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The Future Of Automotive

The future of automotive

There’s a revolution going on in car design and it’s called autonomous automotives. What does the future of automotive hold for vehicle design and manufacturing and what skills will you need?

There are 3,000 UK companies involved in the automotive sector, working on everything from plant machinery to luxury cars and there’s a new kid on the horizon…the fully autonomous, self-driving car.

This means that,

the country needs to prepare […] for the factory of the future’ which ‘will require a different set of skills […]’. In factories of the future ‘machining and traditional manufacturing skills will be replaced by advanced programming and machine control skills’.*

There’s no reason to start panicking though, employment in traditional automotive manufacturing is still likely to rise in the medium term. This is about preparing for the future of work in the automotive sector and the new opportunities that it offers.

The development of self-driving vehicles won’t just have an impact on the skills needed in the design and manufacturing process. It is likely to increase the need for the following:

  • Computer science teachers to make sure that young people can be taught the skills.
  • Policy advisers and makers to ensure that decisions are made that are in the interests of the public
  • Philosophical, ethical and psychological experts to advise on any potential issues or difficulties

Disrupting the market

It’s not just traditional vehicle manufacturers that are getting in on the act. Tech companies like Google and passenger transport companies like Uber are joining in too. You could find yourself working for a company like Apple.

  • 1.7 million cars were built in the UK in 2016
  •  2.5 million engines were built in the UK in 2016

Levels of automation

No automation

Driver assistance: lane keep assist, cruise control

Partial automation including super cruise park assist

High automation including highway pilot and self-parking

Full automation where the driver is not expected to control the vehicle at all

* With thanks to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. The full report on The future of UK automotive manufacturing can be accessed here.

About Lynette Daly

Lynette is the publishing editor of Moving On magazine. Moving On is devoted to helping young people make good choices for their future – education, qualifications and careers. Moving On really wants to motivate you! Our articles cover a range of topics to inspire and give ideas. Our magazines are delivered free to all schools, colleges and sixth forms in England and is also available online.

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