New mobility: what is going to happen.. realistically

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Courtesy: the Aviary project

New mobility and transportation are on the hype; huge media coverage, billions of investments, M&A happening on a monthly basis and a common enthusiasm among the business community from all over the world. The convergence of multiple industries (Automotive, Public transportation, Energy and electrification, Shared mobility, Autonomous driving) are shaping the market and changing the boundaries among private vs public, ownership vs utilization and much more.

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Source: Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Ok.. we dream that in 2030-2040 all these transformations will be normal and many of us (or our children) will go around cities with flying cars available on a bottom through our smartphone..but what should we really expect happening in few coming years?

Here what I would realistically expect;


Electric vehicle industry and market:  Electrification will be one the most concrete changes. Many investments have been done in the last 5/7 years and top car makers have clear pipeline for new products  starting from premium level with a top down strategy. Tesla will be challenged by German automakers but if Model3 will maintain its promises there will be a lot of competition. Regional markets will see different developments: EU will grow slowly and even if there will be some exemptions (Nordics and likely UK and Netherlands) big volumes will arrive after the next 3-5 years once the chargingetron infrastructures will be highly deployed. US will ramp up but in jeopardize markets, according to state and local policies. That will be positive anyway considered how US economy is localized. China is the leading region, not only due to Government commitment, but also because of components technology industry leadership (battery cells). Not sure how many among recent Chinese/global EV brands will be successful (Byton, Nio, FaradayFuture, Leeco) even if all of them have global similar organization (design and Engineer in EU, juicemanufacturing in China, Headquarter and innovation in California).  India shall be a interesting new area to look at. Growing economy, highly populated with a strong political commitment to shift towards EV (30% of EV by 2030). Infrastructures is a big gap but good quality products availability is also a limit so far waiting for big car makers to deploy premium vehicles. But 2 and 3 wheelers will be the the real challenge since those are the most popular vehicle, affordable for low income population and largely available, unfortunately these vehicles are generally cheap and not much technology is needed.

 


Autonomous driving: this trend is polarized: people either love embracing self driving car or just will never want to see someone out of the driver seat. Culture, safety, car passion.. every position is fair but will likely see early stage applications of self driving vehicles based on region economics and regulatory framework. While in US tech

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companies developed software suites and operations based on traditional cars equipped with ADAS, Europe seems to be little behind also due to more strict  regulation and less
attitude in letting autonomous car driving on public roads.  But this approach doesn’t mean that once legal aspects will be set European player (and its historical car maker industry) will catch up and potentially “win” the long term run. We’ll likely see multiple use cases tests with a public transport oriented approach and last mile services using small shuttles.

 


Sharing Mobility: This is likely my favorite topic. After several projects, services and business models tested by a number of different brands, from automakers, to rental companies and public transport operators, we’ll move into a consolidation phase, RIDEHailing_following two directions: many companies will merge to survive to competition specially because shared mobility is a low profit business and requires high economy of scale, larger companies will compete on multimodal services, integrating bikesharing, scooter sharing or moped (or light scooters.. naming is not standard yet). Again regulation will be a key topic as some of these innovation (specially  free floating base) are highly discussed and public sentiment is often controversial.

For sure.. doesn’t matter which area of business you are focused on, it’s clear that there will be much to learn and new competences and skills will be required. Not referring to engineering and software sides only, but from operational perspective we’ll face new players and existing ones building knowledgable organizations leveraging a mix of digital and automotive experiences, combined with social, economics, transportation and sharing economy. While once we’ll have many operators and technologies in place..big data management and interoperability will be next business to address.. but later on.

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Autonomous driving gets real with new generation Olli unveiled

3 days showing self-driving shuttles capabilities brought autonomous driving to next level of experience.

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Some experiences are worth sharing and there is no better way to show a self-driving vehicle than riding in real everyday scenarios. Olli (#meetOlli), an autonomous shuttle performed 3 days of rides for more than 300 guests from all over the world to prove its new capabilities.  Thanks to the RoboticResearch partnership with LocalMotors a new software platform and sensor sets have been designed and integrated into Olli.

The experience brought passengers on a ride smoothly, reaching up to 19 Mph, crossing pedestrians and cyclists intersections, with vehicle overtaking and signal recognition. But dynamic obstacles avoidance has been one of the most interesting tests. Every group was asked to move barriers located in the path of the vehicle and based on the software OLLI changed its trajectory each time to determine the safest possible route to drive forward  as published in official Local Motors social media feed

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IMG_3164The event gathered also a number of partners in fleet management , engineering services, insurance, HMI experience, mapping, operators and financing. It is clearly an entire ecosystem built to support self driving vehicles coming to market and providing all the necessary supporting tools to manage barriers to introduce this new technology.

Autonomous driving is the forefront of mobility and an entire industry will be shaped in the future according to new services, business models and players.

Next step is to bring confidence to the public around  autonomous vehicles, deploying vehicles and proving how safe this technology can be. It’s a long way to go to reach fully autonomy but the journey will definitely be exciting. See you on the roads this summer!

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Lead the coming global mobility business (..part 2)

Assets management and revenue streams

I addressed in my previous post some of the relevant key topics to lead future mobility business cases. I move forward now to analyse which are the assets and the revenue streams of this new business model

Managing fleet of autonomous vehicles offers the unique opportunity to use a series of assets to increase the value of the business and develop multiple collateral business cases linked with the operations.

Each asset can be owned/acquired/leased/ to run the business case and create more revenues streams

Real estate.

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Area Expo MasterPlan – Courtesy CRA 

Storage and parking. Having access to storage hubs and parking infrastructures will be a key factors when we’ll have thousands of vehicles running.

Garages for car services. Traditional car dealers and services will shift their core business from privates or direct customers to fleet and an efficient and fast organisation will optimise the operations

Charging hubs (Renewable powered, smart grid, vehicle2grid applications). Grid balance in cities will be an issue and those players with direct access to infrastructures will be facilitated. Energy will be the new “oil” and its availability can be improved thanks to renewable power.

Big data

autonoAmong world top ten brands as per capitalisation (Amazon, Apple, Google,) and  in mobility also (Uber) there are companies owning huge amount of data. Big data will be a mainstream revenue stream for those able to monetise and create value from that. Transport and mobility provide a relevant amount, coming from the following areas:

  • Mobility patterns (Matrix o/d)
  • Mapping data (for autonomous driving software applications)
  • Driving data (travel behaviour, drivers behaviour in different environment, incentives for drivers, privacy policies)
  • Fleet data/Insurance
  • Artificial intelligence for mobility and user experience

Fleet

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MOIA ridesharing bus

Cars are not only the main asset for running the operations as there are multiple  options to get value from the vehicle:

  • Financial asset. Financing the fleet allows to have interest gain
  • Second life Battery pack strategies (link to storage business model). The batteries of the vehicles can shift into a second life plan to re-market them at the end of the first lifecycle for storage and other utilisations.
  • Marketing. On purpose vehicles are a branding tool (as Moia just proved with their launch few days ago)
  • Commercial (promotion and re-marketing). Vehicles can generate more revenue once we move them into the re-marketing plan and second sales.

Entertainment

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Rinspeed Xchange concept

What shall we do during our trips in autonomous cars? Many operators are raising this questions and pay per use services (entertainment/business) to be developed for self driving cars seems to be a collateral area of interest. Whether we use our subscriptions (Netflix, Spotify and similar), I bet many services will be integrated directly in the cars.

If those are some of the assets to be leveraged in future mobility business, there is an complementary strategy to address which seems to be the big umbrella where including the whole stack of innovation: MAAS: mobility as a service. Once the volume of ridesharing trips will really shift our cities mobility patterns we have to expect that large corporations will aggregate vertical players to create the biggest

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ITF Forum ride sharing simulation study

platform to really go from A to B with one touch. Many are competing already around the world and capitalisations will drive the winning ones.

East regions (China, Malaysia, India) faces deregulated market where new mobility services (ride sharing/ride hailing) have established brands like  DIDI (China) Grab (Malaysia) Careem (Middle east) OLA (india). Many of them have international growth plans or even to extend operations (Didi just announced 151M$ investment to enter the car sharing market).

West regions (USA/Canada). is the cradle of new mobility and player are competing at the forefront of innovation thanks to most famous brands Uber/Lyft, Waymo/Apple.

Europe:  is an highly regulated market and new mobility struggles to become real in terms of volumes. Further than direct business development a potential strategy to fast the process in the early stage is to link with public transport operators or car manufacturers that are familiar with regulations and they are entering in the mobility arena. Business development is  subject to local/national Government approval even if EU policies are expected within few years time to create the legal framework.

So there’s a lot to do and we can be sure that mobility, public transport industry and automotive will converge in a whole new competitive arena that we don’t know the boundaries yet.

 

Lead the coming global mobility business

Strategy, pillars and operations for autonomous driving fleet management business (part 1)

We are quite aware that future business model for carmakers is mobility oriented more than car focused. All brands are moving to become miles/km providers, much bigger market than struggling selling cars to dealers and customers.

Weekly news  support this future.. but the focus of this post is more about the business side. How to make money in this new shaping industry?

The convergence of electric and autonomous technologies, public regulations, tradeoff between public/private business, integration of fleet management, long-term and short-term rentals are disrupting multiple traditional businesses and shaping a completely new competitive arena where different industries want to play the game.

connected_carWe see car makers directly moving to mobility (brand like Moia, Maven, IMotion, Moovel, Lynk&co just to mention few ones) or huge public transports operators (Deutsche-Bahn, Transdev, Keolis) extending their offer to ride-sharing pilots, or big rental companies embracing sharing mobility (corporate or privately based) and don’t forget new players often heavily backed (Zoox) or leading forefront giants like Uber or Waymo.

Quite a crowded arena, specially if we consider that none of those players really own the whole stack of services that future business will require. Even more if we understand that final stage of this change will be the coming popular definition “Mobility as a Service” clearly described in this picture by Sampo Hietanen, pioneer entrepreneur running  his Maas Global company. MAAS_Sampo

Starting from here I outline some of the  most important topics to be considered addressing this market based on assumptions that only few companies will have the resources (money, team, assets) to scale globally and we’ll probably see many providers acting locally followed by an increasing number of M&A.

Full mobility service business case is based on a tailored range of vehicles according to client’s preferences. Vehicles will feature new design (cars/van/minibus/light-freight) sedricwith multiple mobility targets. Vehicles will be initially electric and autonomous in a short timeline of period (local deployment according to regulations). In some regions it’s possible to include 2 wheels in the game.

Fleet Financing (leasing/rental) will be a core business because even if we think about the future.. we’ll still need someone to own and rent cars for mobility. At least until we’ll move in 3 dimensions instead of 2 and flying car will hit the road.. (actually the sky) of our cities.

Business operations: the business case includes a broad range of operations:

  1. Vehicles management (maintenance, service, cleaning, warranties, storage/parking)
  2. Fleet management (software, on board unit)
  3. IT-Platform – Integration of API with third parties.
    1. Business user app (driver and backend system): Booking/Dispatching/Routing/Billing/customer service
    2. End user (consumer) app: expected to be up to Customer or fully owned if is directly operating
  4. Charging (fast charge daily, slow charge overnight, wireless and automated)
  5. Customer experience (riding experience based on entertainment/business time traveling with autonomous vehicles)
  6. Drivers experience (safety, eco driving, community approaches)
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OLLI Self driving shuttle platform – courtesy Local Motors

In the near future we’ll assist to

  • Integration of IT-platform with autonomous driving software and hardware.
  • Integration of business case with MAAS aggregators (not only cars but also public transports and more)
  • Integration of business case with logistic/freights hub
  • Integration of IT platform with blockchain

Next post (Part 2) will address Assets, Revenue streams and market regions… coming soon, stay tuned

“Italian cities to ban cars* by 2030”

This provocative statement opens Citytech, the event gathering this week in Milan more than 800 international experts, key players and top brands showcasing some of the most relevant innovations in mobility aiming to shape tomorrow’s cities. It’s time to act and take strong decisions to lead the transition towards a more sustainable mobility system and urban environment.

citytech_logoPublic policies made a strong acceleration in the last few weeks. UK and France declared to ban ICE (petrol and diesel) cars from new sales by 2040, Norway, counting 40% new registrations in August as electric cars, sets this goal in 2024 as Netherlands did. Most of all China has declared to be working on the same regulation, just defining the right timeframe. (we remind that China equals to 28 millions units market). That’s a long way if we consider that we have 695.000 EV globally in 2016 in 84 million cars market.

If Government sets regulations, industry’s role targets technologies and manufacturing accordingly. After Volvo recently announced to produce only electric or hybrid cars in 2019, JLR just followed with a target date of 2020 and media are full jaguar_ipaceof releases from IAA show in Frankfurt from BMW, Daimler and VW on huge investments to electrified the whole production in the near future.

We finally know that revolution today.. needs money more than arms, so what’s the opinion from financial community about E-mobility? JpMorgan just declared that electric technology will disrupt the market with many losers, all those ones that will not drive the change. (CNBC credit video) They forecast 35% market share for EV in 2025, scaling to 48% by 2030. More conservative position from MorganStanley’s comparing multiple scenarios expects 16% penetration for EV (fully electric) in 2030 that can reach up to 60% by 2040. morganstanleyMeantime Dutch bank ING identifies the battery costs reduction and public incentives as the main opportunities to drive production fully electric in 2035.

Market is full of researches we don’t want to get lost in, the fundamental is that globalBMWIvision political, economic and financial community has complete knowledge about this changing. Now it’s up to management class (from politics, to industries and consumers, nationally and locally) to decide whether they want to lead the changes or get disrupted. Italy is far behind this trend as proven by the insignificant market share of Ev (0,03%) or the absence of commitment and specific policies, any autonomous driving initiative elsewhere in the country even if there are existing competences and technologies not only linked to the “old” motor industry. We don’t need discussions but facts, projects, trials, and investments. That will bring the country industry back to a primary role in the future of automotive…(oh no sorry I’am wrong, …in the future  of mobility).

*..combustion cars

Carlo Iacovini                                                                                                                 Marketing Director, Local Motors,                                                                                   Board Member, Clickutility on Earth

Mobilità a guida autonoma: un’industria in movimento

Il processo di cambiamento in atto nel settore dell’automotive è così radicale che non tutti i grandi gruppi ne hanno piena consapevolezza. Da un lato nuovi player spingono per introdurre l’innovazione, cercando di dimostrare l’economicità e la profittabilità delle tecnologie, dall’altro anche i brand più tradizionalisti hanno avviato fasi di scouting tecnologico e indagini conoscitive. Tesla è sempre in prima linea tra i nuovi brand sulla scia dei successi di vendita della Model S/X e in preparazione dell’arrivo della Model3, primo modello più economico. L’azienda è al centro anche di speculazioni considerando che ha appena raccolto 1miliardo di $ e il gigante tecnologico Tencent ha rilevato il 5% del capitale di Tesla per 2,8mld di$. Un dinamismo di mercato che alimenta congetture sul fabbisogno di cassa dell’azienda in previsione del lancio di produzione della nuova media e la capacità di soddisfare la domanda di acquisto degli oltre 400.000 clienti che l’avevano prenotata. Il rischio è infatti di trovarsi a “metà del guado” con cassa limitata.. sarebbe la posizione più rischiosa per un’acquisizione (favorevole.. od ostile). A parte Tesla l’industria dei nuovi brand della Silicon Valley interamente votati a rivoluzionare la mobilità con veicoli connessi, autonomi e condivisi, fa i conti con la dura realtà. Faraday Future la più chiacchierata azienda americana (con capitali asiatici) è in grande difficoltà e dopo un lancio del loro primo veicolo (la FF91) in grande stile a Gennaio scorso a Las Vegas ha visto una drastica riduzione degli investimenti sulla fabbrica del Nevada (avviata per una piccola porzione rispetto ai piani generali), al quartier generale in California (venduto l’intero lotto di terra dove doveva sorgere una cittadella dell’innovazione), la dipartita di diversi executive da poco assunti (e l’ingresso di altri, come il nuovo CFO) e nessuna certezza sui tempi di produzione e commercializzazione del veicolo (che per la cronaca ha un prezzo stimato in quasi 170mila $). Next EV, altra multinazionale di pochi anni, dopo aver anticipato una vettura supersportiva da corsa con record sul giro realizzato al Nürburgring ha presentato EVE, il concetto per la nuova mobilità. Un veicolo che rappresenta un’emanazione diretta del proprio spazio di vita, come fosse un salotto o un ambiente dove le 4 ruote sono una componente quasi secondaria. Suggestioni.. certo, ma nemmeno troppo lontane nel tempo visto che anche Volkswagen a Ginevra ha presentato Sedric, un veicolo multifunzionale basato sulle stesse premesse concettuali. E per capire quanto le aziende guardino lontano basti pensare ad Airbus che insieme a Italdesign ha portato un prototipo di auto volante proprio nel salone svizzero…. leggi oltre

Articolo completo pubblicato su “Qualenergia” Aprile-Maggio 2017

 

Car sharing, parliamo di business

Una chiacchierata con Gianluca Baldini su “Il Venerdì” di Repubblica

Qualche settimana fa ho fatto un’intervista con Gianluca, parlando di car sharing, nuovi business e criticità. Se ne parla oggi sul Venerdì, ma siccome la “carta stampata” ha sempre limiti di spazio e non è possibile raccontare tutto quello che viene discusso.. ripropongo l’intervista completa.

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G. Come accennavi al telefono, dopo una iniziale euforia, il car sharing si deve scontrare con i numeri del business. analizzando i dati delle maggiori realtà di car sharing in Italia, sono tutti negativi. Come mai? Cosa manca al car sharing italiano per decollare?
C. Il car sharing è un business ad alta complessità e bassa marginalità. E’ nato in Italia attraverso finanziamenti pubblici con progetti piccoli, locali e in perdita. Milano rappresenta “l’eldorado” della sharing mobility ma dopo il grande entusiasmo si iniziano a fare i conti con la realtà. I fattori di successo del car sharing sono legati ai volumi (clienti e noleggi) e al risparmio sui costi di gestione, (qui la tecnologia aiuta molto). Sono poche le città che hanno densità di popolazione e predisposizione spinta all’innovazione tali da ripagare gli investimenti del gestore e ancor più i lunghi tempi necessari prima di arrivare a break-even. Non penso che il car sharing debba decollare perchè non ci sono le premesse strutturali. Può e dovrà evolvere integrando altri modelli di business che includeranno altri target creando un circolo virtuoso.

G. Per questo le società di car sharing in Italia stanno cambiando il loro modello di business (Enjoy che fa pagare dopo il 15esimo minuto di prenotazione, car2go facendo pagare di più se lontani dal centro, senza contare il fallimento di Twist)?
C. Le società in Italia dopo le prime sperimentazioni stanno cercando di adattare le strategie commerciali ai business plan. Lunghe attese gratuite prima di far partire i noleggi  sono troppo onerose per il gestore mentre la ridistribuzione della flotta è una voce talmente alta nella gestione del business che conviene rischiare di perdere dei noleggi o dei clienti piuttosto che non dover spostare tutte le sera decine di auto dalla periferia al centro di Milano.
Twist ha chiuso le attività nonostante avessero cercato un posizionamento strategico  a Milano, ma evidentemente lo sbilanciamento è stato troppo elevato.

G. Il car sharing in Italia così come lo conosciamo è destinato a finire?
C. No, non è destinato a finire ma integrarsi con altre formule. Per Daimler, Car2go è parte della piattaforma Moovel (che comprende molte altre applicazioni sui taxi, trasporti pubblici e non solo), Enjoy ha tentato la diversificazione sullo scooter sharing, mentre si stanno affacciando sul mercato aziende che puntano al carsharing peer to peer (utilizzo di auto tra privati) e servizi di ridesharing (come UBER grande nemico dei taxisti). 

G. Cosa serve per rendere sostenibile un’azienda che offre servizi di car sharing?
C. Il car sharing può sostenersi quando dietro ci sono grandi capitali o grandi gruppi industriali, spesso con molteplici finalità che attutiscono eventuali segni negativi della gestione caratteristica. Non è un caso che le esperienze internazionali portino sempre a fusioni o acquisizioni. 

G. Qual è il paragone con altri Paesi europei?
C. Il panorama è molto vasto, ma gli scenari sempre simili: In Germania uno dei principali gestori sono le FerrovieNazionali. In Francia il gruppo Bollorè ha la più importante quota di mercato con espansioni in America (Indianapolis) Italia (Torino e Roma) e future previsioni in Asia. Sempre basato sul modello tradizionale (rientro dell’auto nella stessa postazione). Players più piccoli sono destinati nel tempo a rientrare in galassie meglio organizzate.
Alcuni gruppi internazionali (Zipcar, leader in America e quotato è stato acquistato qualche anno fa da AVISBudget e puntano a un lento sviluppo in EU, oggi presenti in UK e Austria. Le case automobilistiche invece sono pesantemente entrate nel settore. Perchè intravedono una visione di mercato nuova e complementare.
Negli stati uniti c’è più sperimentazione: flightcar.com è un car sharing che ti permette di usare auto di privati che sono in viaggio e lasciano la vettura a gestore in Aeroporto durante la loro assenza.. Personalmente lo uso in ogni viaggio in California ed è assolutamente conveniente. A Los Angeles pochi giorni fa è stato presentato un nuovo car sharing, basato sulla brandizzazione e utilizzo della pubblicità sui veicoli waivecar Prima sperimentazione realistica di un diverso business case. Senza dimenticare la rincorsa di Ford/Bmw e GM che stanno annunciando investimenti milionari e nuove business unit dedite a sperimentare e costruire nuovi modelli e servizi.