The Bridge: Ahh, the car of the future. We probably won’t be in Jetsons territory for a few years yet, but…we’re getting there. In the early 2000s, folks were a little freaked out by the Prius. A few years ago, the Tesla seemed like an alien spacecraft. And tomorrow…well, we might be looking at some unusual designs and features that make the old school look like they came from the stone age.
But will the novelty trend catch? Or will we see a wave of nostalgia like we are now, a longing for manual shift drive and good old fashioned gasoline power?
Gen Z is quick to adopt new technology, but they’re also a thoughtful and poignant generation. They don’t seem as easily wooed as one might expect. So where are we going from here? Hop in, and we’ll take a peek.
We Were Promised Flying Cars 🛸
Okay, so zipping around a few hundred feet off the ground is still out of the question. That’s not stopping a lot of car manufacturers from embracing the futuristic aesthetic. Some car interiors now are looking more like airplane cockpits, complete with alien-looking spheres and dials.
Some are taking the more practical route, like allowing remote workers to plug into their cars for a work-anywhere WFH experience. Let’s not forget the slide-out cookstove available in one new model – meaning your kid will be able to make ramen on the road!
Fasten Your Seatbelts… 🏎️
Our society is awash in green initiatives that are making the EV (electric vehicle) seem like an inevitability rather than an option for the eco-conscious. Sure, charging deserts are a thing now, but they might not be in 20 years.
But what about the members of Gen Z (and their similarly aged generational cousins) that want to experience a car that doesn’t contain a screen? Or a charging port? Or a remote control shutdown?
Old-school vehicles are in high demand now, and it’s no wonder. There are only a finite number of cars manufactured before the dawn of electric doodads, and nostalgia will almost certainly always be “in”. So will Z-llennials be drawn to the classics or to the novelty of newness?
We’ll check back with you when the Prius is considered a classic (*cough* 2027 *cough*).