SAE level 4 (no human interaction required in autonomous vehicles), vision zero and shared mobility won’t be happening in 2020.  - Graphic courtesy of Merchants Fleet.

SAE level 4 (no human interaction required in autonomous vehicles), vision zero and shared mobility won’t be happening in 2020. 

Graphic courtesy of Merchants Fleet.

In 2020, 10.46 million more connected cars will be added to roadways worldwide. This will mark the year of 2020 as the advent of cooperative mobility, according to global tech market advisory firm ABI Research.

In its new whitepaper “54 Technology Trends to Watch in 2020,” ABI Research's analysts have identified 35 trends that will shape the technology market and 19 others that look less likely to move the needle over the next year.

SAE level 4 (no human interaction required in autonomous vehicles), vision zero and shared mobility won’t be happening in 2020. 

"At one point, 2020 seemed a distant target, a long-term horizon over which the technology trends that have dominated the automotive scene for the last 10 years — electrification, connectivity, autonomous driving — would all have harmonized to deliver safer, more efficient transportation for all. It's not going to happen in 2020, or much before 2025," said James Hodgson, smart mobility and automotive principal analyst at ABI Research.  

The report did find that 2020 will see the advent of cooperative mobility and the expansion of micro-mobility.

"Driving is a multi-agent problem, with many of today's accidents and inefficiencies due to poor communication and coordination between the various road users,” said Maite Bezerra, smart mobility and automotive analyst at ABI Research. “The year 2020 will see the advent of more cooperative forms of mobility, with 107 million connected cars on the road starting to share data messages about road and traffic conditions to allow other connected vehicles to anticipate hazards and improve traffic flow."

The first phase will take the form of low-bandwidth, high-latency communication via the Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network between connected cars and data ingestion platforms to enable applications like ice and oil hazard warnings and lane-level traffic assistance. 

"In 2020, an increase in different micro-mobility transportation methods will be seen, even though the bike share market crashed in 2018," said Hodgson. 

The crash from China's large market players, Mobike, Obike, and Ofo, has encouraged European and American-based service providers to ratify their market models so that they were not distributing at an aggressive rate, according to the report.

"Micro-mobility methods of transportations, such as e-bikes and scooters, are now being marketed in the European and North American markets especially and are proving quite successful as providers plan to increase their fleet sizes," added Hodgson.

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