Mitchell International recently published its 2019 First Quarter Industry Trends Report, which highlights the impact of having 5G wirelesses technology, automotive design changes that benefit the environment, and how technology can improve claims outcomes.
Mitchell International’s president and CEO, Alex Sun, gave insight on how vehicles may be impacted by 5G wireless technology.
“5G has significant implications for the entire auto physical damage ecosystem. As the number of sensors in vehicles increases, the data they produce may collect details of collision damage, which in aggregate can help manufacturers improve vehicle designs, and collision repair facilities accomplish proper and safe repairs,” said Sun.
According to the report, 5G is the fifth generation of wireless capabilities and is set to turbocharge communications and the Internet of Things. Mitchell International expects the automotive industry to see improvements that include:
- Connected cars having enhanced capabilities to interact with car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure networks;
- The time required to charge electronic vehicles should be reduced, making them more practical for long-distance driving; and
- The safety and operability of autonomous cars may likewise be significantly improved.
The environment can benefit from the advanced technology by reducing the overall amount of transportation emissions. Ryan Mandell, Mitchell International director of claims performance, stated there is an expected increase in the amount of vehicle models produced that will feature the new technology. The benefits include not only a longer vehicle life expectancy but also an increased interest in creating “zero emissions,” according to Mandell.
The future is leading toward this type of technology, which may change how things are repaired or replaced in your shop.
“5G connectivity will be essential for innovation in vehicles to make the next big leap forward, including managing the charging of electric vehicles and making autonomous ones acceptable and then routine,” said Sun.
To read the full report, click here.