Private car journeys are predicted to decrease 10% by 2030 in large cities, marking the tipping point for sustainable mobility, according to Kantar’s Mobility Futures study.
The fall will come as the sharing economy grows, along with the rise of autonomous vehicles and an aging population.
Consistent with this, IDTechEx’s Robot Shuttles and Autonomous Buses 2020-2040 report found that robot shuttle sales will take off around 2030.
IDTechEx predicts that 8-20-person vehicles will be able to go indoors and over piazzas and roads, performing different tasks.
The researchers predict city road congestion will be eliminated by removing little-used private cars, replacing them for robot shuttles.
With 37 worldwide projects, autonomous shuttles are already the basis of the smart city Toyota is building at the foot of Mount Fuji.