The automotive market is far from ignoring that digitization is happening – it’s just moving slowly. Even as the industry still sees major and dramatic shifts in the present, it’s moving forward because the problem of innovation is far too large to ignore for the time being.
It takes a lot of compute power, lots of compute speed, lots of storage capacity and enough processing power to do the calculations for a new car to become a reality. After all, the most innovative changes in computing power take billions of years to happen, while the auto industry is moving faster than ever. That’s why it’s important for car manufacturers to have a solid road map to follow in a bid to remain relevant and competitive.
Automakers made progress in January, with Mazda unveiling a 4.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged V8 engine that will take the first Mazda 6 – which debuted in 1998 – to a claimed 54 mpg on the highway. At 55 mpg, the XC40 will be the fastest compact SUV, and it will also boast the best MPGs – or miles per gallon – in the class at 27 in its diesel form. Both of these are surprises, considering that by 2025, the global forecast is that the average fuel economy of cars and light trucks will be 42.1 mpg. How can you afford to replace an average Mps car?
While Mazda’s engine is an immense surprise, the trends are already lining up for what can be expected in the near future. For example, Volkswagen’s said it is working to meet an ambitious target of boosting fleet fuel economy in four years to between 50 and 75 mpg in the United States by 2025. It will also triple the size of the gasoline engines and triple the battery capacity. Nissan’s said it aims to achieve 30 miles per gallon by 2025. All these factors contribute to autonomous cars and emission-free driving.
The engine boost also means that the average body weight for the new Mazda 6 will drop by 50 pounds by 2025, which translates to improved fuel economy. For the diesel model, it should increase, which will be one way to increase its MPGs. It’s a big move for a company that has long focused on mass market cars like the Mazda 3, Mazda 6 and Mazda CX-5. Since most cars on the road are slightly lighter than these three, any extra weight contributes to driving costs and helps to lower the miles per gallon figure. That’s a concern for carmakers, as it means they will need to get creative with manufacturing techniques and upgrading processes to keep driving costs and operating costs lower.
By 2025, new vehicles and plugin hybrid vehicles will include voice-control technology that controls the wheels, infotainment systems, climate control and other features via smartphone apps, a concept called autonomous driving. The rise of autonomous driving takes data much deeper than just physical data about the vehicle, such as the miles it travels or the speed it travels at, and applies driverless technology to areas like driver safety, sustainability and storage.