While driverless cars are getting a lot of press these days, they may still be a while off when it comes to implementation. There are plenty of new tech options happening right now for drivers looking for the latest in their cars. What can you expect in cars in the coming year when you’re on the market to buy yourself new wheels? Here are some tech trends for the auto industry that will hit in 2019.
More Electric Cars
Electric cars are really starting to pick up in production. Some, like the popular Prius, combine technology for a hybrid approach. Tesla was still leading the market when it comes to purely electric, but that’s changing.
There are quite a few electric cars expected in the 2019 and 2020 model years. They include:
- Audi E-Tron
- Hyundai Kona Electric
- Jaguar I-Pace
- Kia Niro EV
- Nissan Leaf Long Range
- Tesla Model 3
With all of these options available in the next year, buyers will be able to select the car that works best for their specific needs, whether it’s within their city or longer-range trips.
Driverless cars may be still be a couple of years away, there are so many features today that spring from that technology. Many new cars feature brake-assist, blind spot monitoring, back up cameras and alerts.
This trend is only expected to continue since these small integrations are just the tip of the iceberg for developing fully autonomous cars.
The Audi and BMW are launching their traffic jam pilot features. If heavy traffic is going slowly all around you, you can stay somewhat hands off and remain safe and secure. Pilot assist and autopilot will also start being available in Tesla, Mercedes-Benz, and some Nissan models.
If you use Siri, Alexa, or Google Home, you’re already immersed in the world of AI. IBM’s Watson is partnering with the company that owns Audi, BMW, and Daimler and is already respected as a leader in AI for business.
Google, Tesla, Apple, Amazon, and Uber are all working on technology. And while driverless car options are in the future for AI, smart car features will be available sooner than later.
Yearly Model Cycles
In a more interesting trend that will be impacting the auto industry moving forward is the change to yearly model cycles. Currently, cars are introduced and not specifically updated for several years.
Now, to integrate new technology, cars will begin launching their new models annually.
In the past it may have been a few cosmetic updates, but expect the newer models of your car to have more bells and whistles this time next year.
The Future of Car Tech
Of course, these trends are all going to be at our doorsteps within the next year, but automotive innovation has already been working on the vehicles of the future. From connected parking to solar cars, there are a few things that will signal a huge shift in our car buying habits. Even a flying car is currently being developed. Whatever you’re looking for in automotive tech, be sure to take a look at your local car lots for the latest trends in 2019.