The first pilots with self-driving cars – by both the traditional car manufacturers as well as new, disruptive hi-tech industry players – have been successful. And now we are seeing some ambitious local governments opening up the public infrastructure for testing new mobility options, whilst OEMs continue to include more autonomous features in their cars.
While it is expected to be some time yet before fully autonomous vehicles fill the roads, transportation and mobility innovations and ADAS developments that are already available, are helping companies adapt to new realities. In fact, new technologies can only be embraced by fleets, as they offer optimised driving (and lower TCO) and driver safety. What’s more, the steady integration of autonomy in driving, gives companies time to prepare for the disruption that is set to happen regarding costs, ownership, mobility, fleet financing and business opportunities. But despite the disruption, it is expected that fleet structures will remain, with AVs available as a feasible alternative for certain driver groups.