Securing the future of mobility

Addressing cyber risk in self-driving cars and beyond

By Greg Boehmer and Leon Nash

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.

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What’s Fueling Autonomous Driving…and What’s Not

By Gina Pingitore

The race is in high gear as automakers compete with technology companies and other industry disruptors to put partially or fully autonomous vehicles on American roads.

To understand what’s happening in the race, we undertook a global survey of more than 22,000 consumers in 17 countries to learn about their preferences for autonomous technologies. The results tell us there’s good news, and, well, some bad news.

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The future of mobility: Where we’ve come from

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:

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The future of auto retailing: preparing for the evolving mobility ecosystem

Posted by Andrew DinsdalePhilipp Willigmann, Scott Corwin, and Jeff Glueck

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”

The Future of Mobility, Today and Tomorrow

Posted by Scott Corwin, Philipp Willigmann, and Elizabeth Berkey Cathles
Future of mobility, today and tommorow

The global automotive industry may be on the verge of a fundamental transformation giving rise to a new mobility ecosystem. These changes could have far reaching implications for how we move from point A to point B, and for stakeholders far beyond the auto industry, including gas companies, retailers, insurers, emergency rooms, advertisers, and government regulators.

We might be forgiven for thinking these shifts will materialize only in the distant future, making strategic changes today premature. But the future of mobility is already impacting how businesses operate in an array of industries. Consider just a few recent examples. The US Department of Transportation announced in December that its safety ratings would begin considering the presence of crash-avoidance and other advanced technologies, which are important enabling technologies for autonomous drive that could spur adoption by automakers.1 As of November 2015, Google self-driving cars have completed more than 1.3 million miles of autonomous driving on public streets.2 Several companies developing autonomous cars have indicated they would accept liability should their vehicles crash, a sign of their confidence in the technology and an important development for insurers and the general public.3 AT&T added over a million new connected cars in its third quarter, more than any other wireless category, including smartphones.4 The list goes on, and these developments are just the first tentative steps toward a new mobility ecosystem.
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