2017 saw a surge in electric vehicles (EVs), an insecurity over autonomous vehicles (AVs), and with large hacking scams data protection becoming a very big deal.

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Electric Vehicles everywhere

Of course EVs will continue to rise after the government pledged to invest a total of £540m into electric cars, including £400m to build more electric car charging points, the government’s intentions are certainly clear.

Although Phillip Hammond announced that tech businesses will be able to test autonomous cars on public roads by 2021, the race is on for corporate and start-ups alike to get their offering road-ready.

So it will be interesting to see how EVs and car sharing schemes will battle it out to see who comes top. It might at the end of the day come down to cost. With running costs increasing, and further cost considerations like Emission Zones and stricter regulations on who can get behind the wheel, the idea of owning a car might not be an option for everyone anymore.

Of course we may see Uber come back and the rise of the car sharing revolution, but it is unlikely to completely take over personal ownership of cars, as people like their own space.

Startups.co.uk identifies some interesting new ways of travelling that will soon appear, without the need to rely on public transport. For example: Founded in April 2016 by former Chiltern Railways commercial director Thomas Ableman, and having raised £2m September 2016, the London-based start-up aims to offer an “anywhere to anywhere, anytime” service. Only running a bus if there is enough demand, and to help keep prices as low as possible, all suggested trips are direct, without detours or drop-offs on the way.

Drone use in parking

If drones are going to be the future police cars, how will this affect parking? There may be opportunities for drones to be used to assist with on-street parking in particular; both in finding spaces to provide real-time data to motorists and in enforcement.

Pressure from connected devices

It is clear that with more connected devices there will be a growing need to provide real-time data.

Everyday devices are becoming more ‘smart’. The Internet of Things (IoT) encompasses products like smart phones and smart watches and voice-enabled personal assistants like Alexa, and all are a major contributing factor in the rapid increase in data. They are constantly gathering data, connecting to other devices and sharing that data – and this won’t miss out parking!

There’s talk of a quarter of a billion cars being hooked up to the Internet by 2020. People are even discussing smart yoga mats that track your Downward Dog!

Assisted transport

We have seen quite a bit of negative press around AVs over the last year. The promise of fully autonomous vehicles has slowed down due to numerous obstacles, I think the latest prediction was that we will see a large increase in AVs on our roads no earlier than 2030. However some automated assistance has continued to grow, such as parking assistance, video recognition, and alerts for leaving the lane. Where will it go next?

The government have been considering remote control parking... yes, this isn’t fake news. Although it seems far-fetched and a bit childish, if this takes off this will significantly require changes to car park structures to provide space for tens of people to get out of their cars and use their phone or device to park their car remotely and safely.

New laws for privacy and security

With the increasing advancement of robotics, technological assistance and other technology, mandatory guidance has already been deeply analysed and rolled out in various aspects of design, and more is being done on the use of these systems. We have the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) coming in May and there is also the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill being discussed which will bring in some safety measures.

No Hyperloop yet

We won’t see Hyperloop yet but perhaps in 2019? As SpaceX confirmed at its second Hyperloop Pod design competition in September 2017 there will be a third design, and it has opened up registration for that test, which is set to run this year. Perhaps the third design will be the one implemented somewhere in the world in 2019/2020, it could start by replacing the Eurostar.


Will these predictions ring true? It is certainly clear that there is an exciting year ahead!

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