The future of mobility will undoubtedly be dominated by the fully automated car. Sophisticated electronics and a multitude of sensors control the vehicle environment and take over the actual driving. All renowned automotive and IT companies worldwide are developing such self-driving cars. The first to be actively tested on the road within various pilot projects are Robo Cabs. This is shown by the study “MIND-SHIFT: A Compendium on Future Mobility, Circularity and New Urbanism“, which the media monitoring company pressrelations surveyed in spring 2022 using FirstSignals®, an early detection method. The development of mobility was analysed on the basis of reporting in the most important German- and English-language leading media.
Robo Cabs are self-driving or driverless taxis that are already in use around the globe. However, in almost all cases a driver is still on board for safety reasons. The Google company Waymo has been offering a Robo Cab Service in San Francisco since 2021, which is considered a milestone due to the difficult road conditions there. The Intel subsidiary Mobileye, the technological leader in sensors for autonomous driving, wants to put Robo Cabs on the road in the USA in 2024 with up to 14 seats and is currently also testing this with Sixt in Munich. The Chinese tech giant Baidu wants to have Robo Cabs driving in 65 cities in 2025. They are all convinced that this market represents a sales potential of several hundred billion euros.
For Dr Hans Hamer, CEO of SHIFT Mobility, the study is a seismograph for the coming trends in mobility. Robo Cabs and the whole field of autonomous driving will play an important role.