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Technology driven trends for 2016

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The automotive sector, like any other, can be classified by its historic eras. Every car enthusiast and professional can recall these eras and the vehicle trends that defined them. Due to the speed of changing technologies, however, the current era may not be as easy to characterise for the historians of the future. Presently, the automotive sector has immense energy and could potentially move in any number of exciting directions.

Today’s vehicles are shifting further away from the traditional analogue technology that could be found in almost every car built throughout the last century, and developments that were seen as revolutionary a decade ago are now the norm when it comes to design and manufacturing.

It may seem difficult to imagine for some, but just a decade ago we could still buy cars that were fitted with cassette players. Electric cars were viewed with disdain and it was unlikely that you would find a turbo feature outside of sports cars. The reality today is very different. Almost every carmaker produces a high tech hybrid model, smaller engines with greater fuel efficiency are in high demand and autonomous cars are fast approaching.

It stands to reason that the automotive industry would take such staggering strides as the last ten years have seen astonishing developments in technology overall. Advancements in design and construction have enabled manufacturers to reduce the weight of vehicles. The introduction of new gadgets and safety features contributed to cars steadily growing heavier over the past two decades, but automakers are now focused on reversing the trend. The 2015 Ford F-150 was 700lbs lighter than its predecessor and many lighter models are planned for 2016.

The turbo trends of the 80s are set to return as automakers have discovered that added forced induction to smaller engines can offer greater power without sacrificing fuel economy. Increased automation is inevitable as BMW’s new flagship has brought us closer to driverless cars than ever before. The Mercedes S-Class features an active parking assist system and advanced cruise control while the BMW’s 7-series enables the car to park itself after the driver has exited. Tesla are expected to reveal their Autopilot System next year which will allow drivers to travel up to 800 miles without touching the controls.

Vehicular design will continue to evolve and it is the established automakers that will be behind the advancements. The demand for the finest people to work within the sector will also continue. We provide a recruitment service that is geared to source the best possible candidates for the available automotive jobs across the entire sector.