What Automobile Technologies Are Fading?

Scientific and technical progress does not stand still. Automakers constantly make changes to vehicles they produce. What automobile technologies should we say “Goodbye” in the near future?

Here is an overview of some automotive options which soon replace the previous technologies.

In trend: keyless entry and engine start

This feature allows drivers to get into the vehicle and start its engine without a key. The function is still imperfect and being constantly improved. However, its convenience is obvious.

Going to the past: ignition key

The ignition key goes to the past. Back in 2008, this technology was standard for 89% of new cars. Now there are only 38% left.


In trend: start-stop system

The start-stop system is designed to automatically shut off and restart a car’s engine by diminishing its idle state duration. The purpose is to save fuel, reduce harmful emissions and noise.

Going to the past: engine without a start-stop system

If in 2008 only 3% of new vehicles had their engines equipped with a start-stop system, then in 2018  there are already 40% of them.

In trend: turbocharged engine

Turbochargers allow automakers to develop more powerful engines without increasing in speed and with improved specific fuel consumption.

Initially, they created urbocharged motors exclusively for ships. Then this technology was adapted for automobiles. Sports cars were the first to receive it.

10 years ago, only 10% of new vehicles were equipped with such units. In 2018, there are 45% of such ones.

Going to the past: aspirated engines

Most experts believe the future belongs to electric motors and turbo ICEs.

In trend: xenon and LED optics

Today almost all are aware of the advantages of xenon and LED lights. The battle is between these two types of lighting which leave halogen headlights behind.

In 2008, only 24% of new cars were equipped with xenon or LED headlights, and in 2018 – already 51%.

Going to the past: halogen headlights

Halogen headlights dominated the market for decades, but new technologies have replaced them.


In trend: repair kit with booster for tire inflation

Nowadays, buying a new car, you can not see a spare wheel in it.  Automakers make vehicles lighter and more economical. After all, a full spare tire, a jack and a wheel wrench weigh a lot.

Now, instead of the spare wheel, the car often comes with a repair kit or just a booster (inflator) for tire inflation.

In 2009, these kits were standard only in 5% of vehicles. This figure is already 23% in 2018.

Going to the past: full-fledged spare tire

Now full-size spare wheels mainly go with pickups and large SUVs. In other vehicles you will find a small spare wheel not for durable use, a repair kit or a run-flat tire.

In trend: digital dashboard

A modern digital panel is the ‘car’s brain’ responsible for plenty of functions. Such a panel is aesthetic, versatile, provides modern comfort.

Going to the past: analog devices and sensors

They are primitive and take up too much space, given that each of these devices performs only one function.

In trend: electromechanical parking brake

Modern vehicles lack a bulky parking brake lever in the cabin. Now in many new cars it is replaced by a small key that transmits a signal to the brake electronically. It is the convenient and efficient option, which also increases the usable space between front seats.

Going to the past: manual parking brake

The manual parking brake is becoming a thing of the past. Thanks to an electronic handbrake, the manufacturers not only increased the usable space between the front seats, but also got rid of the cable-pull mechanism that connected the handbrake in the cabin with the rear-wheel brake mechanisms.

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