Eighty four percent of global respondents and 83% in the U.S. expect autonomous vehicles to be introduced in “islands of autonomy,” metropolitan markets with unique mixes of consumer living, working and travel patterns which will drive requirements for locally tailored delivery services according to the 2019 KPMG Global Automotive Executive Survey.
The KPMG Research which polled nearly 1,000 executives (including 110 in the United States) from leading automotive companies found:
“For OEMs the question has gone from if autonomous vehicles will revolutionize the automotive and transportation sectors to where and how,” said Gary Silberg, (@slfdriveSilberg) KPMG’s Automotive sector leader. “A trillion dollar plus market is emerging around driverless vehicles coupled with mobility services and for OEMs the race is on. Those who innovate successfully combined with the emergence of smart cities will be the powerhouse players in this new automotive ecosystem.”
In conjunction with the executive survey, KPMG also surveyed 2,000 consumers from 40 countries (178 from the United States) to compare their perspectives. When it comes to consumer expectations for the roll out of autonomous vehicles there were significant differences between global consumers and those based in the U.S.
“Autonomous delivery vehicles will take trends begun by e-commerce and drive them forward at an unprecedented rate,” said Tom Mayor, KPMG’s strategy lead for Industrial Manufacturing. “Consumers will reduce their personal miles traveled for shopping as the delivery of goods will be requested with the push of a button and executed as quickly as the same hour. The result will be a monumental change in consumer behavior -- and a global transformation for the retail, automobile and transportation industries.”