Automakers must respond to political drive to take cars off the road

Van-based ride-pooling could plug gaps in city public transport networks whilst taking cars off the road, and German automakers are very interested. By Xavier Boucherat

Back in December 2016, Volkswagen established its newest business unit: Moia, a mobility service with ambitions of becoming a leading service provider by 2025. It made VW the latest automaker to branch out into the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) market, a move which could prove essential for the company’s long-term health. Virtually every automaker is now exploring options for ride-hailing, car-sharing and ride-pooling provision.

Today the automotive industry finds itself in a time in which, on the one hand, interest in personal ownership is declining, particularly in cities where the idea is impractical; on the other hand, there is a political drive in markets worldwide to take cars off the road. This could reduce inner-city congestion, lower emissions and improve public health.

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