The Only Thing We Can Count On In CAV Is Change
How ACES (Autonomous, Connected, Electric, Shared) mobility and the technology industry are accelerating the pace of change in CAV
The Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) industry continues to see ever faster changes, more like the technology industry that has fueled the national economy over the last 40 years. In the next 40 years, it is highly likely that the CAV world will experience the same level of change. So, if there is one thing we can count on across the course of our careers it is that the rate of change has accelerated due to the introduction of so many new technologies into the industry and from so many different platforms.
The automotive industry is seeing remarkable changes from the traditional ecosystem, from new OEM market entries such as Tesla, BYD, Geely, and many more rumored to be developing in China. New partnerships are announced or rumored almost every week from Ford and Volkswagen, to Honda and GM, and even closer collaboration between all of the German OEMs. Additionally, we are seeing new positioning from Tier 1 companies; from APTIV building and operating their Fleet of AVs to critical technology companies like Apple, Google, AWS, and many others entering the OEM value chain.
On the Public Sector and Infrastructure Operator side, we are just beginning to see the influx of new technologies and business models, and although these changes (MOD, MaaS, Micro Mobility, Slow Speed Shuttles, TNC’s, etc) seem quite daunting and rapid for a public agency to deal with it is unlikely that we are near the tipping point of the introduction of these new solutions and capabilities into the CAV industry. So to prepare for this next 10 years or more, embrace the change, be an active learner, and focus on your mission whether it is safety, mobility, or efficiency, and enjoy the most transformative time in our industry in the last 100 years.