Direct Line Group reveals the Garage of the Future

Time 9:41 am, April 18, 2019

THE auto repair business is facing recruitment issues with more than a quarter of Brits (26 per cent) and less than one in five women (19 per cent) saying they would consider a job in a car garage.

The research carried out by insurance provider Direct Line Group found that nearly six in 10 (59 per cent) Brits would dismiss the profession as it simply doesn’t interest them.

Others perceive it as strenuous and labour-intensive (17 per cent) and nearly one in 10 women think it’s a ‘man’s job’ (nine per cent).

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

Working with safety researchers Thatcham Research, smart city innovators DG Cities and the Women’s Engineering Society, the insights collated showcase the exciting technology the industry is embracing.

Holograms will no longer just be a fantasy in films like Iron Man and Star Wars, with the technology set to be used to assist mechanics in accurately repairing car problems.

Likewise, according to DG Cities, holographic and augmented reality technology will be built into vehicles to enable drivers to fix minor problems at the roadside with assistance from professional mechanics remotely.

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Dave, production editor on Car Dealer Magazine, is a journalist with more than 30 years' experience in the worlds of newspapers, magazines and public relations.

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