What Does the Future of Cars Look Like?

posted 23 July, 2019 by Jackson Balling
Vehicle 2.0
This week features an event that we’ve been gearing up since the start of the Vehicle 2.0 Podcast: the 2nd Annual Automotive Intelligence Summit!

We first learned about AIS during our second episode with Joe Overby of Auto Remarketing. This Raleigh-based conference is designed to dive into the world of automotive technology with experts, visionaries, and thought leaders. Not only will our CEO, Scot Wingo, be giving a presentation about the status of vehicle ownership in the Vehicle 2.0 world, but we’ll also be doing some podcast recording with some of the speakers and attending guests.
With plenty of Vehicle 2.0 content coming up from AIS both this week and beyond, there’s no better time to get caught up on what the future of cars looks like at the current moment. Fortunately, our friends at Carsurance.com have created a fantastic infographic that dives into each area of the Vehicle 2.0 framework. Let’s break it down, piece by piece!
car tech of near future
As technology continues to evolve, new experiences will arise in each wave of innovation. While we haven’t spoken much about the potential for augmented reality (AR) on the podcast, we’ve already started to see it utilized in the automotive market. GMC’s transparent trailer view, standard with their 2020 trucks, and the navigation screen of the Mercedes-Benz 2020 GLE are changing the way we engage with the world while driving. The future holds the countless possibilities for a wider use of augmented reality in vehicles.
eco-friendly cars
Right now, eco-friendly cars are making small strides to convert drivers away from internal combustion engines (ICEs) in order to reduce pollution. Standard hybrids like the Toyota Prius, which uses a battery and gas engine together for greater fuel efficiency, remain the most popular option currently on the market. Plug-in hybrids have certainly been growing in popularity as they start to offer longer all-electric mileage range. With automakers committing to expanding their lineup with new eco-friendly and electric vehicles in the coming years, the tide is only beginning to turn in this category.
electric cars
Speaking of electric cars, there is plenty of excitement for a mainstream shift as total mileage ranges continue to improve. We recently spoke with Loren McDonald of EVAdoption, who has spent years tracking the growth of the all-electric side of the industry. His website is a go-to resource for anyone interested in the latest sales figures for EVs, as well as informed commentary on news pieces.
self-driving cars, autonomy
One of the most intriguing areas to keep an eye on in the Vehicle 2.0 world is autonomous vehicles. We’ve covered autonomy several times on the podcast, including a conversation with Mark Thomas of Ridecell and most recently on Episode 11. We’ve also spent some time tracking autonomous miles driven by company and exploring the different levels of autonomy, if you’re looking for a quick way to get caught up on the latest trends.
connected cars
It’s crazy just how much the connected car market has grown in the last decade. Over a fifth of all vehicles sold next year are expected to include connected car capabilities, such as music streaming or voice recognition. With features like Ford’s Connected Vehicle Services or 4G LTE wireless internet starting to become more common in newer models, the next decade has the potential to introduce even more impactful features.
future of car ownership
Car ownership is in a fascinating topic right now. While ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft have continued to grow and file IPOs, an overwhelming majority of drivers continue to own vehicles and enjoy the flexibility that comes with leasing or buying. With more people living in bigger cities and new alternatives, such as subscription models and car-sharing, popping up to serve them, the future of car ownership is anything but predictable.
With plenty going on in the automotive industry, it’s important to stay up-to-date with the latest news as it happens. Be sure to stay tuned to our blog and the Vehicle 2.0 Podcast as we cover the Automotive Intelligence Summit and all of the current events in automotive tech!

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Written by Jackson Balling

Jackson was Spiffy’s Content Marketing Manager from January 2019 to July 2022 and freelances for us now. Jackson brought over five years of professional experience in creative copywriting, audio production, and video editing to the Spiffy Marketing team.
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