Getting the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth is not so easy these days. It used to be so simple, all we had to deal with was the odd chain letter, hoax email or unsubstantiated tabloid drivel. Today we have social media, fake news, biased media outlets, international PR companies spreading questionable stories and so on. It can drive you crazy.
It is no different in the automotive industry, where there is so much hype going on that anyone would think we will wake up tomorrow to a world full of autonomous trucks and flying cars. We won’t. In fact we are nowhere near it.
Various social media channels and even media outlets are abuzz with the notion that this is all right on our doorstep. There are reports that Uber will have flying cars by 2020. It won’t. We will all be in autonomous cars by 2020. We won’t. In fact, we won’t even all be in electric cars by 2025. Some will, but think about it. There are around 1.4 billion cars on the world’s roads today. Last year 88.1 million cars were sold, so if every single car sold was electric, it would still take nearly 16 years, until 2033 to replace all of them. And again, that is if every car sold is electric.