Our Corporate carsharing blog

06
Sep

Carsharing, bicycles, ride-hailing: is this the end of the private car?

Each generation has very specific behaviours and value systems. Millenials, due to the advent of the internet as well as the current economic climate, are deeply reinventing current consumption patterns. The way they buy and sell products as well as services are pushing companies to search for new and innovative business strategies in order to reach this clientele.


Among them, the automotive industry is especially affected: according to a survey conducted in 2013 by Goldman Sachs with its interns, 30% of millenials do not wish to purchase a car in the future. 25% said that they will only buy one if they feel like there is a real need for it, otherwise they don’t mind using alternatives to travel, such as public transport, carpooling or carsharing.

For Jeremy Rifkfin, author of The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The internet of things, the collaborative commons, and the eclipse of capitalism, in « 25 years from now, car sharing will be the norm, and car ownership an anomaly. » That prediction is already confirmed by the cultural shift between ownership and access to mobility services, that doesn’t imply as much responsabilities and cost as an individual vehicle.


Sharing instead of owning: a new kind of freedom?


According to a report by Boston Consulting Group, one-quarter of miles driven in the U.S by 2030 will be through shared and/or autonomous vehicles. Companies are already experimenting new businesses models to attract customers. One idea particularly appealing is the possibility to allow subscribers of a carsharing service to use different types of vehicles depending on their current needs –from a convertible car to plan a romantic weekend to a minivan when travelling with all your family.

In the United States it announces quite a change, the car culture being part of the country’s history. For decades, American cars have been linked to a sense of freedom, independence and style for their users. But being able to use a shared car whenever you want instead of owning one, or use ride-hailing services any time you need to go somewhere might be the new « freedom » car ownership once promised. On-demand services, with the rise of hyperconnectivity and mobile applications, are more than ever on the rise, especially among millenials.

But it seems to be only the beginning of a new entirely “customizable” era for the mobility market, as car manufactors aim to provide immersive and personal experiences to customers. Among them, Tesla is particularly ahead of the game, with several innovations that will make car sharing more easier and enjoyable to use. The one that interests us the most is the idea advanced by Elon Musk to connect every Tesla so that they can adjust automatically to a specific driver needs. You won’t have to worry anymore about adjusting your seat, your mirrors or to battle during 10 minutes with the GPS to enter your destination: the car will be ready to go! A real advantage for car sharing, as many people use the same vehicle- and yes, they don’t all listen to the same tasteful music as you do!

This sort of services could be decisive to convince new customers to turn to carsharing rather than using their own car, by making them feel that they are the “true” owner of the shared vehicle and listening carefully to their feedbacks in order to adapt.

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29
Aug

Commuting: an overlooked stress factor for employees

As cities grow bigger and roads become even more congested, it is time to apprehend commuting as a real stress factor for employees. Long commutes performed every single day can indeed have a negative impact on the employee’s productivity by causing tiredness and a lack of motivation.


Recent studies show that traffics are not getting better: a poll made by Car Parts 4 Less in the UK demonstrated that half of UK workers (51%) spend an hour or even more each day travelling from and to work. At this rate, the eight hour work day becomes rather a myth than reality for most of commuters.


Promoting alternative ways of commuting


But let’s not dwell! Employers can be a real force of change, by informing their workforce of the many commuting options available to them, apart from the use of an individual vehicle. A map showing the most convenient transit options nearby (bus stops, train stations, carsharing and bicycle-sharing stations…) can be a very simple yet effective tool. The company also has the possibility to conduct a survey in order to better understand commuting habits and therefore offer the most suitable solutions.

Small financial incentives can also be quite efficient. Employers can propose corporate bike-share or carsharing memberships to help make commutes less exhausting for the employees.

Commuting bicycles

This kind of initiatives represents a fondamental part of the corporate social responsability (CSR). It perfectly responds to the triple bottom line used to evaluate CSR: People, planet and profit. People, by improving well being at work; Planet by inciting employees to turn to more sustainable ways of travelling; and at last Profit, by saving money on fleet and commuting budgets, both for the company and the employees.


Fed up with congestion, he swims to work everyday


Some people found even more imaginative ways to commute to work. It is the case of Benjamin David, an inhabitant of Munich in Germany. Stressed out by the congestion along the Isar River, even when he was on foot or on his bicycle, David decided to take a less… dry path.

For some time now, he’s been swimming two kilometres to work everyday, whether it’s summer or winter. The trip usually takes him 15 to 25 minutes depending on the current and if he just decides to relax and float his way to work. Benjamin explained to the BBC that this morning routine has helped him relieve his stress levels, while he just enjoys the view of the historic buildings on both sides of the river. Some courageous swimmers have joined him in this very unique way of commuting, creating a small community that always surprises passersby.

Not willing to go for a swim? Discover our corporate carsharing solution to improve the way your employees and partners travel during work hours and even during weekends!

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21
Jul

The high cost of free parking on our cities

Based on the book written in 2005 by Donald Shoup, a research professor of urban planning at UCLA, the last educational video of Vox in association with Mobility Lab explores the consequences of the free parking requirements on our cities. After 60 years of urbanism revolving around the car, could we be able to rethink the policies and the purpose of underused parking lots?


To give an idea of the extent of parking spaces in America, two numbers often come to mind: they are 8 parking spots for every single car, covering as much as 30 percent of the cities. To sum up, parking lots across the country take about as much space as the state of West Virginia. As new kind of mobilities become more and more popular, such as car sharing, carpooling or bicycling, the need for parking requirements to change has become an important issue.

Expensive for cities and inhabitants, but also harmful to construction projects by being very restrictive, parkings still pretty much define the cities we live in. This video gives us some comprehension keys to apprehend this phenomenon and make a change.

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17
Jul

2050: Welcome to the era of Passenger Economy and autonomous vehicles

With its new report conducted with Strategy Analytics and published in June, Intel brings us to 2050 where pilotless vehicles are now deeply involved in our societies. What changes could this new mobility induce? Could this « Passenger Economy » redefine everything we know about the automotive market? By building use cases and advancing numbers, this forecast aims to enable business decision makers to better understand the opportunities but also the issues at stake in order to develop efficient change strategies and take part to this autonomous revolution. 


In this report, Intel engaged Strategy Analytics to predict the economic impact of the Passenger Economy once fully autonomous vehicles are available for mass market in 2035 and by 2050 represent almost 50 percent of all vehicles sold worldwide.

Bosch – Driver assistance systems

A real change of paradigm will occur: mobility won’t be about driving but to be driven, converting drivers to passengers. It is of course about the economic value generated by the use of pilotless vehicles but also the societal impact of it. It will be a really long road for companies and cars manufacturers to convince of the autonomous vehicles’ safety, as a large part of consumers are still quite skeptical about it. But it in the end, it could mean significant savings for users as well as a new way of living and commuting, especially in urban areas.


The road to the passenger economy


For Intel and Strategy Analytics the passenger economy will be the result of market trends that are already emerging.

  • Mobile connectedness: Most of consumers, from every demographic and geographic backgrounds, own  connected devices and automobiles. This hyperconnectivity blurs the limits between work and personal life, as social networking became the primary form of human interaction.
  • Urbanization: Nearly two-thids of the global population will live in urban environements by 2050: the question of mobility and commuting will be at the heart of tomorrow’s preoccupations for local authorities and urban planners.
  • Vehicle sharing and rise of mobility as service: As ride-hailing and carsharing are on the rise, the next step will be the creation of third-party transportation services exclusively based on autonomous vehicles. This will represent the main door to the B2C Passenger Economy, as more and more consumers are already attracted by shared and connected mobility.
  • Regulation: Traffic congestion, pollution and road safety are issues as important in emerging as in mature markets, being costly, dangerous and harmful to productivity. Thus, new regulations are applied to offer a more secure way to travel and pave the way for future ones, dedicated to the circulation of autonomous vehicles.

The value of the Passenger Economy 


The Passenger Economy could represent as much as a global US$7 trillion opportunity in 2050! This wide use of fully autonomous vehicles will generate substantial consumer revenues (55%) and business revenues (43%) by impacting a large range of activities, from customized mobility services to logistics or automated package delivery.

 

From the consumers point of view, it will be a deep disruption of the car ownership and personal mobility model. But when we know that the average car sits idle 92% of the time, the rise of networked and highly personalized services will appear as a logical alternative by answering to any on-demand mobility needs. Consequently, the revenues made by applications and services will represent US$203 billions. In addition, it will help cutting public safety cost due to traffic accidents by 234 billion from 2035-2045.

As for businesses such as transportation companies, autonomous vehicles could resolve a  problem they are facing today: an aging workforce who can’t be properly replaced due to a lack of qualified new candidates, especially in the long-haul transportation market. More than our way of travelling, it could change the nature of work itself by freeing time and allowing employees to be given new missions.


The autonomous revolution is already beginning, but the next decades will be decisive in order to convince the public of all the benefits that these technologies could bring. Local authorities and companies will have a pivotal role to play by listening to the users needs or concerns and providing efficient change strategies.

Cover Illustration: Volvo

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01
Jun

Germany : a new law to support carsharing

Long supporter of carsharing, Germany just took another step last march by voting in parliament a law that backs the use of this alternative mobility. What are these concrete measures? And what kind of role have to play local authorities and private players in order to ensure a successfull implementation of the law?


This bill, which will be effective in September, confirms the vitality and the appeal for carsharing in Germany. The latest figures show 150 registered car sharing suppliers, with 1.7 millions users in no less than 600 towns and cities across the country. To have a better idea of the scale of carsharing in germany another number stands out: more than half of Europe’s carsharing vehicles are on Germany’s roads!

Of course, the country takes part in a more global phenomenon around carsharing with, according to the Boston Consulting Group, an international number of users culminating to 35 millions in 2021. But Germany distingues itself by a far more advanced network, carsharing being present in cities as well as in smaller towns, and by the major involvement of cars manufacturers which are playing an essential role in the expansion of carsharing. Thus BMW with DriveNow and Daimler with Car2Go have risen to the challenge, surpassing their simple constructor status to become providers of mobility services.


Measures in favor of a specific urban layout


Parking autopartageThis law’s vote has been mostly justified and well-argued by environmental concerns, carsharing participating to the reduction of gas emissions and traffic congestion. In order to support this mobility, the legislation provides rules supervising the creation of specific parking spots for carsharing vehicles. Local authorities are summoned to establish a quota of dedicated parking places and drivers could benefit of cost reduction on their parking fees.

For fixed-base carsharing, these parking spaces will be used only by a specific agency while for cars from flee floating fleets, they will be used by any car which is part of a registered carsharing scheme. Thus we can see the beginning of a fruitful partnership between local collectivities and private operators to reshape the way we think of our cities by promoting a way of travelling beneficial to its inhabitants.


A promising partnership in Hambourg


Autopartage Hambourg - BMW

A practical example of this new relationship is the deployment in the city of Hamburg of a large network of charging points for plug-in electrified vehicles and parking spaces dedicated to carsharing. To complete this project, Hamburg just announced its collaboration with BMW. The car manufacturer will be providing a fleet of 500 vehicles (400 pure electric and 150 plug-in hybrids) by 2019 which will be bookable from the DriveNow platform.

For the mayor Olaf Scholz it is the perfect way to combine e-carsharing with public transport solutions to provide to the urban passenger a better flexibility even during peak hours, while improving the quality of life thanks to the positive impact on the environment.

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16
May

National Survey on Carsharing: 6t presents its 2016 edition

After a first edition of the National Survey on Carsharing conducted with 2090 users in 2012, the research consultancy 6t comes back four years later with a brand new edition, made with the support of the ADEME. A relevant way to study the evolutions of the carsharing role in the contemporary urban mobility and its uses in everyday life.


Mainly focused on round-trip carsharing, this edition has been nourished by 4 quantitative surveys conducted with carsharing users and vehicle fleet managers working for companies or local authorities. These surveys were completed by a qualitative survey, consisting of 25 interviews with users and former users of carsharing services, in order to better understand how this kind of mobility intervenes in everyday life’s urban travels.


Carsharing at the center of several mobility paths


By studying the results, 6t has been able to identify 4 different types of paths leading to the use of carsharing:

  • Carsharing as a cause of car-free environnement, completed with other alternative modes, gradually remplacing the use of the personal vehicle.
  • Carsharing as a consequence of car-free environnements. Carsharing is a choice made to change habits and to learn to get by without a personal vehicle. This category and the previous one represent 54% of the surveyed users.
  • Carsharing as a car ownership alternative (21%)
  • Carsharing as a means of accessing automobility (22%)

In 2016, one carsharing vehicle replaced 5 personal vehicles and freed 4 parking spaces.

National Survey on Carsharing edition 2016 - 6t

National Survey on Carsharing edition 2016 – 6t


Axes for reflection and action to open carsharing to a new audience and garanty the success of a service


Despite the diversity of paths observed in the uses of carsharing, the profile of the user of this type of service remains consistent, as shown in the infography below realized by 6t as part of its survey.

National Survey on Carsharing edition 2016 - 6t

National Survey on Carsharing edition 2016 – 6t

Rely on a broader communication strategy

Thus, the typical carsharing user is highly qualified, middle-aged and benefits of a good financial situation.

Carsharing has yet to find an efficient communication strategy to claim its place in the mainstream media and, more importantly, to reach out to more diversified and less favored socio-economic profiles. This public, such as young drivers and large families, might indeed be very interested in this alternative to vehicle property which can be a large source of expenses for a household.

Make carsharing services more attractive

To conclude its survey, 6t develops several factors of success for a carsharing service. First of all, the location of the network of stations is primordial, by favouring the proximity of the service. Accessing the service must be simplified to make the user’s path more enjoyable and intuitive. One way to do that is to give the possibility to register and book a vehicle online, from a computer or a smartphone and offer a diversity of vehicles (electrics, hybrids…).

Local authorities have a part to play in this will to make carsharing more accessible, particularly in terms of public space layout. The major concern is indeed the building of a dense network of noticeable stations, acting as real communication mediums towards potential clients and highlighted by a more developed institutional communication.


Thanks to these two surveys conducted 4 years apart, 6t gives us a comprehensive analysis of the evolutions of carsharing uses but also a glimpse of the future for these mobility services. They could, with the support of local authorities, become an important part of a more mastered and sustainable urbanism.

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10
May

e-Colibri: a carsharing solution for all your fleet management needs

e-Colibri is a software solution made to ease your fleet management and to optimize the use rate of your vehicles, whether they are self-service vehicles or part of a carsharing program.

Our software is also a perfect tool for car renting companies. Its functionnalities cover all the process of automated self-service: registration, booking, geo-tracking, access to the vehicle, invoices management as well as telephone and online support.

e-Colibri might interest carsharing operators, short-term or long-term rental operators, companies and local authorities. Flexible and modular, this solution is custom-made to fit each client’s specific needs.


In-vehicle equipments


e-Colibri is not only a software: it also includes in-vehicle equipments directly installed on your fleet. Among them, a board computer, the e-Colibri box, which connect your vehicle to internet making it intelligent and able to communicate precious informations to the fleet manager. A  RFID and NFC reader is installed on the windshield of each vehicle, offering the possibility to your users to unlock it by using a badge, a smartphone, smartphone or simply thanks to our exclusive remote control technology, e-Access, available on our mobile application e-Manager. Last but not least, an end-way button can be found next to the wheel and is a very convenient equipment to instantly end a booking.


A comprehensive platform for the manager and the users


Available online on computer and smartphone, without any installation, our booking application is entirely customizable and enables the user to manage his reservations or to extend one if needed, to check his contact informations and to access his invoices.

e-Colibri interfaces software

On the other side, the manager by using e-Colbri can make its fleet administration far more easier and lower the overall cost of maintenance. This back-office platform gives real time access to all the vehicles and users active in the fleet, making it easier to schedule maintenance for each vehicle according to its status. A statistics modul is also available, giving you a better understanding of your fleet use.

Finally, Mobility Tech Green accompanies every partner in their 2.0 mobility service. A call-center for managers as well as for users is included in our solution, completed by a formation to the software.

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03
May

Shared autonomous electric vehicles : a staple of future mobility

According to a new research by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in 2030 around 23% to 26% of all miles driven in the USA could be made in shared self-driving electric cars. 


A large-scale survey 


To reach this estimation, BCG took a survey of more than 6000 US consumers and studied the trafic patterns as well as population density in 100 cities across the United States. This high rate can be explained by the fact that this kind of vehicle is a less expensive and most convenient form of transportation, especially in big cities which are subject to heavy congestion and pollution.

The convergence of three main trends – ride sharing, autonomous driving and the expansion of electric vehicles – brings a brand new form of transportation, more effective as well as economically attractive. Indeed, shared autonomous electric vehicles (SAEVs) have the capacity to cut total travel costs by 60%. For a result, more than 5 million individual cars per year could be replaced by fully or partially autonomous electric vehicles, depending on the kind of use, by 2030.

A transition within reach

“Such an evolution in mobility is no longer a fantasy. The technology exists and our research shows that many consumers will embrace it,” said Brian Collie, who leads from Chicago BCG’s automotive practice in North America. Collie adds that the players need to position themselves as soon as possible in order to thrive in the near future. Many local authorities hesitate today, torn between an improvement of the life quality and the problem of competition and financial hardship because of the impact on public transportation.

Ideo shared autonomous electric vehicles

Concept of shared autonomous electric vehicle Ideo

The acronym SAEV, used to design these vehicles, reflects the multiple benefits that they could bring: fleets would indeed save time, money and most of all lives by increasing the global safety on roads. BCG takes the example of an inhabitant of Chicago who owns a car and drives approximately 10,000 per year: by using SAEVs instead of his personal car he would cut his cost travel from 1,20 $ per mile to around 50 cents. The savings for a year could be up to 7000$.


Big changes for large cities


The shift to SAEVs will be gradual and will mostly occur in cities with more than 1 million inhabitants, where the ownership of a vehicle can be a real burden (high cost of insurance, lack of parking spaces and heavy congestion).

Another way to accelerate the adoption would be innovations in technology and pricing models in order to reduce  costs even more. If the price is lower, by including new services and new revenue streams, the SAEV service could be deployed in mid-size cities. The main challenges ahead are technical as well as infrastructural, even in larger cities. This new mean of transportation induces a new to apprehend the city itself, and requires specific equipments to function in an efficient way.

A challenging transition

Many consumers remain precautious towards the technology and are not eager to give up the benefits of private vehicle ownership. It’s true that this shift would have an important impact on household economics but more generally on society as a whole. The first activities who will know major changes are urban planning and the automotive industry. By extension, supporting industries will also be impacted (energy and insurance, among others).

This transition will be challenging and daring, but announces a major transformation of the way we live in our cities. And it all starts today with carsharing solutions such as e-Colibri which propose a new kind of mobility for employees, by sharing vehicles and experience the city in the best possible way.

Photographies : Ideo

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01
Sep

Corporate Carsharing : A new mobility for your company

During the last decade, the distribution of the world’s urban population increased from 25% to 50%. in 25 years from now, 9 billion people will be living in urban areas. More than a billion of vehicles currently travel the world, and, according to the United Nations, this figure is expected to triple by 2050! the local authorities and companies now realise the challenges of future mobility. The B-to-B car-sharing represents a real solution for the future. As such, according to a Frost&Sullivan analysis, over 4 000 European companies should incorporate a car-sharing service by 2020. Then, experts estimate that 80 000 vehicles should be in car-sharing in European companies by 2018-2020. The number of companies on the continent providing their employees with a car-sharing service will increase from 200 in 2013 to 4 000 in 2020 and will represent 0,5% of the global fleet of the  European companies (0,01% in 2013).

corporate carsharing

The triple benefit asset

The corporate car-sharing represents a real answer to the challenges of the 21st century. “Mobility Tech Green offers a solution that allows the decrease of 30% of the vehicles in parks while guaranteeing the same amount of travels. Moreover, this technology reduces by 25% the off-fleet costs and has a real impact on the carbon footprint of the company” adds Alexandre Fournier, Marketing and Communication Manager of the company. With more than 10 years of experience in the field of the new urban mobilities and 100 000 active users in France, Belgium, and Switzerland, Mobility Tech Green places itself as the leader in terms of suggestion, innovations and performances on the B2B car-sharing market.

Zoom on the e-Colibri technology

Completely adjustable and “full web”, e-Colibri was created to manage in real time the automobile fleets. The 24/7 availability, the service’s requirement of immediacy, the geolocation of the vehicles are as many attractive assets for fleet managers. The solution includes a hardware kit, an adaptable hosted software according to the needs and a pack of managed services. Then, Mobility Tech green covers the entire using process of the automated self-service : registration, reservation, geolocation, access to the vehicle, billing and service provision (with a hotline). E-colibri does not only preserve the manufacturer’s warranty, it also adapts to all types of vehicles, including the electric ones.

Orange autopartage

“We have been working with Mobility Tech Green since 2013 in order to experiment car-sharing with our employees. This first step was a real success! With 300 vehicles in car-sharing by the end of 2014, Orange already has France’s most important fleet. Our ambition is to reach at least 3000 car-sharing vehicles by 2020, making Orange the company with the most vehicles in car-sharing in Europe. The booking of the cars is so easy that it is now popular among the users. E-Colibri also allows us to propose vehicles to our employees on evenings and weekends, as well as carpooling.” Jean Zermati, Director of the management of the vehicles for Orange.

 

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01
Sep

CarSharing : State of the art of the market in key numbers

During the last decade, the world urban population distribution has grown from 25% to 50%. more than 3 billion of individuals now live in a city. In 25 years from now,  9 billion of people will be living in urban areas, that is to say more than today’s total world population. In 2005, almost 890 million vehicles were travelling the earth (CCFA, 2005). in 2007, it was over a billion. Form 1955 to 2005, the increase in their number was about three times faster than the population growth. The United States remains the most motorised country with 844 vehicles for 100 inhabitants in 2007. Fortunately, the trend is decreasing. Likewise, the number of vehicles remains stable or weakly increases in the country said to be “developed” like Germany, France, Japan or Canada. Today, the emerging economies are the ones to dope the automobile market : there were 3,8 million vehicles in China in 2000, 43,2 million in 2011, it is the third most important fleet after the United States and Japan. In the meantime, Russia has grown from 20,4 million to 365,4 million cars ; Brazil went from 15,4 million to 27,4 million ; India from 5,2 million to 14,2 million. According to the United Nations, the world automobile park is to triple by 2050, powered at 80% by the developing economies.

Mobility tech Green

For Frost and Sullivan, the mobility sector would be about to know a great change. Indeed, the paradigm of mobility seems to gradually shift from the possession to the use of the car thanks to the very strong growth in the renting, car-sharing and carpooling sectors. Moreover, it must be noted that these new mobility modes affect both the individual and businesses. This is the case of car-sharing which has enormously gained in popularity these last few years. With a 50% growth in subscriptions, car-sharing is now adopted by the companies. According to Sarwant Singh, Senior Partner and Practice Director of Automotive and Transport at Frost & Sullivan, “car-sharing, initially based on B2C and P2P, now works in B2B as well with the growing popularity of car-sharing in companies.” Indeed, car-sharing appears to companies as an alternative to their often expensive car park. Then, Frost & Sullivan estimates that 80 000 vehicles should be working in car-sharing in European companies by 2018-2020. the number of actors on the car-sharing for companies market in Europe will increase from 13 to 30 by 2020. the number of european companies to integrate a car-sharing service for their employees will go from 200 in 2013 to 4000 by 2020 and will represent 0,5% of  the european companies’ global fleet (0,01% in 2013). Finally, according to the Roland Berger institute, it seems that the Japanese car-sharing market will increase of 80% per year during the next 5 years ! This can be explained by government subsidies and incentive measures. Indeed, the Chinese government thus plans to save parking spaces for vehicles in car-sharing. Analysts thus expect the car-sharing market to grow by 41,35% per year over the 2013-2018 period. This report covers the current state of the art and the growth prospects of the global car-sharing market over the 2014-2018 period.

Mobility Tech green

A car, a driver, 13000km, 4300€ per year

“Today, the private vehicle, unused 95% of the time is the rule for the urban, suburban and long distance travels” recognises the Environment and Energy Management Agency (Ademe).but in a report on travels by 2050, the Agency expects the number of vehicles to reduce from 35 to 22 million. This is what France Nature Environments (FNE) means by “the end of the solo car” in a guide dedicated to elected officials and decision-makers. The different experts in the sector predict for 2014 a year of opportunity, especially for companies with strong mobility needs. Indeed, the number of car-sharing services users is estimated to reach 15 million by 2020 (currently counting 70 000 users in 2013 according to Frost & Sullivan analysis). This long-term growth principally lies on one main factor: the collaborative economy ! It is a movement that emerged in the music industry sector and has become a model acclaimed by young consumers. Lisa Jerram, Analyst for Navigant Research suggests on that point that “in 2013, car makers have observed that these new consumption patterns are a real opportunity and that they need to adapt because they will not run along the traditional route.” on this basis, AlixPartners LLP, renowned American consulting firm in the automobile sphere, brings up the fact that americans are turning more and more to car sharing and abandon the purchase of vehicles. Indeed, the practice of car-sharing has prevented the purchase of 500 000 new or used cars between 2006 and 2013 ! Then the United States also witness the shift in theparadigm from possession to the use of the vehicle.

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An emblematic case of the success of car-sharing : Chicago 

In Chicago, more than 1200 employees use car-sharing. According to Kevin Campbell, director of the city of Chicago’s car park, the city has achieved significant savings by switching to car-sharing. Its fleet went from 1000 to 650 vehicles since the establishment of the system. Moreover, the city has also reduced the parking costs which previously stood at 200 euros per month and per vehicle. In the end, the city of Chicago saved more than 7 million dollars since January, 1st 201; the total cost for the setting up of the system thus amounts to 500 000 dollars. But Chicago is not done, Kara Kockleman, civil engineer from the University of Texas at Austin has recently modelled this problem with her research team. Using as reference the density of Austin’s population, they stimulated an average home-work travel based on the assumption that only 5% of these travels would be made by autonomous vehicles in car-sharing.  The rest being traditionally done by personal cars. The results provide a very interesting glimpse at a world without the ownership of a car. Indeed, each autonomous vehicle in car-sharing replaced 11 cars on the road ! Actually, the 20 000 people composing this car-sharing network have met their mobility needs using only 1700 autonomous vehicles in car-sharing against an average of 20 000 private cars. Most importantly, those members have on average waited for only 20 seconds before being served by the service !

A mapped route to the autonomous vehicle ? 

Alan Kornhauser, researcher at Princeton University working on autonomous vehicles mentioned about his that “what will certainly happen is that nobody will be the owner of a car anymore ! If you have access to mobility it is more appropriate to buy the content than the container “ he explains. “today, our problem is that people buy a car to meet their needs of mobility. But the cars without drivers considerably change the equation. Today, less than 17% of household vehicles travel simultaneously. Even if a small fraction of these unused cars was replaced by car-sharing autonomous vehicles, the reduction of the total mileage cost would be immense.” explains Mister Kornhauser. His statement is even more relevant when we consider that ¼ of the members of car-sharing services have abandoned their personal car ! Finally, between 2015 and 2020, the Strategy& PwC firm estimates that the connected vehicle market will quadruple and reach 115,2 billion revenue in the world  in 2020. a boom that will essentially benefit to two segments of technology : the safety and the driving assistance, which will respectively reach 47,34 and 35,66 billion euros by 2020.

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