The automotive industry is quite literally responsible for keeping us moving. Every day, we get into our vehicles and drive to work. We fly across oceans in giant metal birds. We travel across bodies of water in vessels that float. The automotive industry is solely responsible for giving us the power to travel far distances in short time frames. From the vehicles we drive to work every day, to the construction fleet management services we hire to carry business through efficiently, and even to the planes that soar across the sky, we are immersed in an era that is dominated by the automotive industry.
Digitalisation has revolutionised many industries, and the automotive industry is one of the industries that has felt the effects the most boldly. As one of the most integral industries in the modern world, the automotive industry was somewhat slow to adapt to the digital transformative power. But now, with moves towards electric vehicles as well as significant movements towards self-driving vehicles (the first semi-autonomous vehicles are currently being rolled out in their prototyping phases), that domination has come at just the right time.
With increasingly persistent effects on the planet because of our carbon footprint as a species, innovations like technology’s positive shift in the automotive industry should be not only acknowledged, but openly and vibrantly celebrated. The gravitational shift of entire industries to work towards a stronger, healthier, cleaner future is nothing if not inspiring. We are currently existing in an era of such incredible change, that it literally holds the power to bring the planet to its healthiest point. All that is left to do, is continue to advocate for positive changes.
When the first car was invented, many thought that the innovation was a waste of time, that it would not be long before the vehicle passed on as all sweeping trends do. As time went on, however, and the minds pioneering the movements at the time continued to tinker with the invention, the vehicle proved its value continuously, and today that “sweeping trend” is on the verge of electrifying itself into a more efficient, capable, clean future. And that is the kind of impact that the world needs more of. That is something to be proud of.
Throughout the ages, the automotive industry has produced the very vehicles that drive us to work and back, that take us to events, that take us across the country in search of more beyond the horizon. Without the revolutionary first vehicle, there is no knowing where we would be right now, but one thing is certain: we would be getting there a lot slower.
By the year 2020, the increase in technological advancement and digitalisation in the automotive industry will have exceeded the $82 billion mark, which is an astronomical figure. The investments have been significant – both financially and developmentally – but they have been worth it. And to think, this is only the beginning. The digitalisation and electrification of the automotive industry is set to change the world forever, in all the best ways.