Top Automotive Digital Transformation Trends in 2021

Automotive digital transformation is a buzzword now. 

In fact, many automotive executives said their companies had already invested in or were planning to invest in, digital technologies. And there is no reason to believe the industry won’t continue on that path. 

This year, what are the top automotive digital transformation trends you need to know? 

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Top Digital Transformation Trends in Automotive Industry by 2021

The growth of connected cars

In fact, the number of connected cars is expected to grow from 300 million in 2017 to more than 2 billion in 2021. These numbers include vehicles equipped with telematics.

The growth is huge compared with the number of cars that existed just four years ago. Also, many automotive companies have already announced their plans to connect cars to the internet.

The growth of autonomous cars 

You might have heard about many automakers investing in autonomous technologies. In fact, every year, more than 50 automakers invest more than $100 million in this technology. 

Among the companies that have obtained this permit, 21 are located in the US, seven in China, two in the UK, and one each in Israel, France, and Germany. The permit is valid for two years and can be renewed upon request. 

The growth of electric cars 

Connected cars and autonomous cars are not the only trends to watch out for. The growth of electric cars is another trend that you need to know about. 

In fact, many automakers are investing huge sums in this technology. Reports also said that there will be more than 11 million electric vehicles on roads worldwide by 2021. 

However, it’s not just about electric cars. You also need to know about hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Hybrids and electric vehicles will increase from 5 million this year to 12 million by 2021. 

Growth in demand for mobility services 

The growth in demand for mobility services will also be a trend to watch out for. For instance, there will be tremendous growth in ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber. 

Many people are already using these services today. And most experts believe that this trend will continue as time goes on. 

The need for artificial intelligence (AI) systems 

Studies show that AI systems are important to improve the driving experience and safety. 

That being said, it’s not just about autonomous vehicles. You also need to know about AI systems that will be used in other aspects of automobiles. 

For example, AI systems will improve car navigation, predictive maintenance, and navigation. AI systems will also be helpful in the manufacturing process of automobiles.

AI will also improve safety. For instance, it can detect and avoid accidents before they happen. This will help reduce vehicle damage. And it will also reduce road fatalities.

Wrapping Up

In the future, we expect more than 7 billion connected vehicles will exist on the road. 

Moreover, we expect autonomous cars to become popular among consumers. In 2021, more than 20 million autonomous cars will be produced and sold worldwide. 

Lastly, we expect vehicle manufacturers to invest in AI technology. It will help them improve the driving experience and safety of their vehicles. 

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