All cars will be autonomous or levitate within 120 years, survey predicts

Written by Ellie

All cars on UK roads will be able to drive themselves in 120 years’ time, according to more than four in five Brits (83 per cent).

Over half (51 per cent) of Brits think cars will be able to levitate by 2138 too, with 23 per cent envisaging cities that resemble those depicted in cyber dystopian sci-fi film Blade Runner.

These are just some of the eyebrow-raising claims made in Goodyear’s ‘Transport of the Future’ survey, which marks 120 years of the company and predicts what lies ahead for the next 12 decades.

In one of the survey’s less fantastical claims, 88 per cent of the survey sample believe all cars will have Wi-Fi.

‘Not so far-fetched’

Goodyear’s marketing director Andy Marfleet doesn’t think the research is too ambitious or outrageous.

“When you consider that horses were one of the most significant means of transportation in 1898, the idea that transport in another 120 years could be reminiscent of that in modern-day science fiction doesn’t feel so far-fetched,” he told Fleet News.

Many predict that public transport will revolutionise cities, with just 17 per cent expecting everyone to still use personal cars.

A quarter think that cities will become pedestrianised, accessible via monorails, while 23 per cent believe that tunnels will allow road-access to cities via electric cars, leaving the ground clear for other methods of transport including bicycles.

More than a quarter (28 per cent) reckon that same-hour deliveries will have been rolled out nationwide within the next 120 years, thanks to drones delivering door-to-door, while a fifth (19 per cent%) envisage self-driving robots operating from a central depot.

“From leasing personal cars and maintaining a retail delivery fleet to the rise of shared mobility and delivery drones, the coming years will completely change the face of fleet management,” added Mr Marfleet.

“It will be fascinating to see where technology takes us.”

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “We’ve come a long way in the past 120 years, who can tell how we’ll get about in 2138?!”

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Posted on 23rd August 2018

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