2019 models are starting to roll out now, and more vehicle trends and innovations will be revealed in the coming months, but if you’re wondering what’s on the horizon for the latest and greatest in automobile technology, here are some of the biggest 2019 auto trends manufacturers are aiming to make their mark in with new models.
Self-Driving Cars (Surprise, Surprise)
This is becoming a more and more prevalent reality – which is crazy, considering it feels like only yesterday we were rolling our eyes and saying “Sure, Jetsons,” but it seems that self-driving vehicles are a technology that’s going to stick around, despite some pretty serious bumps in the road. As with most technologies, this one probably has a ways to go until it’s ready for mass availability, but it’s certainly becoming more readily available, and rideshare services like Lyft and Uber have even started utilizing self-driving vehicles in their fleets.
Cleaner lines, sleeker designs, and sexier silhouettes are a star feature in a lot of 2019 models. Of course, all manufacturers have different plans for different vehicles and the main functions of those vehicles, but there’s no denying that the sports car feel is coming back for a lot of vehicles, especially sedans. If you’ve been waiting for that sleek, sexy car of your daydreams, 2019 may be the year for you.
Next Level Inter-Connectivity
From WiFi to Apple CarPlay and Android connectivity, most manufacturers are taking in-vehicle connectivity to the next level. It’s more than basic Bluetooth connectivity now, it’s turning your vehicle into the mini-computer powerhouse that your smartphone is, all accessible from the dashboard. Connected cars are becoming central hubs for traveling workers, or even road tripping families who want to take their entertainment and productivity on the road to the next level.
With automatic braking systems, steering assist, and lane-centering technologies, among other safety features, the future of automobile tech is looking toward keeping drivers safer on the road when the unexpected happens. Which, hopefully, means less need for auto body repair.
This is just a taste of what’s to come, and we’re excited to see the developments, especially in accident prevention and safety features. As tech capabilities increase, a vehicle’s ability to correct when human error or a moment of mental unawareness puts you in a scary situation will increase as well, which is a huge positive. That, alongside convenience features and the progression of self-driving technology, is making the future of automobiles an exciting place to look forward to. What would you like to see happen in automotive tech in 2019 and beyond?