From Autonomous Car Sharing to Autonomous Carpooling: Managing the Simultaneously Shared Third Space

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By James Hodgson | 1Q 2017 | IN-4450


The Simultaneously Shared Third Space


Full vehicle automation will open new paradigms for personal transportation, with shared vehicles serving multiple users, in addition to driving autonomously to users when summoned, and continuing to serve other users after each journey. A further dimension to this car sharing approach is carpooling, in which autonomous vehicles serve more than one user simultaneously, collecting multiple passengers en route who share a similar destination or who have a waypoint destination along the way.

The importance of autonomous carpooling in the new CaaS paradigm can hardly be overstated. During peak times, multiple occupant vehicles represent the only sustainable means of meeting consumer demand. Furthermore, the profitability of rideshare services will depend on high utilization rates, which will, in turn, depend heavily on autonomous carpooling.

A previous ABI Research Insight entitled, “Personalized, Reconfigurable Interiors in Shared Autonomous Vehicles” (IN-4427), analyzed the various hurdles facing OEMs seeking to develop shared autonomous vehicle…

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