Driving Progression in the Automotive Industry

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The electric future of global, sustainable automotive manufacture.

The electric future of global, sustainable automotive manufacture.

Analysts are predicting that autonomous, electric vehicles may populate Europe and the USA in their tens of millions by 2030. And the expectation is that transport will gradually become an on-demand service.

Connected

What happens when machines talk?

Whether we’re travelling as driver, or passenger, the benefits of connected vehicles are manifold. While driving, increased functionality with features we usually ascribe to our smartphones enable navigation and communication. And as passengers we’re able to work on-the-go, share travel details or enjoy our favourite digital media services.

But connected vehicles also work as a huge source of relevant data which OEMs can analyse to make strategic production decisions.

Autonomous

Your artificially intelligent chauffeur.

Autonomous vehicles rely on cameras to provide images of the road. They also make use of sensors and radars elevating the vehicle’s intelligence to spot nearing obstacles or to maintain a specific speed limit. These robotic vehicles are becoming preferred choice in public transports.

Shared

A network of sustainable transportation.

Public transport is an essential factor in the reduction of inner-city congestion issues. And shared, on-demand vehicles services are a growing trend which is simultaneously tackling congestion and pollution concerns.

Combining these services with the advancements in autonomous vehicle design and IoT, we are likely to see a momentous shift in the way that we think about and use public transportation.

Electric

Significantly reducing carbon footprints.

Although many countries have targeted bans on traditional combustion engines, the biggest hurdle for electrical vehicles is still the availability of charging stations.

But it’s plain to see the push that Automotive OEMs are making for electric vehicles. And, governments across the globe are working to improvement the provision for these access points.

But the electrification of vehicles is not limited to consumer production. Many high-end automotive OEMs are putting their engineers to task. And the result is a slew of impressive electric competition vehicles.

 High-End Electrification

Formula E is more than a mega-popular car racing company.

Placing 6th on LinkedIn’s Top UK Start-ups List, they’re on a mission to boost electric vehicle use and tackle air pollution on a global scale. With some of the biggest names in motorsport having been involved since the beginning.

Jaguar, Nissan, BMW, Audi, DS and Mahindra are all competitors in the global competitive platform which provides a platform to develop and test road-relevant technologies. And the competition acts as a catalyst for manufacturers as they feed that valuable data back into their production vehicles.

TECHNIA partners, Integral Powertrain (IP) have a well-established position within British Motorsport. And recently, the spotlight has shone brightly on their EV projects.

The Volkswagen I.D. R holds records at Pikes Peak, Goodwood Festival of Speed Hill Climb, Nurbergring-Nordschliefe and most recently the Tianmen mountain road to ‘Heaven’s Gate’ in China.

IP will supply Aston Martin’s 1st all electric car, the Rapide E, as well as the first all-electric British hypercar, the Lotus Evija. And the Evija is set to be the world’s most powerful series production road car.

Final Thoughts

The electric future of the Automotive industry finally seems to be coming into dazzling fruition. Each year sees many more, and various, major successes in EV manufacture. So, the question is not if, but how soon the internal combustion engine will be consigned to the annals of automotive history.

But the electrification of vehicles is only one element of a drastic shift in societal attitudes to transportation. As we begin to see IoT technologies becoming deeply interwoven with our transportation infrastructure, we will develop new understandings of the potential cost and energy efficiencies that CASE vehicles present.

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