The Frost & Sullivan report, Strategic Insight into the Future of the Global Mobility Technology Market, noted that advancements in mobility technology will open new growth opportunities for companies aiming to tap into mobility services and solutions of the future, such as mobility-as-a-service, shared and autonomous fleets, and mobility operating systems.
This will result in greater collaborations and merger and acquisition (M&A) activities in the sector amongst automotive incumbents, technology giants, network infrastructure providers, and mobility tech start-ups.
“Technology is emerging as the centrepiece in mobility. The focus is shifting from operators and business models toward developing technology capabilities. Advanced technologies, such as APIs, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud platforms, mobility service platforms, V2X and V2G technologies, and predictive modelling are starting to shape new mobility,” said Abhishek Iyer, research analyst.
He added that the interest shown by ICT companies and start-ups towards connected, autonomous, shared, and electric (CASE) mobility has initiated a multi-industry convergence towards mobility technologies.
“However, a singular approach towards these aspects is restrictive in terms of capturing the huge potential that exists. The collective involvement of participants with varied capabilities is essential towards solving the future mobility equation,” he cautioned.
Frost anticipates services to become more complex and nuanced alongside technology evolution. New opportunities can be found in areas such as fleet orchestration, mobility planning and designing, and seamless transition from human-driven to autonomous fleets. Also, 5G networks will play a crucial role in the advancement of future shared, automated, and connected vehicles.
“Omnipresent wireless networks that have extensive coverage, high data transfer speeds, and low latency will drive the advancements in highly connected shared mobility technologies,” he added.
Providers of future mobility solutions and services must leverage and continue to build on their core technological strengths to capture underlying growth opportunities effectively.
While the fastest route to gaining access to these technologies is through mergers and acquisitions, companies should develop a strategic roadmap to lay out a clear picture of how their existing core expertise would integrate with the acquisition of new technology capabilities to drive innovation further.
Extensive collaboration among long-standing participants from the automotive and technology sector along with the value provided by new mobility technology suppliers is required to enable disruption in the evolving landscape. This collaboration becomes even more essential for existing companies to survive and thrive over the next decade, which is expected to change the face of mobility as we see it.
Success in the mobility technology ecosystem will depend on the development of new business models and revenue strategies, which can harness the potential of cross-industry expertise and incorporate them into mobility technology solutions and services. While the necessary focus on CASE is absolute, a well-defined and timely approach toward it will stand to make the difference.