1. Continued development of the autonomous vehicle.
What looked like a utopia a few years ago is continuing to attract higher levels of interest and development. The question of safety will of course be one of the major challenges at the heart of this development, while the legal situation of these vehicles will be an issue that different administrations and governments must resolve. In Vrio we are especially attentive to the development of the autonomous vehicle in freight transport and the impact it may have on delivery and last mile projects.
2. More infrastructure for electric vehicles.
An increase in points and charging stations of electric vehicles will be necessary if production and supply continue to grow. Still very much focused on the family and domestic markets, the electric vehicle for goods in transit is also gaining traction as the
infrastructure improves and as batteries of these vehicles increase in reliability and autonomy. Europe will continue to observe how China is spearheading the electrification of its vehicle network.
3. Car and motorcycle sharing will continue to grow.
Through collaborative systems and car-sharing platforms, cities will continue to see an increase in the shared vehicle tendency. The traditional car manufacturing business model and service models such as taxis etc will continue to be tweaked and changed in the coming years. Urban centres will continue to see a drop in private car ownership and models such time-specific rentals will increase.
4. The “connected” vehicle and 5G technology.
5G technology will bring us the reality of having vehicles permanently connected to the network, so that you can access a universe of applications that will improve the safety, reliability and performance of vehicles of all sizes and weights.
In the case of transport fleets, direct communication between vehicles, trains, ferries, GPS systems such as Optimo and those responsible for traffic control will be simpler and more automatic, so that information will flow to attract greater efficientcy in routes, costs and operations.
5. The use of alternative fuels will continue to grow.
Hybrid technologies, whether electricity or gas (CNG or LPG), will continue to increase their market shares. Vehicles that run on nitrogen will be less prevelent given the technology is still in its infancy and infrastructure for these vehicles is largely not available which high installation costs currently associated.
In all, this is our overview of what the major tendencies in 2020 will look like in the mobility world. Be assured that we here in Vrio are constantly looking at how these projects are evolving anticipating your needs to ensure you are kept on the move.