Autonomous cars : Consumer excitement soars despite barriers



Consumers believe autonomous cars will take on a larger role in their daily lives, going beyond the act of driving to also have autonomy in running errands and completing chores.

Consumer preference for riding in self-driving cars is set to double within the next five years. While only 25% of consumers would prefer to ride in a self-driving car over a traditional vehicle in 12 months’ time, over half (52%) say driverless cars will be their preferred mode of transport by 2024.

These findings have been published in Capgemini Research Institute’s report “The Autonomous Car: A Consumer Perspective.” The positive response from consumers suggests that they see huge benefits with autonomous vehicles in terms of fuel efficiency (73%), reduced emissions (71%) and saving time (50%). Such is the sense of optimism and anticipation, over half of the consumers (56%) say they would be willing to pay up to 20% more for an autonomous vehicle over a standard one.

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What mobility will look like in 2025

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On any given morning in the year 2025, you’re running late for work, but your self-driving car senses you coming and gets ready to pick you up. Once you’re inside, it syncs with your mobile devices, calculates the least congested route, and finds someone else heading in the same direction, so your cars can link up to save space on the road. As the car drives, you catch up on email.



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Mobility trend leaves UK workers overworked but unproductive: Study

54% said they felt obliged to work during the weekend because there is too much to do.

Office workers in the UK are so focused on managing email traffic and attending internal meetings, they struggle to find time to produce anything really meaningful, according to research released this week.



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Mobility still just scratching the surface: Study

Mobile access has become critical to global business today and the Accenture CIO Mobility Survey 2013 reinforces that. The survey was conducted online last winter and finds that 75 percent of 413 IT professionals rate mobility among their top five priorities. But it also makes clear that there’s lots of room for CIOs to expand enterprise mobile capabilities going forward.



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Driverless Highways: Creating Cars that Talk to the Roads

Speaking at “Mobility Day” in Shanghai

Futurist Thomas Frey: Yesterday I had the privilege of speaking at a conference on the “Future of Mobility” in Shanghai, China. The event was produced by the very forward thinking people at Lanxess, a German-based chemical company that broke ground the day before on a new facility to expand its already significant base of operation in Shanghai.



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‘Suits That Transport’ – Wearable Transportation of the Future


Suits that Transport

Students of automotive design and fashion at the European Institute of Design in Barcelona have joined forces to explore the futures of urban mobility, in collaboration with Iniciativa BMW. “Suits That Transport”—translated a little cagily from the Spanish “El traje que te transporta”— is the name given to an exhibition of the students final outcomes currently on public display on the Rambla Catalunya in central Barcelona. (pics)


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