Amid a pandemic stricken year, it can seem challenging to find positivity in much of anything globally. The fear and anxiety of combating a sightless and thoughtless foe generate questions of when things will be normal again. Yet amidst all the turmoil, there remains plenty of reason to look to 2021 with excitement and positivity. This positivity is spearheaded by the bold leaps many tech companies expect to take over the next year. The technological advancements spread across many fields and already started with the launching of the Chang’e-5 Rocket. Here are two industries with advancements you can look forward to in the coming year.
The most exciting news is the rapid development of several vaccines for the novel Coronavirus. The notion of developing a vaccine even with pre-existing research in such an accelerated timeline seemed far-fetched at best. Yet, AstraZeneca, Jannsen, Moderna, Novavax, and Pfizer all have produced various vaccines, all of which have reached phase three clinical trials. Pfizer seems to be the first to be ready to roll out a vaccine. While it may be months still before nations or the globe returns to a normal state, it’s still an incredible achievement resolving the covid-19 pandemic with such swift and relentless determination.
Another significant potential advancement coming is a viable, utterly reversible mode of male birth control. A company called Contraline has claimed to develop a method of male birth control that would not require surgery. Contraline has received publicity before, and like most medical products, it has taken some time to perfect. Luckily with Contraline announcing $2.2 million raised for funding in April, they plan to deliver their market-changing product by 2021.
Self-driving cars remain the most tricky obstacle left for this industry to tackle. While plenty of additions to vehicles like lane assist and self-parking advanced in recent years, the actual capacity to develop AI that autonomously drives safely still seems like a far reach for most tech-related car companies. And yet, Lyft says otherwise. Lyft believes that “Autonomous vehicle fleets will quickly become widespread and will account for the majority of Lyft rides within five years,” which is astonishing considering most predictions for self-driving cars project around 2035. Lyft believes their process will begin in 2021 with their introduction of level 5 and their self-driving team. Should they deliver such a promise, Lyft poses itself to become the predominant force in the rideshare industry.
Electric cars will also continue to grow in 2021, projected to make roughly 9% of all care sales in Europe and The United States of America. While luxury brands like Tesla remain the most ostentatious of known electric motor vehicles, many traditional companies are banking on developments in their electric cars to target a more modest consumer. Volvo will be launching five new electric vehicles this year while simultaneously attempting to produce an autonomous vehicle by the end of 2021. In short, car companies are doing everything possible to remain competitive in the market of moving people.