Brits look to the Garage of the Future in new research

By 2050, automotive workshops will be filled with advanced technology such as 3D printers, holographic and augmented reality systems, laser welding machinery and video communication systems. So says a new report coming out of the UK from insurance provider Direct Line Group. 

The Group carried out research into the British public’s perception of the auto repair business and teamed up with safety researchers Thatcham Research, smart city innovators DG Cities, and the Women’s Engineering Society to look at the changes that may become reality within the industry in the next 30 years.

The research highlighted the perception problems the industry faces in the UK, with nearly a third of Brits (29 per cent) admitting they don’t associate repair garages with engineering, demonstrating a lack of awareness that it is a highly skilled profession.

The research also found that 26 per cent of Brits and less than 19 per cent of women said they would consider a job in a workshop.

In a bid to help drive awareness of the diverse range of opportunities on offer, Direct Line Group and its partners list of high-tech innovations they predict will be a reality in auto repair centres be 2050:

  1. Holographic and augmented reality (AR) technology
  2. Advanced robotics to assist with manoeuvring and adjustment of vehicles
  3. 3D printing of car parts to improve turnaround time for repairs
  4. Ultra-connected workshops
  5. Hyper clean work areas akin to laboratories
  6. Self-diagnosing cars
  7. Video communication technology for mechanics to speak with customers
  8. Advanced laser welding
  9. Space saving car storage
  10. Innovative staff training areas for mechanics to learn as technology evolves
  11. Mobile electric charging stations to keep vehicles batteries in peak condition

Also considered were ultra-connected cars that could mean diagnosing car problems being as easy as the car itself telling the engineer what the issue is – sometimes even before anything has
gone wrong.

Professionals also foresee that driverless cars may even be able to drive themselves to the garage to be checked, meaning people won’t even need to leave their home to get their cars checked. Instead customers will be able to speak with mechanics via video calls.

There are some interesting times ahead.

Source: Motor Trader E-Magazine (May 2019)

13 May 2019

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