While the auto industry is undoubtedly looking ahead to driverless cars and automation, drivers are also focusing on the here and now and looking to enhance both their cars and the overall driving experience.
With this in mind, Warranty Direct looks at the car trends set to hit the auto industry next year…
The number of connected cars has increased in recent years but it looks set to rise even more in 2019.
In simple terms, these vehicles use mobile internet technology to control the main car functions remotely via a tablet device, smartphone, computer or smartwatch.
Not only does this enhance the driver’s experience, but it could also reduce accidents and ease traffic.
Vehicle speed and the distance to other vehicles can be adjusted to reflect conditions on the road, marking a major breakthrough that could reach beyond the auto industry.
Electric cars will see a significant growth in 2019, following 2018, which saw a record high in sales. This surge reflects growing consumer interest in both hybrid and electric cars.
With the UK government confirming plans to end the sale of all new conventional petrol and diesel cars, there will be an increase in manufacturers expanding their electric and hybrid roster.
Most motorists will know using your mobile phone behind the wheel is illegal, however, some may not know using your phone for contactless payments at a drive-through could land you in trouble with the law.
Luckily for us, car manufacturers are creating built-in in-car payment systems to combat this issue. Jaguar was the first to introduce this technology, after launching the world’s first in-car payment system in association with Shell.
At the moment, it can only be used when paying for petrol at Shell garages; however, future cashless tech research from Jaguar includes parking and drive-through restaurants.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are set to dominate in 2019, making the apps you use on your smartphone available every time you get behind the wheel.
Not only that, wireless charging is appearing in more and more new cars as the number of smartphone handsets with this capability increases.
Both of these features are designed to boost the driver’s experience, creating seamless and easy-to-use features that will take the stress out of driving.
Buy, finance or rent?
With consumers going crazy for subscription services such as Netflix and Spotify, it looks like the car industry is following suit.
2019 will see a sharp rise in websites looking to disrupt Britain’s car industry, offering customers a chance to rent a car online. Some services will see drivers pay a monthly subscription fee which covers the car and other aspects like insurance and servicing.
If you’re purchasing a used car this year make sure you look into obtaining warranty cover for protection against unexpected mechanical or electrical breakdowns.
Launching ‘new classics’
Motoring experts predict we’ll see revivals of old nameplates, refreshed and redesigned with modern twists and enhanced versions of current vehicles which have historically performed well.
Revamped classics set to be big in the new year include the Audi A3, Peugeot 208, BMW 1 Series, Volkswagen Golf, Vauxhall Corsa, Renault Clio and SEAT Leon.
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