For the past decade, extreme advances in technology have been transforming our world and day-today lives. The digital advancements make anything from ordering a quick meal to grabbing a ride somewhere possible. These technological advances have made their way into the automotive industry with full force and are greatly improving our driving and transportation experiences. Check out the top 3 ways technology has changed your driving and riding experience.
The idea of self-driving cars has been in the works for a while now, but the day has finally come when it is actually a reality. Extensive research and testing has been going on for years and now autonomous vehicles are finding their way around roads throughout the world. Perfecting the world of autonomous driving hasn’t been easy; improvements in GPS, high-definition cameras, and data connectivity have been an essential step to making it possible.
Many people could never imagine riding in a car and giving up all control, but eventually it will be the norm. Most manufactured cars in 2018 have assisted driving features like automotive night vision and lane-keep assist, so eventually this “assistance” will evolve into autonomy. Some people still have doubts and reservations about the whole idea, but research has shown that self-driving vehicles will result in less accidents and deaths – it will be a much safer experience overall.
Improved Manufacturing and Maintenance Services
Buying a car isn’t like what it used to be. Improvements in manufacturing procedures and overall quality of the parts used mean you can purchase a safe and comfortable vehicle for a decent price. There is something now called a “smart” factory that actually has robots working alongside humans on an assembly line in order to eliminate human error from the workplace. This method also increases productivity and establishes an efficient workflow. About 75% of the entire car-building process is now automated, vs. 25% in 1990.
Not only have there been improvements in vehicle manufacturing, maintaining your car is easier than ever. Predictive maintenance is common feature in every new car where you as a driver are alerted when your car needs servicing of any kind. It alerts you of a problem before there even is a problem. You’ll be able to know exactly when your tires need air, your engine needs oil, digital software needs updating, and mechanical attention is required.
Mobility as a Service
Advances in services like Uber and Lyft have not only created numerous jobs for people around the world, but also completely changed the transportation industry. These apps are extremely user friendly and just about anyone with a smartphone can access a ride with ease. There are parts of the United States with very poor public transportation (or no public transportation whatsoever), so the idea of not owning a car was foreign to some people. Now there is almost no need for one at all! All you need to do is download an app to your phone and you’re good to go.