Writer and Futurist Arthur C.Clarke once said, ‘This is the first age that’s ever paid much attention to the future, which is a little ironic since we may not have one’. If we don’t end up nuking the place and giving the cockroaches a chance, there are technological trends happening now, alongside high-certainty events predicted by statisticians and futurologists that preempt what the automotive world, therefore Motorsport, will look like by the year 2030.
There are broader sociological dimensions to the projected evolution of the automotive industry than might be expected, with an ageing population and a more decentralised society both serving as factors that operate beyond the realms of the production line or pure technology, yet contribute significantly to the anticipated changes to how we travel, how we enjoy transport, and how competitive racing may shed its current role as an accelerator of innovation for something more raw and entertainment-based.
Here are seven factors that will drastically shape the Automotive industry by 2030:
The implications of these technologies will shape the future of our automotive industry and also Motorsport. With a huge convergence on artificial intelligence and connected technology, cyber security becomes paramount as vehicles become more prone to manipulation. Formula 1 is already at the forefront of cyber security, and this might be something that becomes a key area of research in the future.