CES 2019 takeaways: Evolution of Mobility
"There is a growing demand for ride-hailing and ride-sharing from the younger generation. However, for older individuals with families and for most of the United States, living in suburbs and owning cars are still quite important," Mercedes-Benz USA CASE (Connected, Autonomous, Shared, Electric) General Manager Heiko Schmidt said.
"The size of a car's infotainment screen and connectivity is becoming more of a differentiator than horsepower and torque," said Ford Motor Company research and advanced engineering director James Buczkowsky.
Byton launches M-Byte SUV at CES 2019 with 48-inch display screen (source: Byton)
Meanwhile, Cox Automotive Executive Publisher Karl Brauer said that autonomous vehicle (AV) demand has dropped to level 2 desirability from level 4 about a year ago, following negative press on AV accidents in 2018.
"Awareness of AV technology, however, is definitely up," he added.
Finally, "leasing cars via subscription service is a good way to seed new technologies such as electric vehicles. This gives users a way to test the market," said Clutch Technologies president Vince Zappa.
Top Photo: Evolution of Mobility discussion at CES 2019. From left to right: Karl Brauer, Heiko Schmidt, Vince Zapa, James Buczkowsky (source: Global Fleet)