For the coming years, the automotive sector will focus its R&D efforts on three priorities: ramp up the development of electric vehicles, develop advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles, and lastly, deploy mobility services. On the other hand, manufacturers are taking advantage of the e-commerce boom to invest in the distribution market.
The arrival of new approval cycles (WLTP, RDE, etc.) and regulations concerning emissions (Euro6c, 95g CO2/km in 2020) has pushed car manufacturers to step up the deployment of “electrified” powertrains (hybrid and plug-in hybrid).
There is also technological competition in the advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS) market, as companies aim to develop fully autonomous cars. They are focusing their efforts on perfecting ADAS detection systems, artificial intelligence, vehicle to vehicle (V2V) communication and vehicle to infrastructure (V2i) communication.
With the widespread access to smartphones, we are also observing the development of mobility services such as Blablacar, OuiCar or Uber, these new IT players, primarily start-ups. According to the consulting firm Ptolemus, this market is estimated to reach $350 billion by 2020. The widespread development of e-commerce has also brought consumers closer to producers: car manufacturers and equipment suppliers are now eyeing the distribution sector.