Future of Mobility

Google self driving car

As technological innovations continue to advance and the need to reduce our carbon footprint increases, what lies ahead for the future of mobility? Motoring on Britain’s roads is predicted to dramatically change over the coming decades.

Many factors are driving these changes, some of which include:

  • The climate crisis, notably the high C02 emissions from road transport
  • Access to affordable alternative fuel vehicles
  • Increase in shared mobility through car rentals and car-sharing apps
  • Development of driverless cars

The way we travel will not only change our cars but will also impact petrol stations, garages, public transport, towns and city infrastructures, parking facilities and even our homes. All of these possibilities raise the questions:

  • What do these changes mean for you?
  • How will cars, fuel and towns look in the future?
  • What will cars be made from? Will they be sustainable?
  • Where will you charge your car? What if you live in a high-rise flat?
  • What will happen to batteries when they can’t be recharged?

Transport touches almost every corner of our lives and was listed as one of the highest areas of household spending in 2019. In the same year, transport was the biggest contributor to greenhouse gases in Britain. It continues to be the highest emitting sector in the UK.

By the end of 2020, there were over 31 million cars registered across Britain, including 1.1 million alternative fuel cars. Popularity of alternative fuel vehicles is at an all-time high. In 2020, the British car market saw an 87% increase of alternative fuel cars purchased, while both petrol and diesel registrations faced a sharp decline.

Future transportDriverless vehicles, electric engines, solar energy and flying cars are just a few of the possibilities that could make up the future of mobility, but did you know that most of these ideas aren’t new? In fact, designers and engineers have been exploring many of these concepts since the Nineteenth Century. Some of these designs are showcased across our collections and can be seen in the Museum.

We’ve set up Future of Mobility QR codes located alongside a variety of vehicles in the museum. Visitors can scan the codes to learn more about how these vehicles have been innovators in design, technology, engineering and materials.

The National Motor Museum wants to know what you think the future of mobility looks like so please get in touch and share your thoughts with us.

If you would like a copy of any of our images, please visit our dedicated Motoring Picture Library website