The Future of Mobility: what's next?

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Development of self-driving vehicles in the United Kingdom

Where science fiction meets science fact

The UK government has recognised the importance of self-driving vehicles as a catalyst for technological, economic and social developments. It is trying to make the United Kingdom the preeminent testing site in Europe. But are consumers on board for the ride?

Trends that revolutionise mobility

The widespread deployment of self-driving vehicles, once thought of as science fiction, is just a few years away. It will usher in sweeping change and have wide-ranging implications. Businesses, even those—or especially those—not normally thought of as involved in mobility, should start thinking about it now.

Automation means vehicles can operate more cheaply and consistently, reliably and safely. Sharing of these assets will increase utilisation, create economies of scale, and reduce unit costs. These two trends, combined with the adoption of new vehicle materials and powertrains (such as electric and fuel cell) and increasing connectivity will revolutionise mobility. New types of businesses will be created, and new players will enter existing businesses, blurring industry lines. Incumbents will be forced to develop new skills, and to forge new partnerships.

But the new mobility landscape will not be shaped by the private sector alone; governments will also play a critical role. Initial commercialisation efforts will likely begin as public-private partnerships. It’s still early days for the industry and government policies do matter. Already, eight auto manufacturing nations are in a pitched battle for first-mover advantages in what is shaping up into a $10 trillion industry. 

This paper looks at the extended mobility ecosystem in the United Kingdom, estimates the size and scope of potential gains and identify where the United Kingdom could stake a claim. While this ecosystem is large and complex, driven by a series of converging trends, we explore more deeply one of its defining features: self-driving vehicles.

The report looks at popular views on automated driving, because astute government policy must be informed by those who will drive uptake and acceptance: consumers. We explore commercialisation efforts to date of driverless vehicles and the UK government efforts in this space. Finally, we look at what should happen next. The questions we want to answer: Is the United Kingdom doing enough, and what should it do to be at the top when it comes to driverless cars?

Development of self-driving vehicles in the United Kingdom

Technologies and cyber risk as critical components

Deloitte’s cyber risk services have been used extensively by automobile manufacturers to strengthen vehicle security and protect connected systems. As connected and driverless automobiles evolve, the underlying technologies will become less an accessory and more a critical component. Connected automobiles will play a growing role in logistics, transport, and urban design, and companies and individuals will expect the automobile components, systems and services to be safe and secure. Contact the authors for more information or read more about our cyber risk services.

Want to know more on the Future of Mobility?

More information on how developments within the mobility landscape affects your business, please contact Frank de Bont at +31 (0)88 288 1572 and via mail FdeBont@deloitte.nl or Martijn Knuiman at +31 (0)88 288 2941 and via mail MKnuiman@deloitte.nl. Interested in our latest reports on the Future of Mobility, visit our Future of Mobility platform where we will publish new research, reports and interviews with thought leaders.

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