4G and 5G mobile data are likely to be the biggest change for the car repair industry. With modern cars being more “connected,” it will be easier than ever for the control software to send diagnostic information, fault codes, and sensor readings to the relevant service centers ahead of time.
This technology is already in place to some level, but I can see it becoming more powerful and used by the manufacturers to streamline the repair process.
[Suppose] a sensor detects oil contamination, for example. [In that case], the car will be able to use GPS to determine a local repair center and 4G or 5G mobile data to send the diagnostics information. [This will help them] arrange a slot with an engineer, ensure they have the required oils, filters, and parts, and get the car back to full health with minimum fuss.
This could extend to crash repairs, using airbag sensors, shock sensors, accelerometers, and even built-in cameras to estimate how much bodywork repair might be required. And potentially even fast alerting to the emergency services for cases where extreme incidents have been detected.