The future is unpredictable. That much we can agree on, right?
It’s this unpredictability that befuddles even the most certain forecasters. For instance, the drive towards putting more electric vehicles and hybrids on the road has been met with a lackluster response from the car-buying public.
“It seemed like five years they would be such a massive trend,” said Jessica Caldwell, senior analyst at Edmunds. Now, “we’re seeing the decline of that segment.”
In Season 1 of ‘Futurismo,’ we asked you to imagine what the auto industry will look like in a quarter-century. This time around, we’re going to bring things closer to now, and ask: How do we get from here to there?
Any paradigm shift takes some getting used to. In Season 2, we’re going to look at three radically new technologies: green powertrains, self-driving cars, and the rise of car-sharing and ride-hailing, and we’ll explore how the industry can get regular people on board.
In our first episode, we talk to a professor from the London School of Economics on why self-driving cars are not a guaranteed bet, and talk to Automotive News Editor Dave Guilford on how changes in the industry could endanger the soul of the car.