The year 2016 was a watershed year in autonomous vehicle development. It marked a significant industry transition away from the pursuit of gradually improving semi-autonomy in favor of a renewed push towards fully autonomous and driverless operation. As ABI Research described in previous reports entitled Car Sharing and the New IoE Transportation Service Economy (AN-1954) and Mobility as a Service (AN-2347), this will revolutionize the way in which transport is consumed; enabling users to abandon costly car ownership, and summon driverless vehicles when needed. In recent months, OEMs such as Ford, Tesla, BMW, and Volkswagen demonstrated their understanding of the implications for their established model; setting up new smart mobility sub-brands to manage transition from selling cars to providing the car as a service.
You must be a subscriber to view this ABI Insight.
To find out more about subscribing contact a representative about purchasing options.