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5 ways cars will change over the next 5 years

DXC Technology has outlined five automotive trends that will reshape peoples’ relationship with cars over the next five years:

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Tomorrow’s cars will be software-defined vehicles (SDVs), with features and functions controlled by software. Matthias Bauhammer, Global Lead, Robotic Drive Offering at DXC Technology, said, “SDVs will be known more for their user experience than their physical attributes. Software will create a direct connection between the car manufacturer and the customer, enabling platform-driven auto businesses that seamlessly deliver personalized services via vehicles.”

Your car will renew itself and offer on-demand upgrades

With cars becoming increasingly software-defined and connected to the internet, their ability to self-heal, self-renew, and self-refresh will grow. Karsten Hoffmeister, Head of Autonomous Drive at Luxoft (the design, data and development arm of DXC Technology) stated, “Our phone’s software is regularly updated, adding new features and security patches to make our devices more useful. The car may not be as dynamic and interactive as our phone yet, but it is clear that we are seeing a similar evolution.”

For Generation Z, owning a car may be a thing of the past

How we live and work is changing, with hybrid working reducing the need for daily car commuting. Younger people may want the convenience of a car but not the traditional ownership model, which is expensive, high-responsibility and inflexible. SDVs are well suited to subscription-based, car-sharing, or peer-to-peer rental services.

Your car will arrange an appointment with a garage before you know you have a problem

As part of the Internet of Things (IoT), connectivity built into cars will be used to transmit real-time vehicle diagnostics for sophisticated predictive maintenance schedules. John Makin, Automotive Strategist at Luxoft, said, “Feedback from advanced analytics powered by artificial intelligence (AI) will enable the car to flag imminent issues to the garage, dealership, or manufacturer. This will lift some of the responsibility from the driver to spot car maintenance issues while enhancing road safety.”

Your future electric vehicle may be fueled by hydrogen

The trend towards hydrogen fuel cell technology is expected to grow, offering an alternative to battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs). The infrastructure for hydrogen fuel is still developing, but the technology offers several advantages over EVs, including faster refueling times and longer driving ranges.

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