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Will there be self detailing cars by 2030? Elon Musk, who made the electric car mainstream, says that no one will be driving their own car by 2030. The billionaire is convinced that cars will be able to drive themselves by the end of this decade. But does that mean they will clean themselves too? Will we have self-detailing cars that stay showroom new all the time? Maybe.


The Evolution of the Car

The evolution of the electric car has nearly happened overnight. One year there are no viable electric cars and the next year the highways are clogged with silent, non-polluting people haulers. Now, the big push is to jump to automation by having cars that can drive themselves. It’s too soon to know if Musk’s prediction is true and that none of us will be driving our own cars by the end of the decade. Even if it is true, however, my big question is how will maintaining cars cosmetically change as this type of technology becomes mainstream?

Technology can and already is solving the problem of driving. Tesla vehicles can perform in complete autonomy and other major manufacturers like Cadillac are investing big money and time into autonomous vehicles. Yet keeping a car clean doesn’t really rely on technology. Detailing cars is a big industry specifically because too many of us neglect our cars. Future technologies will introduce ways to deter neglect before it happens.


Detailing Cars Before They Get Dirty

Presently, protective coatings are an afterthought. Ceramic and graphene coatings applied to exterior surfaces of a car provide incredible protection. Self-correcting body wraps eliminate all potential scratches and can even repair scratches when exposed to heat. (Check out Interior surfaces treated with special glazing and surface protectors are difficult to stain. Future cars might have centralized vacuum systems that exists below the seats to suck in larger debris and dust. Variations of floor cleaning robots could roam about the vehicle picking up smaller debris and dust. Windows coated with special polymers would resist dirt and fingerprints.

One consideration is that if cars are truly autonomous by 2030 passengers will be free to eat even more in them. Instead of some popcorn and crumbs we might experience entire turkey legs and dropped bowls of mashed potatoes. Perhaps there will be a need for detailers in the future still.

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