Partner & Managing Director, Detroit
New York -- Consumers’ knowledge and use of ride-hailing and other “shared-mobility” services are quickly transforming transportation around the world, which in turn could lead to a transformation of the traditional auto industry faster than many expect. That’s according to a survey of more than 5,000 consumers in major cities in seven key automotive markets—China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States—looking at ride-hailing, car-sharing and other transportation services released today by AlixPartners, the global consulting firm.
The broad-based survey offers important insights into the impacts that vehicle-sharing of various kinds could have in the future, both for consumers and for the companies that aim to serve them.
Among the key findings:
Mark Wakefield, global co-head of the automotive and industrials practice at AlixPartners, said: “Shared mobility, especially ride-hailing, is transforming how people around the world use vehicles—including, critically, whether they’re willing to continue to pay for a very expensive asset that for most sits unused for the majority of any given day. Over time, we expect these trends to have a growing, and perhaps dramatic, impact on personal-vehicle ownership rates, meaning that both the traditional auto industry and new entrants alike need to start adapting quickly.”
About the survey
The AlixPartners survey was conducted May 19 to June 28, 2017, depending on the country, and polled a total of 5,046 consumers in major cities in seven key automotive markets—China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States—about their awareness, usage and attitudes toward shared mobility, and its effect on their ownership of personal vehicles. The major cities by country were: China: Beijing, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Shanghai, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Wuhan and Xi’an; France: Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris and Toulouse; Germany: Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich; Italy: Bari, Bologna, Catania, Florence, Genoa, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Rome and Turin; Japan: Nagoya, Osaka and Tokyo; the U.K.: Birmingham, London and Manchester; and the U.S.: Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Portland, San Francisco-Oakland, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
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