Analysis

The UK Future of Mobility First Event

Sharing UK perspectives on the evolving mobility ecosystem

March 2017

Frictionless, automated, personalised travel on-demand - how quickly will it arrive, and how do we get on board? The Future of Mobility team at Deloitte hosted more than 75 members of the automotive, transport and telecommunications community to explore answers to these questions at a breakfast session on 28th March 2017.

Highlights

Speakers at our event

  • Simon Dixon, Global Transportation Lead, gave an overview of shared mobility and autonomous vehicles; the competing approaches from ‘Insiders’ and ‘Disrupters’ and what opportunities this new ecosystem would bring.
  • Mike Woodward, Northwest Europe Auto Lead, looked at the UK’s extended mobility ecosystem, and where the automotive manufacturers will end up in the future. If they don’t start getting ready now for the future shifts, they could end up as fallen giants.
  • Hamish Phillips, Corporate Sales at Tesla, spoke of Tesla’s efforts to future-proof its vehicles, with all cars built since October 2016 equipped with full self-driving hardware and the ability to improve over time via software updates.
  • Warwick Goodall, Director in Transport Technology and Strategy, moderated an engaging Q&A that discussed the shift to Mobility as a Service (MaaS), role of shared and open data, and the evolution to autonomous driving.

Overview

Frictionless, automated, personalised travel on-demand - that’s the dream of the future of mobility. How quickly will it arrive, and how do we get on board? The Future of Mobility team at Deloitte hosted more than 75 members of the automotive, transport and telecommunications community to explore answers to these questions at a breakfast session on 28th March 2017.

The event was kicked off by Simon Dixon, Deloitte’s Global Transportation Lead, who gave an overview of the Deloitte research: the rise of shared mobility and autonomous vehicles; the competing approaches to mobility from ‘Insiders’ and ‘Disrupters’. He concluded with some views on what opportunities this new ecosystem would bring.

Next up was Mike Woodward, Deloitte’s Northwest Europe Auto Lead. He looked at the UK’s extended mobility ecosystem, which had revenues of ~£500billion in 2015. His question for the audience was, where will the automotive manufacturers end up in the future? Auto manufacturers can carve out an important role as data and mobility managers that own the customer relationships. But if they don’t start getting ready now for the future shifts, they could end up as mere Hardware Platform Providers supporting the new entrants and tech companies.

The third speaker was Hamish Phillips, Corporate Sales Manager for Tesla, a company that is flipping the idea of what makes a vehicle valuable, with all cars built since October 2016 being future-proofed with full self-driving hardware and the ability to improve over time via software updates.

The second half of the event was an engaging Q&A featuring the speakers and moderated by Warwick Goodall, a Director in Transport Technology and Strategy who has been leading our work in the Future of Mobility area. The panel discussed the shift to Mobility as a Service (MaaS), role of shared and open data, and the evolution to autonomous driving. The audience further explored various topics, including the impact on automotive finance and leasing companies, regulation focused on software in cars instead of the traditional MOT, and global versus regional legislation.

Guests were offered a glimpse into an idealised future that offers seamless intermodal journeys for commuters and consumers of such services. Most lingered to carry on the conversation after the event was concluded—and to check out the Tesla Model X parked out front of the building!

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