Predicting how mobility exactly will look like is difficult. Future innovations will probably blow our 2018 minds, but one thing is for sure: it is all about getting from A to B, flexibly and in a as much as possible sustainable way. Business Lease stays on top of coming changes and co-worked with its Innovation Lab in a thorough research on the Future of Mobility. A sneak preview of their findings.
We live in a fast digital era where technology creates new opportunities every single day. The Netherlands is front runner in a lot of innovations. Recent research in The Netherlands has identified a number of trends extending onto the horizon of 2030. To name but a few:
- The trend towards larger cars in premium brands continues
- Diesel dips, whereas alternative powertrains go up
- With cities getting overcrowded the transition from ownership to usership increases
- Flexible pay-per-use models will take off
- New technologies enable self-driving and flying cars
- High-end telematics increase the safety of road transport
- The Internet-of-Things further personalizes mobility by connecting cars to other data sources
Drone taxis in Dubai
The changes are already tangible and go even further than many of us realize. Verkuil: ‘The taxis in Dubai are drones and there are smart refrigerators that tell you when you’ve run out of cheese or eggs. Developments are moving incredibly fast, including in the automotive world. Two years ago, for instance, Business Lease participated in a test with autonomously driving cars on the A2 Motorway in the Netherlands. It’s high time we think with businesses about the changes and help them create a plan for the future. This allows them to respond to new trends, such as creating a more flexible mobility strategy for employees who prefer not to have company car.’
Greener and greener
We also know there will be way less cars and cars will be greener. Companies as well as drivers want to contribute to a smaller ecological footptint. There will be less cars than now of which the majority being EV. Emission of C02 further reduces. And vehicle fleets become more and more sustainable: future cars will last longer because they have less moving parts.
These changes impact mobility
Key to future success is real-time fleet management that meets ones personal preferences. Business Lease already offers plenty of flexibility to both employer and user, with an approach that is responsive to current and future conditions. We are continuously developing products and services through which we offer users the mobility solution that best suits his or her needs.
On top of that our Innovation Lab is dedicated to developing innovative concepts that add both value and growth to current fleets. Our Innovation Lab answers customers’ direct needs by accelerating ideas into concrete measures and tangibles. To give an example, currently a test in fuel savings is running with 5 customers taking part. It appears that cars rigged with such an aerodynamic skid plate experience a fuel consumption reduction of around 15%.
Impact on your business
So if it’s about flying cars, passenger drones, public transport passes, talking traffic, e-bikes, self-driving SUVs or any other form of flexible and sustainable ways of transportation: future innovations will ask for adapted fleet strategies.
The transition to a flexible, future-proof fleet can be complex, but Business Lease is here to help. Please do not hesitate to contact us and share thoughts about your current and future needs. Our tools – think workshops, profound questionnaires etcetera – can even help to explore the (un)known.