From the development of the self-driving car to its integration in the smart city
Corum - Montpellier
The self-driving car may open up the automotive industry to newcomers, depending on their aptitudes in electronic and digital technologies, but insiders already fear a value migration towards the GAFA companies and their services. The autonomous vehicle is also seen as a key driver in the OEM servicisation strategy, which will have an impact on the customer relationship as not only the product (the car) will be transformed, but also the consumption model with the development of various « car as a service » solutions, kicked off by ride sharing services like Uber.
The future of transportation is therefore very much bound up with urban transport services, so the smart city will play a key role in the development of the autonomous car as cities will also be required to invest in the costly infrastructure that cars will need to communicate with. This will take time and is one of the key issues. The smart city concept will need to develop by taking into account various requirements, and anticipating change in terms of applications, technologies to deploy, etc.