A whole new transport system will be needed to respond to this new vehicle autonomy where mobility-as-a-service replaces conventional vehicle ownership. Today, 90% of vehicles are in private ownership and used only 5% of their time. In a world of autonomy this will be reversed and used for 50% of their time. With this level of usage the vehicles will have to be engineered in very different ways to meet the new application.
The impact of this changes the long established model of car ownership, which in turn will have a massive effect on vehicle manufacturers. The value of the car industry will be more centred on the control and management of the system and the data they collect rather than the design and manufacture of cars. How and the speed in which the industry responds to this challenge will set the scene for MaaS and create new opportunities.
Within MaaS vehicles are provided as a service, hence their manufacture, maintenance and availability will have to change to respond to this new market, the industry itself will adopt ‘servitization’ techniques to produce vehicles with high mass usage rates.
Who will provide the non-partisan view, who can impartially advise and guide government in this game changing technology? Cranfield University and the HVM Catapult working collaboratively will apply TES thinking to this challenge and provide thought leadership to UK industry and policy makers. It will answer the question: “What is the British solution to maximise the UK opportunity for this High Value Manufacturing revolution?”
This cannot be left for the industry giants to decide on the strategy. The challenge is that the strategic response to this revolution is, in itself, a competitive advantage and that it is very unlikely that the response will be shared widely around the industry. The inexorable rise of autonomous vehicles and how TES can enable the industry to respond, is a key opportunity for the UK and the advanced manufacturing community.