Technology Conversations: Future of Mobility
We provide a list of the latest developments and biggest media conversations around the future of mobility in two main sections — general conversations and auto brands and big tech brands who are weighing in on the topic. For the first section, we list seven different news items and developments. For the second section, we were able to identify nine different news articles. All the developments included in the research have been published in the last three months. For each development or conversation, we included two to three sentences summarizing the key developments. We've done the same for auto brands and big tech brands who are weighing in on the topic.
1. Several companies who are producing passenger drones and traditional flying cars are either getting ready to launch or are finalizing their product to be launched in the next 2 years. Currently most of the companies are focused on electric or hybrid-electric designs with VTOL capabilities.
2. AEROMOBIL is one of the companies ready to launch in 2020, and they just started their testing phase of flying cars. Another company doing the same thing is EHANG which expects to launch their flying car in 2018. E-VOLO's Volocopter also has a launch date by the end of this year.
3. The world's first smart folding mobility scooter has been introduced in January. It is a cross "between a scooter and a beautiful bit of luggage", and is manufactured by RELYNC. The company plans on selling 3,000 units of the product within the first year.
4. The mobility market is estimated to reach the size of $2.4 billion by 2021. The current market is experiencing a 5-10% annual growth rate in sales.
5. UK government is currently working on loosening the legal framework when it comes to testing self-driving vehicles. The government stated that the "British roads are already among the safest in the world and automated vehicles have the potential to make them even safer."
6. A team of researchers recently announced they developed a new laser-based system that can effectively produce images of objects that are hidden around a corner. This is a major development that could allow autonomous vehicles to "see obstacles before they come into the line of sight".
7. The current predictions estimate that by 2035, 80% of people will use robotaxis in cities where they are available. Because of that, urban car ownership will decline by 70%.
AUTO BRANDS WEIGHING IN ON THE TOPIC
1. In January 2018, Mercedes, Toyota and Nissan all presented their self-driving cars in different auto expos. The market is expected to be filled with autonomous cars without traditional controls by 2020.
2. General Motors announced in February that their new Cadillac Super Cruise will include eye-tracking technology, which is a first step towards introducing full sensor-based systems which would allow for a more secure introduction of autonomous cars.
3. Waymo is the self-driving car unit of Google’s parent company, and is currently planning to launch a special robotaxi service by the end of this year. As sensors for automatic vehicles currently cost more than the vehicle itself, robotaxis are a good solution as they will generate revenue.
4. Waymo is also planning on releasing a commercial taxi service in Phoenix in 2018 that will mostly feature fully driverless cars. Other companies such as Uber and Volvo are also investing large sums into driverless cars.
5. General Motors is at the latest stage of manufacturing their daughter company Cruise's driverless car design at scale. The company recently announced the testing should begin later this year.
6. Ford has invested in several projects when it comes to autonomous vehicle technology. Their current plan is to introduce fully driverless technology by 2021.
7. Volkswagen's Audi brand is currently in the lead when it comes to advanced driver assistance technology. Recently Audi announced the innovative Traffic Jam Pilot that enables fully automated driving in traffic jams when the car is going less than 37 miles per hour.
8. BMW developed an alliance with Intel and Fiat Chrysler in order to develop driverless car technology. Today BMW's partially automated driving systems are increasingly more capable and are currently in the testing phase.
9. At the Geneva International Motor Show this month, Goodyear debuted "a unique concept tire that is putting a new spin on sustainable urban mobility. The tire is lined with living moss that allows it to effectively act as an air filter. Goodyear estimates that Oxygene tires could generate nearly 3,000 tons of oxygen and absorb more than 4,000 tons of CO2 per year."
We provide a list of 16 different developments that happened in the last three months regarding the future of mobility.