Passengers will also benefit from the new mobility concept, as the vehicles offer more comfort and - provided they are equipped with an electric drive - have lower purchase and operating costs than conventional cars, for example due to the elimination of oil changes and less wear on the brake system.
The comparatively simple design and the representation of many driving and comfort functions via software make the use of these vehicles inexpensive. "We expect mileage costs of between EUR 0.5 and 0.8," explains Wolfgang Bernhart, Partner at Roland Berger. "Vehicles in this category are thus among the cheapest options for moving around in a car. Only real Robocabs without drivers will be even cheaper at less than 0.3 euros per kilometre".
There is also potential in the market for car-sharing services, which are on the rise worldwide. Because the demand for passenger transport independent of your own car continues to increase. Experts at Roland Berger predict that global demand for special vehicles for mobility service providers will rise to around one million units by 2020. By 2025, it should be as high as 2.5 million new cars.
"The main driver here is China with a market share of at least 60 percent, but the market for such models will also continue to grow in Europe and the USA," predicts Jan-Philipp Hasenberg. "This is an important growth market that no manufacturer can ignore."