Automotive Innovation Trends Paving the Way in 2016

Posted by Emily Bailey

Tue, Jan 19, 2016 @ 03:00

Automotive_Innovation_2016.jpgLife is full of phases, stages and changes. Being able to cope with or enhance the current trends either in fashion, society or technology is the fabric of life.

With the continual advancement of how we, on a global perspective, can make daily tasks more efficient or environmentally safer, comes a rapid increase in automotive innovation.

Leaders in the car industry are igniting their engines by way of autonomous driving vehicles that leave behind minimal, if any, carbon footprints. 

A Leader in Autonomous Driving

This is definitely the age of technology with rapid advancements of science and technology coupled with a broader, more comprehensive understanding of how you impact the world around you.

The automotive industry is paving the way for environmentally sound methods and innovating the vehicles that get you from point A to point B. Research and development have sparked a revolution in technology-- especially in automotive innovation.  


TESLA is leading this aforementioned effort for more environmentally conscious vehicles. Other leaders in the industry are also innovating their automobiles to have more autonomous driving functionality while being environmentally conservative.

TESLA is among the first to create a fully battery operated line of vehicles that are semi--autonomous. The goal is to eventually design a vehicle that is fully autonomous and will allow you to enjoy a hands-free drive through town.

Dynamic Duos

Leaders in the automotive industry are partnering with researchers, developers and leaders in the technology industry, such as Google and ride-share services.

Uber & Carnegie Mellon

As you may know, Uber is a ride-share service which is essentially a variation on taxi cab services. They are jumping on the band wagon and designing fully-autonomous vessels that will eventually phase out the need for a human behind the wheel and leave less of a carbon footprint.

Recently, Uber has announced their strategic partnership with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to research and develop vehicle safety and implement autonomous technology in Pittsburgh, PA.

In a recent Uber NEWSROOM Article, Jeff Holden, Uber Chief Product Officer, stated:

“… As a global leader in urban transportation, we have the unique opportunity to invest in leading edge technologies to enable the safe and efficient movement of people and things at giant scale. This collaboration and the creation of the Uber Advanced Technologies Center represent an important investment in building for the long term of Uber.”

Ford & Google

There have been many speculations and stories floating around regarding a joint venture between Ford and Google, and their partnership is still being considered.  Ford Motors has continually tried to stay ahead of the curb and solve problems for drivers.

One of the more recent problems urbanization face are the issues that arise from increased congestion. Ford is looking into engineering autonomous vehicles that would free up the need for a driver behind the wheel.

Christina Rogers stated in a recent Wall Street Journal article that the ideal Ford and Google partnership would look similar to the following:

“Ford would develop software for components, including steering or braking, while Google would provide the autonomous driving software that governs those functions.”

GM & Lyft

In a recent article published by The Wall Street Journal, Douglas MacMillan writes about how GM is partnering with the ride-sharing service, Lyft, Inc., that will leave a lighter carbon footprint by way of fully-autonomous driving.

He continues by saying the following:

“GM said it would work with San Francisco based Lyft to develop a service that could let customers order a car on their Smartphone and have the vehicle appear at their door with no driver required.”

With all these technological advancements and partnerships underway, it is sure to continue sparking creativity and foster ingenuity.

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