Top 4 automotive trends to watch this year and beyond

Car enthusiasts often like to keep up to date with the latest trends in the automotive world. Whether you’re in the market for a new car or you’d simply like to learn what’s popular, take a look at these top four automotive trends right now.

1 . AUTONOMOUS CARS

Autonomous cars are essentially self-driving vehicles, developed to reduce the need for human input, to transform the world of transportation. The idea is that AV’s can minimize accidents caused by distracted driving or fatigue. They can also (potentially) boost productivity in a variety of industries, (for example logistics and deliveries). Autonomous vehicles are made with advanced tech to avoid collisions. Fully autonomous vehicles are not yet available to purchase for the public, it’s been estimated that they could arrive on the market in 2025.

2. 3D PRINTING

3D printing is used in the automotive field in several ways. First off, 3D printing allows for fast prototyping which speeds up the design process, including the production testing phases. As well as this, 3D printing lets manufacturers print out extra parts for their specific requirements. When 3D printing is used for composite materials, the result is stronger, more durable and lighter automotive parts.

3. ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Electric Vehicles work by using an electric motor as opposed to a traditional combustion engine. These vehicles use a traction battery pack to run an electric motor; they need to be charged at EV stations at fairly regular intervals. EV’s have become increasingly popular as an eco-friendly vehicle alternative. According to Policy Advice, ‘The US sold 328,118 electric cars in 2018,’ and that ‘Californians, in particular, are interested in EVs’. Electric cars have many benefits, including:

  • Less expensive: EV owners can save money as a driver, as these are cheaper to run than petrol or diesel cars.
  • Reduce carbon footprint: When you drive an EV, you’ll be reducing your carbon footprint, as these cars have zero emissions. You can go even greener by using renewable energy when you charge your car.

4. IMPROVED SAFETY

As technology advances swiftly forward, bigger and better safety features keep on being added to vehicles. A few of the best safety features to look out for include:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control: With adaptive cruise control, drivers can set certain speeds and distances from the vehicle in front. When the car reaches the following distance, it slows (automatically) to ensure a safe distance is maintained.
  • Front Crash Prevention: FCP usually includes auto braking, and it helps to detect vehicles and pedestrians in front. The system usually works by providing audible and visual alerts.

The latest Lexus models include the above features plus many more safety additions. For more information, contact your local Lexus Dealership. When you’re choosing a new vehicle, it’s essential to determine your needs before you start your search. Establish your must-haves and your nice to haves, determine your budget and chat to your car dealer about your specific needs.


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