There are so many stories going around about Elon Musk and his ambitious plans around self-driving cars and renewable energy. But there are also other goals that Musk would like to accomplish. One of these projects Musk is running beside the car industry is the ‘Urban Loop System.’ Based on a recently report from Mashable.com Musk would like to solve the traffic problem with the mass of people using subways as well. Read more
Over the last couple of days one of the biggest technology festival look place in Austin. The South by Southwest (SXSW). Instead of other conferences setting up only an expo the SXSW is more like a family meeting for creatives. Future mobility and artificial intelligence are two central topics at the 2018 South by Southwest this year. More then ever before the technology and the car industry are more as connected to each other. And exactly this was the reason why Mercedes-Benz brought the Concept EQ, the electric SUV of the Future to Austin. The car which should go into production in the near future demonstrates what future mobility might look like. Read more
A very interesting article about “The Future of Automotive Innovation” was recently published by Visual Capitalist with the corresponding infographic created by Evolve ETFs. It underlines the variety of potential market segments for each manufacturer and shows why after years of individual research each car, vehicle and driver are more connected then ever before. Read more
It is one of those iRobot myths coming true probably sooner than we are thinking: Driverless cars. Today, Cisco launched some study results which stated that 57% of respondents got no issues in trusting driverless cars to take over driving control for them. However, not all countries are alike…
The study shows that emerging markets are far more open than others. In Brazil (95%), India (86%) and China (70%) of responding drivers would leave control to technology; Japan (28%) and Germany (37%) coming in at the end of the field. Furthermore, 46% of respondents said they would let their kids in driverless cars.
Apart from that 74% of respondents have no problems if cars were tracking their driving habits as long as they could save on insurance and maintenance cost. For a better driving experience 65% of drivers would also be open to share driving habits, height, weight and entertainment preferences with the car manufacturers, 60% even biometrics data. A clear sign that the driving experience can be improved by the manufacturers, and that clients are longing for it.
The most interesting fact of the study was for me that buyers are becoming more open to leave the car dealer out of the purchase process. It clearly shows that the Mad Men sales process is gone. It gets replaced by interactive kiosks at the car dealer’s place people would want, as long as there is someone you can ask when you got problems with the machines. Even better, 55% would even go through the purchasing process via video chats and digital virtual sessions. Obviously again not in countries like Germany and Japan which are not very open to virtual purchasing processes.
The Cisco study makes clear that the difference in connected car is in the service, not in having Cisco’s latest router. In the end, the next generation of cars should lie in seamless car driving experience that supports car services that help drivers find the right restaurant for their hunger, the appropriate pitstop for their needs, or the next service station before you realize you need it when driving your car.