What will cars be like in 2035?

By 2035 expect that 100% of new vehicles and 80% of all total road vehicles will have everything from automated braking and lane departure to fully automated driving at all speeds. Fully automated driving will be standard equipment and mandated by law for all vehicle classes.

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The idea of autonomous vehicles has captured many people’s imagination: They would love to have a digital chauffeur so they could truly multitask as they move about. Hold that thought while you do a web search on the term “driving while sleeping.” Your search will return numerous news articles and even videos. So, it’s understandable that many consumers think that autonomous vehicles (AVs) are already here — and will be everywhere soon. The names of features on current car models don’t help: for example “Autopilot” and “Full Self-Driving Capability,” are, to quote the carmaker’s manual, “…intended for use with a fully attentive driver, who has their hands on the wheel and is prepared to take over at any moment.”Play

Taking nothing away from electric cars, from a capability standpoint heavy-duty pickup trucks are called on to perform a much broader range of tasks (beyond people, grocery, and luggage or golf-club moving) that typically rely on drivetrain performance for optimum effectiveness and efficiency. Of course, gasoline- and diesel-operated engines are tried-and-true performers in these rigs, as are automatic transmissions that now carry as many as ten forward speeds.

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