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Autonomous machines in the fast lane?

The path forward to autonomy in agriculture, construction and material handling

Imagine a field with a fleet of unmanned harvesters or a quarry in which driverless trucks transport rocks. Is this a sciencefiction scene? It actually is not: off-highway (OH) vehicles, primarily or exclusively used on private property, are autonomous pioneers in many ways. All major OEMs develop...

After the hype: Where is the carbon car?

Opportunities for carbon composites in the automotive industry

In 2013, the “carbon hype” in the automotive industry reached a peak when BMW presented an electric mega-city vehicle, the i3, with a fully carbon body. At that time, EVs and stricter CO2 targets were expected to bring the breakthrough for carbon fiber cars. However, five years later, applications...

Future of automotive mobility – reloaded

How end-customer perspective has developed on key mobility trends

Key findings of Arthur D. Little’s new worldwide automotive market report are that desire for car ownership remains strong, especially amongst the young, and that drivers are considering a dramatic switch to electric and hybrid vehicles (EVs). This will impact manufacturer and supplier engine...

Capacity effect of autonomous vehicles

Impact of autonomous vehicles on the capacity of traffic

Arthur D. Little conducted a real-world simulation analysis that demonstrates that switching to totally autonomous vehicles dramatically reduces urban congestion, but that a mix of human and robot drivers actually increases traffic jams. The micro-simulation was based on a major intersection in...
Automotive, Strategy, Organization & transformation

Electric mobility roll-out in Latin America

ADL explores success factors for premium BEV roll-out in Latin America

Market introduction of full battery electric vehicles (BEVs) is, in many aspects, more complex than launching regular internal combustion engine cars (ICEs), and therefore represents a challenge in itself. However, it is an even greater challenge in emerging markets, where importers and dealers...

When will the electric vehicle dream become a reality?

Insight on the inflection point

Ever since the Government of India made public its intention to electrify all new vehicles by 2030, a sudden wave of excitement has gripped the global automotive industry. Several global and local OEMs in India have begun work on their respective India electric vehicle (EV) strategies. Arthur D....
Automotive, Strategy, Organization & transformation

Electric vehicles and electric utilities

A clear opportunity with many shapes

While several stakeholders are supportive of the widespread adoption of electric vehicles, we have looked specifically at electric utilities to understand the opportunities that such a change in the transportation landscape can generate, and define the key questions to be addressed in order to...
Automotive, Utilities & alternative energy

Retail network – Radical changes ahead

Dealers’ future business models need to evolve towards a mobility-solutions hub

Technological disruptions and new client needs are causing the automotive industry to evolve toward a model based on mobility services. Mobility on demand will become its greatest component, which will require transitioning from a product model to a service model. Therefore, dealers...

Car sharing in China: another storm in city mobility

The booming car-sharing business in China, its challenges and key success factors

After Didi acquired Uber China in 2016, the fierce battle between the two chauffeur giants came to an end, resulting in a large customer pool that was well educated on new urban mobility. Now the battle in city mobility continues, with another storm coming in – car sharing. Arthur D. Little...

Identifying new growth frontiers in Indian passenger

Building a case to develop an online platform leveraging used-car sales data to penetrate tier-three cities in India

India may be the third-largest passenger vehicle market by 2020, clocking 5 million units in annual sales. A strong demand, growing market and a thriving supplier ecosystem have attracted several players in the Indian passenger market in the last 8 years, the most recent being Jeep and Kia Motors....