Five Boldest Automotive Tech Trends to Watch for in 2019
Reaching level 3 automation won’t flood the roads with autonomous vehicles
There are no clear signs that we’ll see driving automation above level 3 among the top automotive trends in 2019. No particular legal frameworks and technical requirements have been developed in the past year. Autonomous cars continue to be vulnerable to cyberattacks. And the driving environment still lacks smart traffic regulation and monitoring.
While major manufacturers including GM, Ford, Honda, Toyota, and Volvo claim that they plan to catch up with the latest technology trends in the automotive industry and launch self-driving cars next year, we won’t be surprised if they don’t. It’s more realistic to suggest that we’ll reach level 4 and 5 autonomy in passenger cars no sooner than the 2030s to 2040s.
Estimated global installed base of cars with self-driving features :
If a miracle does happen and a fully autonomous vehicle hits the roads, these roads won’t be in urban areas. They’ll be somewhere in a geofenced area and for commercial use only. The main reason for this is the high cost. Complex, smart, and autonomous, these vehicles are going to be very expensive for individual use. Manufacturers should probably start with autonomous shuttle buses between airport terminals and buses for picking up passengers from boarding gates and planes.