I Say! Why New Tech Means We’ll Build Cars Downton Abbey-Style in the Future

pygmalion05 —  February 4, 2013 — 2 Comments
Title screen from British TV show Downton Abbey.Credit: Wikipedia.

Title screen from British TV show Downton Abbey.
Credit: Wikipedia.

One of the more interesting ideas we’ve encountered recently as relates to the car of the future.

It may resemble one from the past.

That is, as carmakers were once divided into engine/chassis builders and coachwork companies, they may well find themselves in a similar situation years from now.

According to a writer from Jalopnik, “massive platform simplification by automobile companies, the widespread adoption of full drive-by-wire systems, and the rise of large-scale rapid-prototyping technology” will provide the impetus for the birth of new coachwork enterprises. Or maybe it’s more likely that the big OEs will simply have new coachwork subsidiaries.

Of course, if this were to occur then you may see other automotive-related companies, perhaps even one like Directed or any other number of similarly positioned entities, launching their own cabin specialists with their specific technologies already embedded.

It would revolutionize the aftermarket.

A tantalizing thought!

Read more about the Downton Abbey-style predictions from Jalopnik here.

2 responses to I Say! Why New Tech Means We’ll Build Cars Downton Abbey-Style in the Future

  1. 

    I love the automobiles shown on Downton Abbey. That was an era of comfort, interior cabin size, and lots of style on the exterior. It would be great to have the superb engine of my Lexus 460L with the look and interior room of one of the Downton land yachts.

  2. 

    You’re right, Claudia!!! Pretty good cars were being put together back then!

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