Driverless or self-driving cars have been in discussion for many years and we are set to seeing them on our roads soon.
Many companies over the last few years have been researching, developing and testing autonomous vehicles. These tests have already been conducted on public roads. Tesla has been leading the way in developing the technology that will allow self-driving vehicles on our roads soon. The company aims to launch their first model in 2018. However, Elon Musk himself has said that we probably will not be able to have much use of these vehicles as regulatory bodies are not ready for the technology to be part of regular traffic.
There have been some collaborations that have also made huge waves in the development of autonomous vehicles. Uber and Volvo plan to launch a self-drive service in Pittsburgh. The $300 million partnership will have customer hailing a ride with a driverless car.
Other car manufacturers such as BMW and Toyota are aiming for 2020 release dates for the self-driving vehicles.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) connectivity
Very soon, drivers will no longer have to send Voice Notes via Chat Apps or press buttons on maps while driving. Companies like Google and Amazon are clamoring and battling to offer their voice-activated assistants to car manufacturers. Google Assistant or Alexa will soon become a feature in vehicles
Toyota and Ford have already announced a collaboration with Amazon and will feature Alexa in their 2018/2019 models. Drivers will not only be able to search maps they will also be able to activate home connected devices.
Cars in the sky
Almost every science fiction movie out there has featured flying cars. Since the 80’s, flying cars have always been the very characterization of futuristic. Movies like Blade Runner and Back to the Future, have kept the idea of a flying car central in the minds of most developers and innovators.
Those futuristic worlds could well be a reality very soon. Airbus has already invested millions in developing flying cars. The company has stated that the first flying car will be ready in 2018.
Innovations in electrical cars
Hybrid cars have been around for a while but we may see a bigger move to fully battery-powered vehicles by 2020. Emission regulations and environmental concerns have pushed manufacturers to move away from fossil fuel engines and to invest in sustainable solutions.
Due to ever-evolving and fast-moving technologies, battery innovations, government subsidies and inexpensive running costs, a completely plug-in vehicle will become an option for consumers who seriously want to decrease their carbon footprint.
Increase in ride share apps
It is still commonplace for everyone to own their own car. However, ride sharing is gaining ground very quickly. Car ownership could decline considerably before the next decade. Uber has already invested in an autonomous vehicle for pick-ups and drop-offs.