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The future of car ownership

Kwik Fit | Friday 12th April 2019 11:19am

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With the Government aiming to lower emissions by reducing the number of petrol and diesel vehicles on the road, the vehicles of the future could be very different to the ones we drive today. In 2018, the first ‘Zero Emission Vehicle’ summit took place where the vision for all new cars and vans to be emission-free by 2040 was outlined. What will be the impact of this on the vehicles we drive in the future?

Protecting the environment

Moving away from fossil fuel powered cars to electric vehicles should help to slow down damage to the environment from carbon emissions. Based on average mileage, if your vehicle produces 150 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre, you will be emitting 1.5 metric tonnes every year. These vehicles will be replaced by electric cars in the future in an attempt to reduce these emissions. There are already more hybrid and fully electric vehicles on UK roads and this is set to increase.

The cost of driving

With the initial cost of buying a car increasing, many people are opting for lease agreements rather than purchasing the vehicle outright. When you add on the additional costs of running your vehicle such as insurance, tax and vehicle maintenance, the cost of owning a vehicle is high and potentially not worth it for many motorists.In the future, there could be an app where you order a vehicle and it arrives to take you to your destination but you don’t have to pay the costs for maintaining the vehicle.

Smart vehicles

Smart technology and autonomous, self-driving vehicles could become an ‘on demand’ service as we do with our mobile phones. Our cars are not in use 95% of the time so solutions such as car sharing could help to decrease the number of vehicles on the road. These areas are the subject of innovation from key manufacturers in the automotive industry.

One area of innovation that Continental have been working on are on-demand vehicle systems which are intended to transport people wherever they want to go. These CUbE and BEE systems are in the later stages of development with CUbE already being in use in Frankfurt. These innovations aren’t just for personal vehicles but also businesses. For those who drive vehicels for a living or businesses who need to transport goods, these on-deand vehicle solutions could become available in the future for them too. Although some of this technology may seem a long way off, the fact that hybrid and electric cars are becoming more common on our roads shows the pace at which technology can move. Public transport could also be affected by these new developments. The development of buses with reudced emissions is already taking place and there are plans to make the public transport of the future as environmentally friendly as possible.

The future of car technology

The research and development taking place into the cars of the future is changing not only the vehicles of the future but the way we drive and how we interact with our vehicles. Innovations from manufacturers are continuing to innovate and develop future technologies. The automotive area is a subject of constant innovation and change as we look to make driving as environmentally friendly as possible.

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