Over the past few weeks Uber, Waymo, and General Motors have solidified their commitments to the next-generation of transit, one that involves their autonomous vehicles and services moving people around the city with near effortless ease. While Uber announced the plan purchase of 24,000 Volvo SUVs for the self-driving fleets, GM set a target of 2019 for the launch of a self-driving ride-sharing fleet built on their Chevy Bolt EV platform. View Full Post
Cities Need Autonomous Vehicles Just as Much as Autonomous Vehicles Need Roads to Drive Down Slowly, in the background of our day-to-day lives, cities and their suburban counterparts have been gaining intelligence. Stoplights are timed and monitored by a suite of cameras and sensors; traffic patterns are tracked and analyzed by Watson-like computer systems; GPS-navigation systems communicate to the grid and identify the most efficient route to a destination when taking into account traffic patterns and other transit options; and even parking usage and patterns are analyzed, allowing for rates to be adjusted based on demand. View Full Post
Auto 2.0 Is More Than Just About the Automobile – From Shuttles to Logistics and More The introduction of near autonomous vehicles to public roadways is set to completely revolutionize the way humans and goods navigate cityscapes in the coming years. Although Tesla’s autopilot feature has become the early pioneer, the Detroit Three, Google, Apple, Amazon, Uber, Lyft, and other manufacturers and suppliers are quickly making up ground. View Full Post
The Sharing Economy: Ride Sharing Provides Unique Challenges to Automotive Manufacturers Going Forward A recent study published by AlixPartners estimates that for each car-sharing vehicle on the road, 32 personal vehicle purchases do not occur, which to date has resulted in 500,000 missed vehicle sales for automotive manufacturers. AlixPartners estimates that by 2020, automakers will miss out on an additional 1.2 million vehicle sales as a result of ride sharing systems as they begin to mature nationwide. View Full Post