IHS Markit forecasts that by 2023, worldwide sales of connected cars will reach 72.5 million units, up from 24 million units in 2015. That means, in just over eight years, almost 69% of passenger vehicles sold will be exchanging data with external sources, bringing new services and business models to bear in automotive markets.
Autonomous vehicles represent another major force transforming the industry. IHS Markit forecasts total global sales of self-driving cars will reach 21 million in the year 2035, up from nearly 600,000 units in 2025. Between now and 2035, therefore, nearly 76 million vehicles with some level of autonomy will be sold globally.
Which countries, cities, OEMs and suppliers are leading the way? A wide variety of players is impacting the space.
- Singapore has been first out of the gate, designating a driverless vehicle testbed in the one-north business park, working with MIT spinoff nuTonomy and mobility services provider Grab to bring a fleet of fully autonomous vehicles to select users of the ride-hailing service
- Supplier Delphi is bringing a similar service with cloud-based mobility-on-demand software; Delphi and Mobileye recently announced a partnership to develop an SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) L4/L5 autonomous vehicle system – the level at which no human intervention is needed – by 2019
- Ford announced it is developing an SAE L4 autonomous vehicle for launch in 2021
- BMW is working with Mobileye and Intel on a similar initiative and timeline
- General Motors has invested in ride-hailing company Lyft and launched its own Maven mobility brand
- Uber and Volvo have also announced a joint program of autonomous vehicle development for pilot deployment in Philadelphia