The micromobility trend being driven by COVID-19 will lead to greater investment in autonomous vehicles and electric vehicles. Alex Salkever, co-author of “The Driver in the Driverless Car” declared that possible outcome during the May 27 Ipsos What the Future panel discussion on the future of the automotive sector.
“If you asked people five years ago if an executive would ride a scooter to work, they would say, “No way,’” he said. “Today, lots of them are doing it. As you remove more cars from city streets—which I think is going to happen in the not-too-distant future—then autonomous vehicles become a lot more viable, because the environments are lot less confusing and, frankly, there are fewer humans to gum up the works behind the wheel of a car.”
Salkever and other transportation experts and Ipsos mobility experts discussed that and more during the online segment of a daylong Ipsos automotive summit. Among the topics, they debated which transportation trends will accelerate and which will slip or reverse as COVID-19 keeps people close to home.
As part of the ongoing What the Future series, this session featured a virtual “fireside chat” between Dr. Behice Ilhan, senior trend strategist and brand futurist for Mintel, and Oscar Yuan, president of Ipsos Strategy3. Then, Dr. Namika Sagara, president of the Behavioral Science Center at Ipsos, spoke on habits, how they’re formed and which might stick. They closed the session with a panel discussion between Alex Salkever; Aaron Renn, urban theorist; and John Kiser, senior vice president of Ipsos US Clinics & Mobility Labs. You can watch the session here.