More than ever, non-drivers (individuals who are/were not driving vehicles) are finding it easier to access cars. For example, Uber has grown almost 40-fold over the last four years and new ridesharing companies like GoMore allow individuals easy access to cars to get them to work, home or elsewhere. We are also convinced it is only a matter of time before driverless cars will become a ‘popular’ reality. With leading companies like Google and Tesla driving industry developments in this space, driverless cars are on their way. According to our research, seven out of 10 drivers say they would ride in a driverless car. Non-drivers will continue to see an uptake in options to access vehicles as and when they need them.
And drivers? Drivers are already able to customise cars they buy to fit all of their personal preferences – from colour to seat height to accessories. Through car sharing solutions, private leasing, and an expanded used car market, drivers are also now able to access cars whenever they need it – from hours, to days, to months, to years. Vehicles will get better usage, spurred by car sharing and entrepreneurial car renting, and in the age of data we will be able to analyse car usage to make driving safer and greener.
With an increase in the number of vehicles, especially in urban areas, however comes an increase in issues that impact the globe – infrastructure, road congestion and carbon emissions, among others. In the UK, it has been calculated that road congestion will cost the British economy more than £300 billion over the next 16 years. Latin American carbon emissions from transport – mostly cars – are predicted to grow threefold by 2030.