Transportation and Mobility Innovation Everywhere

TEI/IET Mobility Newsletter

Montreal, QC (Sept. 4, 2015) – There is an astounding level of innovation seemingly occurring in all areas of mobility and transportation. This issue of the newsletter makes reference to myriad and wide-ranging topics as the transportation of the future incrementally becomes real.

  • Technology: Volkswagen is developing a new system of robo-parking and EV charging.
  • Positioning for competing in the new mobility ecosystem: Understanding the importance of maps to autonomous vehicle mobility, Uber acquired Bing Maps technology. Audi, BMW and Daimler purchased Nokia’s mapping division, Here, for $3.1 billion US.
  • Ridesharing: A recent study by the Global Business Travel Association revealed that while rental cars and taxis remain the most common forms of ground transportation used on business trips (36% and 24% respectively), ride sharing companies represent 11% of the market, just behind chauffeured transportation (13%).
  • Car sharing: Some interesting statistics were announced over the last month. According to one source, every vehicle that enters the car sharing market full time replaces between 4 and 6 new car sales and delays up to 7 more.
  • Trucking: Trucks of the future could someday cross the continent from Mexico to Canada along the north-south corridor of U.S. Interstate 83 – without the hassles of passports, visas, or even a human hand on the wheel.
  • Insurance: Over the last few weeks, numerous articles and blogs have been written on the insurance industry’s perception of and preparation for the arrival of autonomous vehicles. While some insurers may be sleeping at the wheel, others are planning for the new mobility space. USAA, for example, has led the latest round of funding for Automatic Labs, a connected car technology company.
  • Environment: Recent analyses from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory concluded that the per-mile greenhouse gas emissions of an electric vehicle deployed as a selfdriving, or autonomous taxi in 2030 would be 63 to 82% lower than a projected 2030 hybrid vehicle.
  • Agriculture: Annual shipments of agricultural robots are expected to reach 992,000 by 2024, from 33,000 units in 2015.
  • Government planning: Every week, several pieces are written about the impact of autonomous vehicles on government revenues.
  • Drones: The first US government-approved drone delivery has successfully transported 4.5kg of medical supplies to a rural health clinic.

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