Most Brits believe that by 2022 all cars will be digital

The number one UK car part search engine has just released its latest research which reveals that most Brits believe that cars will be totally digital within the next decade. After they noticed a sharp rise in the number of parts that need to be reprogrammed by the vehicle’s Engine Control Unit, or ECU, when they have been replace or repaired, the team behind the search engine decided to carry out further investigations and find out how motorists are being affected by it all.

The survey, which conducted, polled 2191 motorists across the UK as part of their research into how the changes which are currently occuring in the motoring industry are affecting drivers.

Respondents were initially asked if they had ever had trouble trying to replace car parts and subsequently found out that they had then had to be reprogrammed via the ECU, to which 49% said that they had.

Those polled were then asked if they thought cars would eventually become completely digital, much like computers, to which 93% of respondents thought that they would. They were then asked when they thought this would happen, to which the majority, 53%, said they thought it would happen within the next ten years.

With the number of car parts that now need to be reprogrammed by the manufacturer’s software (once repaired or replaced) increasing, has looked into the specific parts that this applies to and found that a number of them can no longer be programmed manually. These include the following:

– Door lock controls

– Braking modules

– Lighting controls (with some cars, this even includes fog lights and bulbs)

– Parking sensors

ABS pump

The site also found that key and alarm fobs cannot be reprogrammed at all.

Alex Stephens, Co-founder of, had the following to say about the results:

“We were quite shocked to find out just how many car parts now need to be reprogrammed via the vehicle’s ECU once repaired or replaced. It used to be the case that almost everything could be changed or controlled manually, so it’s hardly surprising to find out that the majority of motorists think that all cars could become digital within the next ten years.”

He continued:

“When you think about how far cars have come over the past twenty to thirty years, it’s certainly very interesting to think about what they could be like in ten years time! Electric and digital seem to be the way things are heading, and it appears that the dealers could be trying to force motorists to return to them for parts by not releasing software to allow the parts to be activated on the vehicle.”