In Episode 22 of my weekly update, I’m sharing stories and insight around developments in the field of autonomous vehicles. These shifts will considerably change how we move, and the future of various industries related to transportation.
Due to its globally recognized traffic challenges, Los Angeles remains a city of focus when it comes to rethinking mobility. A staggering 170 hours per year are lost for each LA driver because of congestion, while private car usage leads mobility preferences comprising 80% of passenger miles travelled. Shared electric-powered autonomous vehicles (or ‘robo taxis’) could result in a 20% cut in private-car use and potentially generate between $4 billion – $20 billion in tax revenue for that region.
2. Uber just revealed a new self-driving car that it will use to take on Tesla and Waymo in the robotaxi wars
I often speak to government and business leaders about infrastructure and readiness of modernized mobility ecosystems, which include on-demand transport. Self-driving cars are a pivotal part of on-demand, future mobility. Uber and Volvo’s partnership will see a new generation of self-driving cars brought to Uber’s on-road fleet in the next 12-24 months, according to Uber. Beyond the mobility itself, it’s important to consider the monumental data plays that will be involved in these endeavors.
Forward-looking mobility solutions that use a variety of exponential technologies are starting to see the light of day. Consider the possibility of opening the Uber app on your smartphone and being able to select a flying taxi just like any other ride, at a comparable price. Uber is turning that possibility into reality with plans for test runs of UberAir in 2020 across 3 cities, including Melbourne.