QUT researching cars of the future

Researchers from QUT are investigating the place of vehicles and mobility in the Asia-Pacific Region and how it will change in years to come.

The research will include asking up to 200 experts throughout Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand what vehicle options they forecast will exist 15 years from now, and by asking 6000 residents in those same countries what vehicles they would purchase in the future.

Experts from academia, industry and government will be recruited to answer one of two surveys for the AutoCRC project which was established to develop new technologies in the Australian automotive industry.

The first survey will focus on the most likely vehicle and mobility options that will be offered to consumers in 2030, while the second survey will seek insight into which of these options consumers will prefer.

The QUT team of researchers is led by Professor Simon Washington, Associate Professor Robert Perrons, Professor Lionel Page and Dr Zuduo Zheng.

Professor Perrons, from QUT Business School, said cars, trucks and motorcycles would likely continue to be the mainstays of transportation throughout the Asia-Pacific region into the foreseeable future.

"But many aspects of our world and the global marketplace are changing, so it follows that the vehicles of the future will probably have to change in several important ways too," he said.

"First, advances in technology are constantly opening up new opportunities for improving efficiency and performance.

"Second, increasingly urgent calls to reduce carbon emissions will likely have a growing influence on the vehicle market.

"And third, the world's energy mix will probably undergo significant structural changes as markets and policymakers wrestle with how to deliver energy to an increasing global population with steadily rising living standards."

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