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Interesting Design and Technology Trends for the Automotive Industry in 2023




The automotive industry is constantly changing and evolving with technological as well as socio-economic trends. The manufacturers and visionaries in this sector are constantly devising new ways to elevate the driving experience, minimize expenses and waste, and pioneer the integration of technological advancements into the modern vehicle. Needless to say, the cars of the future are going to look quite different from what we’re used to, but it’s important to note that the future is already beginning to unfold.


From IoT-enabled vehicles and higher connectivity and security, all the way to customization and cosmetic changes such as the recent addition of emojis to Queensland’s license plates, there are many trends that are going to shape the automotive industry in 2023 and beyond. That’s why today we are taking a look at the most interesting design and technology trends that you should be on the lookout for in the following year. Here’s what you need to know.


Tracking technology and higher security

Every year, there are more personal vehicles on the roads than before, which should come as no surprise, particularly in emerging economies where the buying power per capita is increasing. As people around the world continue buying new cars, there is a higher need to address the risks that start to emerge. Personal and vehicle safety are becoming important and pervasive problems in the modern world, and manufacturers are taking note.


As more vehicles start filling the roads, there is a greater risk of theft, accidents and collisions, and other potentially life-threatening scenarios. In 2023, we can expect to see modern cars with advanced security features and electronics that safeguard the vehicle and the passengers, like parking and lane sensors in standard models that used to be reserved for upgraded versions. Likewise, tracking and emergency-response technologies will begin to find their way to stock vehicle options in an attempt to make certain manufacturers more competitive while appealing to the modern consumer group.


CNC machining is one of the top game changers in the industry

Over the past few decades, advances in robotics, manufacturing, and design have led to significant increases in automobile production automation and vehicle design. Metal machining trends will have even more impact on the automotive industry in the predictable future. The automotive industry will engage the CNC technology for more precise manufacturing of auto parts. When it comes to design, CNC machining of materials such as acrylic glass will continue to enable manufacturers to produce interior lighting for cars and CNC will also be used for other interior elements such as dashboard panels. The progress and automation of the machining industry will make an impact on the automotive industry, so we will witness using advanced materials for improved performance. CNC machines will be utilized in the manufacturing of electrical and mechanical components of self-driving cars.


Full interior digitization and advanced features

As we move towards greater and broader digitization in every aspect of our lives, it should come as no surprise that cars are becoming increasingly digitized as well. For example, the automotive industry is working towards mass producing millions of cars in the next ten years that boast a digital cockpit and an array of digital features that enhance the driver’s experience, elevate safety and improve comfort across the board. Digital cockpits already exist, and in 2023 you will be able to find them in an even greater number of vehicles, but for now, select digital features are going to prevail.


Manufacturers are increasingly rolling out vehicles with higher connectivity and high-speed internet access, more accurate navigation systems, as well as IoT sensors and data collectors that will greatly impact the driving environment as a whole. For example, the continuous collection of data will produce real-time information on public transport, environmental problems, parking availability, and more. All of this complements the obvious entertainment features that digital cockpits bring to the table.


The move to higher exterior personalization

Of course, it’s not just the interior that’s getting a technological makeover, nor is every change in the automotive industry geared towards elevating safety and comfort. An important trend that is going to become more present in 2022 and the years to come is exterior personalization. For example, nowadays unique and personalised number plates are becoming more prevalent in countries around the world as the laws are increasingly allowing for car plates to have their distinct “look and feel”.


Aside from such fine but impactful aesthetic improvements, it’s important to note that auto care centres and mechanics are increasingly offering affordable vehicle makeovers. Products like peelable paint and vinyl covers are becoming extremely popular and affordable, and they allow you to customize the exterior of your car quickly while adding another layer of protection to the original paint job.


Self-driving vehicles are the future

We would be remiss not to mention one of the most controversial concepts in the automotive industry in recent years – autonomous vehicles. The concept of the driverless car or a vehicle capable of taking over the driving process while you sit back with a cappuccino in your hand is not a new one, and it’s safe to say that this technology will define the future of the industry.

However, are self-driving cars going to be a viable investment option in 2023 for personal use? Probably not. Self-driving vehicles are extremely expensive, and for all the fancy marketing that would have you believe otherwise, they are still very unreliable. Yes, the automotive industry is hard at work to make the driverless car a reality for people around the world, but don’t expect these vehicles to become affordable or viable in 2023.


Redefining the driver’s experience

Last but not least, it’s important to note that manufacturers are always looking for ways to appeal to the consumer through the prism of health and wellness. From nanotechnology used to create sustainable, allergen-free, self-cleaning interiors, all the way to elevated interior air quality through the implementation of VOC (volatile organic compounds) elimination systems, the driver’s health is becoming a priority for manufacturers around the world.


Along with the aforementioned digital safety and emergency features, we can expect car interiors in 2023 to become a healthier place to be. In the years to come, wellness and consumer health will become an even bigger priority.


Wrapping up

The automotive industry is always evolving, and 2023 is going to be an exciting year for aspiring car owners. Be sure to look for these features and quality-of-life improvements in your new vehicle to take your driving experience to the next level in 2023 and the years to come.


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