Even as some bemoan the ubiquity of weeny little hybrid vehicles on the road, modern innovations within the automobile industry are all for a purpose, and tend to serve all segments of the marketplace. Even though plenty of people do drive Priuses (not that there’s anything wrong with that), many manufacturers are producing some of the most impressive gas guzzlers ever produced. If you’re willing to look, 2016 has produced some incredible muscle cars. And this is just one segment of the car buying public that is having their needs met by today’s car industry.
To take some of today’s headlines at their word, you might imagine a future of roadways where all vehicles are the same, simple pods that cart people around autonomously. It’s true, lots of companies are trying to crack the code of total automobile automation. But it’s not there yet. If you love the freedom of the open road, don’t let these reports frighten you. We’re still far away from this reality.
In the meantime, there is more variety in the auto marketplace than at any other time in history. Lovers of classic vehicles have the resources and communities to rebuild and renew these traditions. New engineers are producing mechanical wonders the likes of which the world has never seen. More car companies are finding ways to provide inexpensive vehicles for the masses, which are reliable and safe. There are mid-grade vehicles build for size, speed, safety, and every combination of these traits. There are even cars for people who don’t want a car: Lyft, Uber, Zipcar, and the like.
Ever since the dawn of the internet, people have been waking up to the diversity all around them. This has had important ramifications for contemporary understandings of race and religion, but the change has been no less jarring for people who love cars. It can sometimes be hard for committed motorheads to sympathize with people who opt for today’s hybrids. But safe, efficient, and clean, these vehicles are an example of a good product for a different set of priorities.
In the same way, modern automobile services are a perfect fit for people who aren’t able to maintain their vehicles with the same skill required of previous generations. Take Roadrunner Mobil tyres for example. As a mobile tyre service, they deliver, fit & balance all brands of new tyres.
Other modern auto services like roadside assistance programs, fast oil change places, or other service-oriented mechanical shops might not be needed by someone who has been living and breathing automobile technology for decades, but these are important services for people without the means or interest to yield high-level car ownership skills. At the end of the day, these services make the world’s roadways safer, and provide independent transportation to a segment of society which didn’t have access to it in previous generations.
At the end of the day, the automobile is changing. But rather than changing in one fixed direction, as with a linear growth pattern, the world of cars is expanding in every direction. The future means more cars for more people. And they’ll reflect the diversity of thought, income, values, and everything else that makes our fast-changing world so interesting to call home.