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The Future of Mobility – Shared or Autonomous?

May 23, 2017

What does the future of not just shared mobility, but mobility as a whole, look like? We had a discussion with our Founder, Sandra Phillips, to gather her thoughts on the subject – with input on how autonomous vehicles will work technically. View the video below, and read on to gather the rest of our future of mobility summary from a recent report entitled “Report: Electric and driverless vehicles won’t cut it without shared mobility.

The 3 Components of Future Mobility

autonomous vehicles

Spoken on by our Founder, autonomous vehicles are a large part of shaping the future of mobility. However, because of the high cost of autonomous vehicles, personal ownership will be unlikely, which brings us to the sharing of autonomous vehicles in networks that can predict mobility patterns based on stored data.

“Autonomous vehicle networks need to learn travel patterns from data to be efficient. Shared mobility networks currently collect the data that AV networks need in the future.” –Sandra Phillips, Founder of movmi.

electric vehicles

Purely electric vehicles are already on the rise, typically in the form of luxury vehicles from BMW’s i3 to Tesla, but the future will involve a lot more of this – especially when cities begin restricting the amount of allowable vehicles emissions. Whether the viability of owning a personal EV will increase is dependent upon many factors, and most likely, the use of EV’s will heavily rely on the third component: sharing.

shared mobility

Not surprisingly, the report determined that shared mobility is the third and perhaps the most critical piece of creating the future of mobility, moving global transportation to saving energy and emissions, decongesting highways, opening up parking spaces for other uses, decreasing transportation costs, and improving walkability and livability of cities. Shared mobility is the piece of the mobility of the future that makes autonomous and electric vehicles more viable – because of the high cost of personal ownership.

“When it comes to cars, what we learned early in life still holds true — sharing makes everything better. All the futuristic automotive technology being developed could make our cities more livable and the air more breathable — but only if we take sharing seriously.” –Lewis Fulton, a co-director at the Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways, or STEPS, program of the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies.

FUTURE MOBILITY PROJECTIONS

By 2050, these three components of transportation system could:

  • Reduce the amount of vehicles and carbon dioxide emissions by 50% or more globally
  • Cut global energy use from urban passenger transportation by more than 70%
  • Cut the costs of vehicles, infrastructure and transportation system operations by more than 40%

Another important piece to note: electrified automation (without the third and most important component of vehicle sharing) could save significant energy and emissions as well, but only if the world’s electricity production is decarbonized by 2050.

We look forward to watching the incredible future of mobility unfold, which surely involves a heavy investment in the shared mobility sector. Do you have questions? Contact us here.

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