Auto Futures event – Smart Cities, New Solutions discussed the arrival of services that were unthinkable before smart phones and spoke to industry experts about smart mobility.
Moderated by Michael Liebreich, CEO Liebreich Associates, Auto Futures live held a panel discussion that set out to debunk mobility ‘myths’ and question ‘megatrends’.
Natasha Patel, Associate Director KPMG said that the network of professional service firms believes that by 2030 70% of car sales will be electric and that electric vehicles are becoming ‘normal’ to talk about. Patel also spoke about how societal pressure to not pollute could help to speed up the introduction of electric vehicles into society.
Erik Fairbairn, CEO Pod Point, supported Patel’s statement by saying that he was expecting a fairly busy few years and that he thinks it may even be more than 70% of cars that are electric. ‘I think that it’s amazing that we’ve just Natasha say that cars are going to be electrified by 2030 and there wasn’t a sing sharp intake of breathe,’ said Fairbairn.
Chief Operating Officer at shared transportation company Zeelo, Stéphanie Rivet spoke about how they are trying to move people away from single occupancy cars. ‘By using data analysis, surveys, social media and Macrotrends, we are building routes around travellers needs,’ explained Rivet. Smart cities are growing in population and these extra people need to be able to travel efficiently and smartly, Rivet suggested shared transportation can solve this problem, ‘We need to change the way that we see sharing transportation with others,’ concluded Rivet.
A lack of choice in key markets as well as charging points, could be ‘putting people off moving away from traditional forms of transportation, said The Climate Groups Corporate Partnerships Director, Mike Peirce. Pressure from governments and authorities to ensure that we push an environmentally friendly transport agenda is also needed, said Peirce.
Liebreich considered, that with more people to cater for, congestion and the issue of climate change, which solution is best? Experts from Auto Future’s first live event seem to be in agreement that electric vehicles and shared transportation could hold the key to our problems, and when asked for a show of hands, around 70% of the audience also agreed that electric vehicles could and should be fully implemented by 2050.