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Diversity struggle in the auto industry! 

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The Fast and The Futuristic: Cars will self-diagnose and drive themselves to the garage by 2050 

 

The auto repair centres of the future will have more female workers, use holograms and robotic assistants, but the industry is currently facing a diversity struggle, with just a quarter of Brits (26%) and less than one in five women (19%) considering a job in a car garage. 

 

New research carried out by insurance group Direct Line Group, found that nearly six in 10 (59%) Brits would dismiss the profession is because it doesn’t interest them. Others perceive it as strenuous and labour intensive (17%).

 

It’s also clear from the research that we don’t perceive mechanical engineering as being a diverse profession - 1 in 10 (11%) women think it’s a man’s job. 

 

In a bid to help the industry change lanes and drive awareness of the diverse range of opportunities on offer, the Group has teamed up with leading experts to take a future-forward look at the innovations and improvements which they predict will be a reality by the year 2050. 

 

We can expect to see thing like holograms, and augmented reality technology go from fantasy to reality, with these set to be built into vehicles to enable drivers to fix minor problems at the roadside with assistance from remote professional mechanics. 

 

In addition, cars will continually analyse their own internal elements and will know which locations they will need to visit to have a certain part replaced or even have them instantly printed thanks to the evolution of 3D printers.

 

In fact, with the advent of driverless cars there is distinct possibility that vehicles will be able to drive themselves to a garage and the mechanic can liaise with the owner via a video call. 

 

To help push the car repair industry forward and drive diversity, Direct Line Group is encouraging applications for its graduate scheme to help revolutionise the future of the industry.  

 

We speak to : 

Elizabeth Donnelly - Chief Executive Officer at the Women’s Engineering Society

&

Felicity Harer - Motor Network Technology Specialist at Direct Line Group

 

The top innovations that will be a reality in car body shops by 2050:

 

1. Holographic and augmented reality technology

2. Advanced robotics to assist with manoeuvring and adjustment of vehicles

3. 3D printing of car parts to improve turnaround time for repairs

4. Ultra-connected workshops

5. Hyper clean work areas akin to laboratories

6. Self-diagnosing cars

7. Video communication technology for mechanics to speak with customers

8. Advanced laser welding

9. Space saving car storage 

10. Innovative staff training areas for mechanics to learn as technology evolves

11. Mobile electric charging stations to keep vehicles batteries in peak condition

Let's Talk: Diversity struggle in the Auto industry!

The auto repair centres of the future will have more female workers, use holograms and robotic assistants, but the industry is currently facing a diversity struggle, with just a quarter of Brits (26%) and less than one in five women (19%) considering a job in a car garage.