namely the development of autonomous vehicles, which require no human intervention even in complex traffic situations.

  3. SHARED
    For several years, many big cities have offered car-sharing facilities. While these are currently often run as pilot projects or citizen initiatives, sharing concepts will become economically viable with the introduction of autonomous vehicles. It will no longer be necessary to search for a shared vehicle in the surrounding area: instead it will be possible to order vehicles to wherever the user happens to be via a convenient “on demandservice.

  4. CONNECTED
    The fourth dimension is the networking of cars with the outside world. This term actually represents two concepts at once. On the one hand, it applies to Car2Car and Car2X communication, which is the networking of the car with other cars or with the transport infrastructure (such as traffic lights). On the other hand, the term also covers the networking of vehicle occupants with the outside world. In future, they will be able to communicate, work, surf the internet or access multimedia services during the journey.

  5. YEARLY UPDATED
    The development topics of electrified, autonomous, connected and shared will lead to a clear increase in the rate of innovation within the automotive industry. Model cycles of five to eight years, which have always been common in this sector, could soon be a thing of the past. Instead, the range of models will be updated annually in order to integrate the latest hardware and software developments. The short innovation cycles will enter the market primarily through regular upgrades of shared vehicles.

 

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