What The Future Holds… According to Ford

  Colin Windell

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 13 Jan, 2022



Ford 2022 Trend Report

Led by Ford’s Chief Futurist Sheryl Connelly, the report examines consumer preferences and behaviours across a variety of topics, with special forecasts on the outlook of the ‘Future Of’ ranging from technology and electric vehicles to family and sustainability.

Now here is a truly scary statistic for any petrolhead – 31% of Gen Z and Millennials agree today’s younger generation will not need to learn how to drive! This is just one of the trends and patterns identified in the 10th annual Trend Report released by Ford Motor Company.

Led by Ford’s Chief Futurist Sheryl Connelly, the report examines consumer preferences and behaviours across a variety of topics, with special forecasts on the outlook of the ‘Future Of’ ranging from technology and electric vehicles to family and sustainability. 

Some of the highlights…

The Future of Our Planet

81% of adults globally say climate change makes them worried for their children’s future, with climate change making up 29% of the population’s main worries about the future, followed by 22% who worry about the potential for a virus. 

The Future of Mobility

The trust-value of self-driving vehicles has grown, with 65% of parents saying they’d rather their children ride in self-driving vehicles than with a stranger. Additionally, 31% of Gen Z and Millennials agree that today’s younger generation will not need to learn how to drive.

The Future of Productivity

When asked if different aspects of life will return to normal post-covid, 13% of adults globally say work will never return to normal.

The Future of Knowledge and Information

58% of the population believes that the development of AI will not make higher education less important. 68% believe robots will not replace the majority of human teachers. 

The Future of Identity & Belonging

44% of the population believes that gender assignments will be gone within their lifetime.

The Future of Family

45% of consumers saw their relationships with their family improve because of Covid-19. Additionally, 79% of Gen-Z acknowledge the idea of having/raising children in the future.   


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