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Automesse IAA plans for robotaxis take shape News

Sunday, September 17th, 2017 | Economy

A car with comfortable seat shells, which automatically takes passengers without a driver's license from A to B whenever they want. Still, there are only designs that Audi, Daimler or VW present at the Automesse IAA in Frankfurt. But it is a big step forward to the goal of a car without handlebars and pedals.
"We are as close to autonomous driving as ever," said Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche. In the main hall, the Stuttgarter presented a concept car for their Stadflitzers Smart. VW brought the four-seater "Sedric" already shown in spring. The VW subsidiary Audi presented as a design vision the luxury limousine "Aicon", equipped with the virtual assistant Pia, who can adjust the desired music or send the car to the favorite restaurant.
Audi Aicon Concept https://t.co/8M65oHSbhZ pic.twitter.com/Su96dcIgHG
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The autonomous cars of the future are to increase enormously the comfort of the mobility according to the promises of the manufacturers. According to experts, they also open huge business opportunities when car sharing becomes a mass phenomenon. In ten years, for instance, the industry expects that fully auto- mated cars will enter the market. They are suitable for travel services, which are billed per route. In spite of all the skepticism about autonomous driving, the use of cars without a steering wheel and pedal will be carried out by 2030. According to PwC, the consultancy company estimated that 40 percent of the kilometers traveled would be covered. "Today, a customer is the buyer, in the future is the customer of the users," says PwC auto expert Christoph Stürmer.
According to a survey conducted by Roland Berger, 46 percent of consumers around the world would be without a car for autonomous driving taxis. Germany is even slightly above the international average. "The attitude of German consumers has changed considerably, supported by the trend towards a shared economy," explains Wolfgang Bernhart, Partner at Roland Berger. "New business models are thus coming to the fore." Robotaxis as an alternative to one's own vehicle could significantly accelerate the development in the coming years.
The carers have to invest
The market volume, including all variants of car sharing, estimates PwC worldwide in 2030 to 2.2 trillion dollars, as much as the entire e-commerce market today. The new services will reduce the number of vehicles, according to the PwC study in Europe about 80 to 200 million. Nevertheless, new car sales will continue to grow. Today, a car is scrapped on average after 17 years. Split cars would be thrown away after four years and replaced by new ones because of their much more frequent use.
However, because of many competing suppliers, according to PwC estimates for the cars per vehicle less sales than today. Car owners, energy suppliers, IT companies such as Google and cities are also buzzing about this market. Of the annual expenditures of an average household of 13,000 Euros, 62 per cent remained in the coffers of car-makers and suppliers, in the future only 24 per cent. "The caravans have to invest, at the same time the profit breaks away," says PwC expert Alex Koster. "We will therefore see further consolidation – be it mergers or partnerships."
(Reuters)

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