If you’re a real motoring enthusiast and the gleaming, mean machine in your driveway is essentially life affirming and indispensable, the future may not be entirely to your liking. We’ve already been given a glimpse of the future of driverless cars and manufacturers moving away from fossil fuel guzzling motors to electric ones. Added to this is the rise in cheap rate taxi services such as Uber, something that is beginning to have a disruptive influence on how we get around and about.
What may be more worrying for your average high-performance car lover is the potential end of car ownership itself. Or the fact that you may well own a car but share it out to other people. You might simply decide not to have a car at all but hire one for a low cost as and when you need it.
According to one piece of research, the sharing economy is beginning to take hold big time and it’s almost certainly impacting on areas like car ownership. Before you bury your head in your hands, however, it may not be as bad as you think.
A number of businesses are already looking at ways to make vehicle subscriptions a thing. In essence, this will mean that you pay a certain amount to have your car of choice at various times in the day. You could realistically opt to drive different cars depending on your mood or needs – give yourself a treat, for example, with a high-end Porsche or even a Lamborghini when you want to impress those clients or your latest date. Alternatively, if you suddenly need to give a bunch of other people a lift, or want to go on holiday with the family, you can just as easily switch to a more practical SUV.
Some experts believe that this will start happening sooner rather than later. It’s probably going to hit congested city areas first because it will be easier to set up there and take up will be more certain. You may also find a mix of different car subscriptions, many of which are likely to be autonomous, and which you can pick up at various stations around the city.
People who do decide to buy a car and own it themselves will also have options to hire it out when they are not using it. That could provide you with a much needed added income and prompt you to buy several cars and hire them out a little like an automotive landlord.
Elon Musk has already said he is thinking about getting Tesla car owners together to operate some sort of share scheme – think Airbnb but with cars and you won’t be too far off the mark. The truth is that your car will not be just a possession anymore but an asset that you can leverage to put money in your bank account.
Look at it this way: Car sharing may well enable you to buy a much more expensive model such as a top of the range sports because you can hire it out to cover the extra payments.
There’s no doubt that the world of motoring is changing in new and interesting ways. What you’ll always need to do, of course, is protect your vehicle from the elements and keep it in pristine condition. Investing in the ultra-chic AirShroud is one brilliant solution. It fits neatly into your boot and can be pulled out over your car when you park it up for the night.