It’s easy to envision self-driving trucks safely and efficiently carrying shipments down US highways. But that’s only part of any product’s journey between manufacturer and customer. How will the new mobility ecosystem handle the whole trip, including the trickiest part of all: last-mile delivery?
I have a confession to make. Although I spend much of my professional life thinking about how new types of mobility can reshape urban areas, I live in the sticks. The rural upper Midwest, to be precise, on “10 acres of brush and trouble,” in the words of singer-songwriter Greg Brown.
Addressing cyber risk in self-driving cars and beyond
Climbing into a car has long been among the riskier things that people do—famously, the least safe part of an airplane trip is the drive to the airport.1 So it’s likely no surprise that self-driving cars’ safety is one of their most often cited benefits. Indeed, many expect the emerging mobility ecosystem,2 with increasing shared access to transportation as well as autonomous technology, to all but eradicate routine accidents.
In our last post, my colleague Scott Corwin highlighted some of the most noteworthy and, frankly, surprising developments we’ve witnessed in the mobility arena in the last few months.
By Scott Corwin
A year ago, we posited that the extended global automotive industry was undergoing an unprecedented transformation into a new mobility ecosystem.1 Since then, the pace of change has been, in our view, breathtaking. Through hundreds of conversations with corporate executives, government leaders, technologists, and academics around the globe, we have gained a front-row seat to how the future of mobility is evolving. In particular, we have witnessed:
Are you aware of the number of times you use the sensors embedded in your smartphone without even knowing it? Be it to tilt your smartphone to view an image in the landscape position, or to automatically deactivate the touchscreen while on a call, the sensors in your smartphone are always in action. These examples are barely the tip of the iceberg. Sensors have been a part of smartphone design since their inception. The current generation of smartphones are embedded with as many as 16 sensors, and each sensor is always active, receiving and sending signals, for use by apps or directly by users.
Remember the last time you bought a car?
Hardly anyone finds today’s automotive retail experience—researching, contacting the dealership, test driving, financing, and closing the deal—efficient and satisfying.1
Indeed, just 17 out of more than 4,000 car shoppers in a recent survey said that they were happy with the status quo car-buying process.2 That’s 17 people, not 17 percent.
Auto retailers have acknowledged this dissatisfaction and responded with incremental changes. As other industries become more customer-centric, however, creating a less painful retail experience is increasingly table stakes for carmakers and dealers. Continue reading “The future of auto retailing: preparing for the evolving mobility ecosystem”
Posted by John Hagel III
I just returned from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and it was striking how much the automobile has become a center of attention at this gathering. It was timely because I just published a new report on the future of mobility™—Navigating a shifting landscape—and I had an opportunity to present my perspectives at CES.
My key message was that we need to avoid getting distracted. It’s easy to get consumed by the amazing technology reshaping the mobility ecosystem. But from a business perspective, the key question remains: Where’s the money?
Continue reading “Where’s the Money? The Future of the Mobility Ecosystem”
Posted by Monika Mahto
As additive manufacturing nears everyday use, business managers must get onboard with the technology basics and underlying benefits
I’m headed to Bangalore for an annual tech conference. Over the years I’ve come to know a lot of other regular attendees, and we have debated and discussed many technologies as they move from the theoretical to the applied state. The evolution, development, and application of Additive Manufacturing (AM) has been one of our favorite topics–and just look at how far that technology has come. We are fast approaching using 3D printing in our everyday lives. It’s possible there may even be 3D printed parts on the large commercial aircraft I am about to board!
Continue reading “Getting business on board with additive manufacturing”
Posted by Brenna Sniderman
You know how it goes at auto shows: concept cars, cool new designs. Cars are brought into a vast convention space filled with auto lovers and journalists eager to get a glimpse of up-and-coming new technologies that will herald the next evolution in automobiles. But at 2015 Detroit auto show, Phoenix-based Local Motors showed up without a car…and instead “printed” one: the Strati, the world’s first 3D-printed car.i
True, mainstream automakers are not 3d printing entire cars at this point, or even many end-use parts. But it’s getting there, and I would argue that additive manufacturing currently plays a pretty crucial role in most auto manufacturers’ processes already, even if 3d printed parts themselves aren’t yet showing up in the finished products. Indeed, automotive companies are already voracious users of additive manufacturing (AM) technologies: Automotive constitutes one of the largest areas of AM system sales, narrowly trailing industrial parts and consumer products.ii
Continue reading “Additive Technology moves into the fast lane”