Power steering was a massive advancement when it was released decades ago, but now the technology is outdated. Regular hydraulic steering decreases the fuel efficiency and relies on the engine to operate. Not to mention that when there is a leak, the entire power steering pump can cease operation and will cost a ton of money to replace.
The hydraulic steering pumps that we have in our vehicles nowadays are a pain to deal with. You won’t have to worry about finding someone to repair the power steering in the future. Most automakers are switching to electric power steering, which is going to be easier to use and maintain.
There was a time when automakers were experimenting with the idea of smart glass. Rearview mirrors can often blind you on a hot summer day, which is where the dimming switch came in. Most automakers have incorporated the technology to control if the mirrors are becoming foggy or clouded.
The need for a dimming switch is minuscule at best, as most drivers never used this feature anyway. As safety technology progresses a lot of these limited-use items are going to be removed from the dashboard. Automakers want to make driving a car as seamless as possible to avoid distracted drivers.
There was a time when the seat adjustment lever on the side of your car seat had to be adjusted by hand. Then by the time that luxury cars became the norm electronic seating adjustment was used more often. Nowadays memory adjustment and automatic seating adjustment are slowly taking over in the automotive industry.
The rapid changes in the automotive industry have made the cheap entry-level car a thing of the past. Traditionally these were the cars that would get a manual seat lever but nowadays there is no such thing as a cheap-to-buy new car.
The “Donut,” as drivers like to call it, is perhaps the most dreaded part of car ownership. You don’t want to be the one who is stuck on the side of the highway changing a tire. Fortunately, automakers are working on a way to eliminate the spare tire altogether. The next generation of cars is going to incorporate run-flat tires.
These advanced tires, while being more expensive, are a much more feasible option for drivers who go the distance. Traditional spare tires also take up additional room in the trunk space, which is now going to be filled by the massive battery. Spare tires will probably be the one thing in our vehicles that drivers don’t miss.
The one thing that separates an electric car from a gasoline-powered car is the engine bay. An electric car just doesn’t have one, and that’s because the electric engines are a lot differently designed. Take the new Ford F-150 Lightning for instance as the front “hood” area is another cargo area similar to the trunk on a sedan.
The same can be said for the Tesla Roadster, which had more than ample storage space. Engine bays are going to be a thing of the past once electric cars take all the way over. GM has already committed to being fully electric in a decade so that time isn’t very far off into the future.
Hubcaps used to be a thing of style that you’d see on certain vehicle makes and models. Unfortunately, as automakers have moved toward alloy wheels and rims, the need for hubcaps just isn’t there anymore. Most vehicles that are coming out nowadays use a much larger wheel in general than the cars of yesteryear.
While a base model car might incorporate a set of hubcaps in the past, nowadays that just isn’t the case. Hubcaps are going away and by 2030 most of us probably won’t even remember them. Cars will be stylized much differently in the future, so you can bet few drivers will miss the hubcap.
While backup cameras are some of the hottest and newest technology in cars right now, by 2030 they’ll be gone. Automotive technology is coming along so far that cars will be able to park themselves. Thus, there won’t be a need for a backup camera anymore because the driver will be parking the car by themselves.
Likewise the there will probably not be any other sort of backup devices on the car any longer either. As it stands backup cameras are still not the best quality visual and retrofitting an older car can be a pain. Most automakers have already done away with the side view camera, and the backup camera will only be next.
The sunroof used to be an option in the car that made the difference if you wanted an open-air feeling. But the new generation of cars is often incorporating a panoramic roof and thus the need for a moon-roof is all but gone. The sunroof would often leak and there were a lot of issues with the quality as cars got older.
Instead of having to replace costly sunroof motors, it is much cheaper to have a panoramic roof. Oftentimes the viewing is much better on a panoramic roof and the open-air feeling is a lot nicer. So the sunroof will very soon fade off into the sunset, and it will be interesting to see how the cars adapt without it.
As automakers experiment with new exterior lighting solutions such as LED bulbs, the need for fog lights will get less and less. As it stands right now the fog lights don’t do all that much for the visuals on the road. Even a bright pair of fog lights don’t seem to increase the visibility by all that much in the long run.
Aside from the boosted exterior looks that a pair of fog lights will provide, there aren’t any real benefits. The future of automotive exterior lighting is definitely going to be LED and the fog lights that we have become accustomed to will disappear and be a thing of the past.
Cars that have headlight wipers are usually high-level luxury vehicles, and you’ll often wonder what use these are. The original intended purpose was for driving through muddy conditions where the mud covers the headlights. For the average city dweller, these wipers are seldomly ever used, especially in dryer climates such as California.
Future vehicles will likely move away from any type of rotary wipers that we are used to seeing. Headlight wipers are already almost obsolete and by 2030 these are going to be a thing of the past. Headlight wipers were always a way to differentiate a luxury-oriented vehicle but nowadays that isn’t needed.