Ever since the diesel affair involving German car manufacturers, we have been talking about the future of our mobility. Slowly, it’s becoming clear to everyone: in the future, cars will be powered by electricity and controlled by artificial intelligence. So let’s take a bold look into the future and let our imagination run wild.
The year is 2038..
It’s been more than 20 years since the diesel affair, and in the meantime, people’s mobility has changed fundamentally. by 2038, children will only know about combustion engines from their lessons, because in addition to the compulsory subject of "computer science and coding," there will be a weekly lesson on the history of technology. In 2038, mobility will be electric! However, most people don’t own a car anymore. What was foreshadowed 20 years ago with teilauto, app2drive or drivenow has now become established: car sharing. For many Germans, however, this changeover was not so easy. Many people did not want to give up the status symbol "car. In the past, managers tried to underline their "standing" with a pretentious luxury car. It is no longer possible to think of this today. If you need a car, you can call one up via an app.
Only a few people still own their own car, but even if they do, they no longer drive it themselves; instead, the vehicle is driven by an AI. People behind the wheel: taboo! The government has even recently passed this in a new law. People simply make too many mistakes and are to blame for the majority of accidents. The government promises to reduce traffic accidents by more than 95 percent thanks to the new regulations. 20 years ago, more than 3100 people died each year on german roads. in 2038, there are about 150 of them, and accidents are still mainly caused by people who deliberately overcome sensors that warn the kis in the cars of the danger to themselves.
VW, toyota or jaguar – car brands no longer matter
There are hardly any traditional car brands left. Three major players dominate the market. They all come from asia. These cars are rarely sold to end customers. Rather, large car-sharing companies have the vehicles produced for them. In the end, the customer attaches less and less importance to the brand or the exterior color of the car – which can be changed anyway to blend in as much as possible with the horizon. It’s the inner values that count: should the car take me to work or on a business trip, should it be an office on wheels or even a comfortable sleeper car?. The carsharing app is not only synced with the personal calendar, it is also always double-checked again. A prominent mistake accelerated things: in 2037, the son of british king william, george, wanted to get married. But instead of a specially electrified, AI-controlled old Rolls royce as the wedding car, a calendar app error caused his golf cart to pull up first, and george was delayed by a historic 15 minutes.
The infrastructure has changed
But whether it’s a sedan or a caddy, AI-driven vehicles can master the zipper principle in their sleep. There will no longer be any distance between two road users, and cars will dock with each other on fast roads to save energy. All this is possible because individual cars communicate with each other. They can calculate when to brake and know well in advance whether a car wants to join the queue. Multi-lane roads can therefore be safely dispensed with and traffic is increasingly diverted out of town. This is how the quality of life in cities has increased many times over. There, people move on conveyor belts, self-driving streetways (a further development of the segway) or in AI-controlled wheelchairs. Some nostalgics are on foot or on e-bikes, which humans are still allowed to steer themselves and in which an AI only intervenes when things threaten to get hairy.
2038? This is supposed to be realistic?
Yes, it is. Let’s take a look back 20 years. In 1998, the Internet was still something for nerds. Just eight years online. The first attempts by search engines such as google began. people met in internet cafes and went on the world wide web for ten marks an hour. In the computer club we learned to program with HTML. If you had the privilege of owning your own computer, you usually went online late at night to save a few pennies. Flat rates? They did not exist, but there were minute prices. Mobile Internet was not even a dream. Rather, the discussions arose as to whether this "internet" would become established at all. How the digital world has changed within 20 years! Why shouldn’t we achieve a similar development in terms of e-mobility in the next 20 years??
What is your opinion
Of course, we are in the world of crystal ball readers here. But we have long noticed a certain tendency in which direction our world can develop. With a little imagination, each of us can look into the future. What does your crystal ball say?
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