Let’s have a look at some of the new automotive technology trends you will likely find and perhaps consider during a new vehicle search in 2019.
Electric vehicles are no longer “bleeding-edge” technology. Faster recharging times, longer ranges, and the variety of models to choose from, have made electric a more popular choice. Upcoming will be more integration with charging stations, analytics, Connected Utilities, and Smart Cities, to name a few. All vehicles will experience higher levels of integration, but electric vehicles offer additional opportunities to enhance the driver experience.
Vehicle as a Marketplace
Vehicles become more “connected” every passing year. Connection used to just mean satellite radio and OnStar. Connection technology is not only advancing powertrains and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), Internet of Things (IoT) technology is being applied to interiors and a wide array of connected services including shopping. Soon, from the comfort of your vehicle you will have the ability to access an enormous range of on-demand services such as fuel, parking, food ordering and hotel bookings, just to name a few. Brands will soon be competing for your attention and money with valuable offers and memberships.
Who’s Driving or Half-Driving?
You may remember cult classic movie, The Fifth Element, which featured shuttles to Mars and self-flying taxis. We are not quite there yet but in the not-so-distant future, driverless/autonomous vehicles will be commonly in use. Taxi and shuttle services will likely be the first adopters of this technology, though car manufacturers, mobility service providers and the developers of the technology itself are all pushing fast to be the first to debut autonomous shared transportation.
Semi-autonomous driving has made its debut in consumer-owned vehicles. This feature primarily exists to compensate for human error such as automatic swerving to miss detected obstacles and automatic stop for collision prevention. A notable development in this area has been Cadillac’s Super Cruise system which is able to pilot the vehicle at speeds of 0 to 85 mph without any driver control – look, no hands!
Amazon for Auto Parts
Due to the ever-increasing average vehicle age, the automotive aftermarket continues to thrive and grow; analysts predict it could reach $12 billion this year. Online retail giant, Amazon, continues to move into this market with strategic alliances such as a partnership with Sears Auto Centers to offer installation and balancing for customers purchasing tires on Amazon. Amazon has also partnered with GM and Volvo to offer in-vehicle delivery of packages, and even developing Alexa speakers designed for cars. Same-day delivery services have also been expanded by Amazon allowing DIY customers and commercial operations to receive parts immediately. E-commerce is outgrowing brick-and-mortar in every industry and the automotive parts industry is no exception. Amazon’s entry and success in this market has been favorable due to its expertise in e-commerce. How favorable, remains to be seen.
There’s an App for That
Remember when the latest and greatest was remote ignition? The appeal of an extra cup of coffee and a warm car for your upcoming commute made this common aftermarket mod a hit with many. These days, most new vehicles don’t even require a metal key. Today, not only can you remotely start your vehicle with your smartphone, you can also monitor the surrounding area, honk the horn, control the locks, flash the lights, summon, and even locate your vehicle all from an app on your smartphone. Some higher-end vehicles include these features and more modest models offer them as optional with a small monthly subscription fee.
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