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30 Things That Will Disappear From The Auto Industry By 2030

Cameron EittreimAugust 18, 2021

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6: Engine Bays

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.

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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.

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5: Hubcaps

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.

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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.

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4: Backup Cameras

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.

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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.

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3: Sunroofs

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.

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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.

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2: Fog Lights

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.

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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.

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1: Headlight Wipers

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.

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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.

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