Global trends 2019 – Autonomous ride-sharing
It’s an exciting time in the world of car manufacturing and mobility. Car makers worldwide have been gradually shifting direction to keep up with technological development and emerging consumer sentiment. Many in the automotive supply chain have been racing to develop autonomous driving features to make the drive-less car a future reality. The market size for autonomous driving features is predicted to grow up to 26 billion USD in 2025. It may be that the realization of fully drive-less car is not too far ahead.
We believe that the future of mobility is not to own an autonomous vehicle, but rather we see a movement towards autonomous ride-sharing communities with greater flexibility.
Worldwide car sales continue to slow down (declining by 7.2% from 2017 to 2018), whilst ride-sharing services are gaining in popularity each year with companies such as Uber and Lyft as market leaders. From Uber alone, global gross booking for ride-sharing services reached 14.17 billion USD in 2018. Furthermore, the ride-sharing industry is expected to grow from 15 billion USD in 2014 up to 335 billion USD in 2025. In the not so distant future, fewer people will choose to own a car and more will opt-in for ride-sharing services.
Why is this interesting?
This trend will not only impact auto-makers, but will also force ride-sharing providers such as Uber and Lyft to compete. Competition and profitability will be a tension within the ride-sharing service providers, but predictions are that after the initial development costs, the commercial viability for the ride-sharing service providers is positive.
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