What the Next 30 Years holds for Automotive Technology

The cars that we are used to seeing in movies are no longer things of science fiction and in the next 30 years, we are likely to see more change in automotive technology than we’ve seen in the last 100 years.

See-through paint… by 2050 your exterior paint will feature nano-sized cameras that will allow you to see though the body panels

Regtransfers, have pulled together some of the best and most likely automotive technology predictions that are expected to become reality in your lifetime in this new interactive graphics.

Did you know that by 2020, we will be able to control our cars with a simple wave of the hand?

The next big tech development likely to invade cars will require only a few simple gestures to control.

From turning on the radio, opening the windows and turning off the engine, hand gestures will be a common way for us to control our car’s functions.

In the same year, it’s also expected that you’ll be able to unlock and even start your car without anything more than just your fingerprint.

Finally, the struggle to find your car keys on a Monday morning will be a thing of the past.

Light detection and ranging systems will allow your car to ‘see’ the world around it in real time by 2021.

No more keys… unlock your car with only your fingerprint


Virtually aware… Light detection and ranging systems will allow the car to see the world around it in real time

This will mean that your car will sense surrounding objects and other cars on the road to extend the driver’s perception of what’s nearby.

Are you sick of sitting in traffic jams on your commute to work and wasting valuable time?

By 2026, a car’s cabin will be configured to change depending on the driving mode — relax, watch a film or catch up on your emails.

Volvo predicts that drivers can gain 26 minutes of free time per commute by switching to a self-driving car.

Fast forward to 2027 and you won’t be visiting your local garage for new car tyres, you’ll be fitting your car with 3D-printed tyres.

Not only do they never go flat, but they also don’t need replacing, when the rubber wears down, your tyre will receive a new, printed layer of rubber.

Drifters will love this feature although the 3D printer would be working overtime to lay down new tyre rubber as the driver lays it down on the track.

By 2050 the exterior paint of your car will incorporate millions of nano-sized cameras linked to a display inside the vehicle.

As a result, you’ll be able to see through the body panels as if they were invisible, which means no blind spots, while also zooming in on distant traffic signs.

Using this interactive future of automotive technology infographic, you can enter your age and find out how old you’ll be when you’ll be driving a self-driving car, using 3D-printed tyres and be able to see straight through your car’s body panels, yep, it’s true.

Autonomous driving… in 2026 you can sit back, relax and watch a film as the car drives for you
Tyre-ific…. Airless, 3D printed tyres won’t go flat and when the rubber wears down the tyre will just print a new layer of rubber
 See-through paint… by 2050 your exterior paint will feature nano-sized cameras that will allow you to see though the body panels
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