Press release

No driving seat, a built-in mattress and digital paint: This is what cars will look like in 2050

Auto Trader reveals its predictions for what cars will look like in 2050

  • The 2050 car is a driverless vehicle in the shape of a smooth pod that can change colour with the tap of an app
  • By 2050, cars will be fully autonomous and cater to recreational activities including sleeping on the go, board games and even yoga
  • Auto Trader’s Car of the Future design and full report, including a timeline of the evolution of the car can be accessed here

Move over flying saucers, Auto Trader has released designs for what it predicts cars will look like in 2050 – and it may just surprise you.

The UK’s largest digital marketplace for new and used cars, Auto Trader, has released concept designs for what it forecasts vehicles will look like 30 years from now – based on the expertise of futurologist Tom Cheesewright, market trends, the rate of technological development and research into consumer demand.

Auto Trader’s 2050 concept car is a fully electric, colour-changing vehicle with space for passengers to make the most of the time they spend in the autonomous vehicle - by relaxing, doing yoga and even sleeping during the commute.

Featuring ‘digital paint’, the car allows passengers to change the colour and style of the car from the tap of an app, depending on their mood, with advances in technology meaning this feature could be widely available as early as the year 2040.

Designed to be a home away from home, passengers can relax and unwind on the built-in mattress in the centre of the spacious cabin – a feature which 24% of motorists said they’d use for catching up on much-needed sleep and a cheeky 13% of men would use for some intimate time with a partner.

Drivers also said they’d like to reclaim their commute time by delving into a good book from the built-in library (22%) or binge-watching their favourite Netflix shows and movies from the large in-built TV screen (19%).

Other popular recreational uses for the spacious design include beating friends and family at board games (16%), getting hair and makeup done en-route to an event (15% of women would do this), and 4% would even practice yoga whilst in transit.

Catering to the 10% of drivers who want cars to be fully voice operated in future, the car welcomes passengers with a friendly AI that helps them set their preferred driving speed and style, whether out for a leisurely Sunday drive or dashing home for dinner.

The 2050 car is fitted with windows that extend right over the roof in one large bubble, offering more head room to allow passengers to freely move around during transit.

It also features 360 degree panoramic views for those wanting to sit back, relax and enjoy an autonomous ride, plus black-out functionality on the windows, which can be activated with a quick tap.

Auto Trader’s Rory Reid comments: “The government’s recent announcement on bringing forward the ban on sales of petrol and diesel cars to 2035 is already influencing what Brits are looking for. Overnight we saw a 165% increase in searches for electric vehicles on Auto Trader. So it’s no surprise that the 2050 car will be fully electric, but it’s fascinating to think what these advancements, including driverless tech, could mean for the actual design of cars and how they could be used.

“The concept of digital paint and the implications this may have for those looking to buy new cars is in keeping with consumer trends and our growing desire for personalisation. People are increasingly using technology to express themselves and this tech would remove the need to wait for a colour of car to come into stock or fork out extra to have a car spray painted a certain colour.”

Futurologist, Tom Cheesewright, adds: “Tomorrow’s car takes you from A to B with minimum fuss and in maximum style. Future technologies will give designers free reign to create more space and comfort, so that we can get on with our lives while an AI takes care of the driving. While our cars won’t be flying any time soon, we can all benefit from cleaner, quieter, safer roads. In just twenty years, the age of the combustion engine will be well and truly over.”

Partnering with the world’s first applied futurist and leading futurology author and speaker, Tom Cheesewright, Auto Trader’s Cars of the Future report combines motor industry forecasting with a survey of 2,142 UK drivers, to build a picture of the future of the car industry 10, 20 and 30 years from now.

Auto Trader is the UK’s largest digital marketplace for new and used cars.

To view Auto Trader’s Car of the Future design and full report, including a timeline of the evolution of the car, please visit this page.

- ENDS-

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

About Auto Trader

Auto Trader Group plc is the UK and Ireland's largest digital automotive marketplace. Auto Trader sits at the heart of the UK's vehicle buying process and its primary activity is to help vehicle retailers compete effectively on the marketplace in order to sell more vehicles, faster. Auto Trader listed on the London Stock Exchange in March 2015 and is now a member of the FTSE 100 Index.

The marketplace brings together the largest and most engaged consumer audience. Auto Trader has over 90% prompted brand awareness and attracts circa 50 million monthly cross platform visits each month, with over 70% of visits coming through mobile devices.

The marketplace also has the largest pool of vehicle sellers (listing around 450,000 cars each day). Around 80% of UK automotive retailers advertise on autotrader.co.uk.

For more information, please visit http://about-us.autotrader.co.uk

It would seem Gen-Z'ers are now flocking to driving as COVID-19 restrictions get stricter. Find out more including insights from @REDDriving https://t.co/phgW2Ese7g #atinsightoftheday #GenZ https://t.co/P6chl5PmcB
Right now our panel of judges are busy reviewing the self-nomination award entries for this year’s Auto Trader Retailer Awards. Who will they decide are this year’s winners? Find out by registering to join the awards live on the 23rd October at 1pm > https://t.co/ZdjzevlJd3 https://t.co/rpobMrn4yf
In this week’s webinar Nathan Coe & @MarshallMotorGp will be discussing: -September's performance -How the job retention scheme might impact the #automotiveindustry -How #cardealers can finish the year strong & reach their year end objectives Register at https://t.co/yfbWqH66RA https://t.co/8rHpHIsSEG
Next week will see the launch of Retailer Performance Masterclasses (RPM) our all new online masterclass hub. Find out all you need to know in our latest blog post from @chrispenny222 > https://t.co/UUmrTQzbKa #RPM #autotrader #masterclass #insights #bestpractices #cardealers https://t.co/CzREOLoLbW
Our latest audience figures show no signs that last week’s Government announcement has impacted buyer demand with over 2 million visits to our site and 20 million minutes being spent on site by buyers looking for their next vehicle each day last week. #atinsightoftheday https://t.co/h0uTNtWuet
We've got something very exciting launching soon... Wednesday 7th October, save the date 👀 #RPM https://t.co/op0RVqngLN
The @KiaUK Sorento is currently the UK’s fastest selling car, taking an average of just 24 days to turn on UK forecourts according to our Fastest Selling Index. #atinsightoftheday #kia #mazda #peugeot #mercedes-benz https://t.co/0amym8KyIK
Join us on Thursday at 10am for our next #webinar to hear our latest #automotiveindustry updates and #insights and to hear from our CEO, Nathan Coe and @MarshallMotorGp Register now >https://t.co/knn3yUlJ3l https://t.co/HaxCu2EFss
Nathan Coe, our CEO, shared an update with our customers today reassuring them that Boris' announcement earlier this week has had no negative impact on consumer demand. Read Nathan's full thoughts on our latest blog post: https://t.co/sx37kiEHBY
Used car prices continue to climb with last week seeing overall used car prices increase by 7.7%, up from 7.4% the week before and the 20th week of consecutive price growth. #atinsightoftheday #usedcar #Pricing #Petrol #diesel #ElectricCars https://t.co/dmR56DmzNf

Auto Trader Group plc
Registered in England (Company number: 09439967)

Auto Trader Limited
Registered in England and Wales (Company number: 03909628)

Registered address:

1 Tony Wilson Place
Manchester
M15 4FN
VAT number: GB 614 8918 20

Keep in touch

We use social media to speak to the UK’s largest car buying audience