This week’s News on Ridesharing, Electric Vehicles and Mobility

Quartz has a great analysis on ING’s report about the advent of electric vehicles. Which means, in fact, the death of the dead-dinosaur based vehicles by 2035.

From 2020 onwards, ING analysts say, more efficient next-generation battery technology will put an end to range anxiety. Battery-pack costs will drop rapidly, closing the price gap between electric and internal combustion engines completely by 2028. When it comes to total cost of ownership (buying, maintaining, powering, etc.) they say that by 2024, a Volkswagen e-Golf should save its owner a total of €2.500 ($2,800) a year compared to a comparable petrol car.

And here is another great prediction: no steering wheel in 2 decades! That is Elon Musk of course and we have all the reasons to believe him.

Within 20 years, he said driving a car will be like having a horse (i.e. rare and totally optional). “There will not be a steering wheel.”

INC. gives some great tips about what to do in a ridesharing accident.

If you are in a ridesharing accident, whether you are the driver or the passenger, you need to be prepared. Drivers should move the car out of traffic, call police and EMS if necessary, and signal other drivers using hazard lights, cones, or flares. Passengers should gather as much information as they can about the driver, including which company they work for, their contact information, and their insurance information. After the accident, you will have to decide whether to hire a lawyer, because oftentimes navigating the system requires a professional, and it can be especially difficult if you are seriously injured.

Renault-Nissan feels the ride-hailing stream is going mainstream and they want to be part of this. Their next generation vehicles are going to compete with services like Uber, Lyft or Taxify.

“The alliance would begin self-driving services based on its electric cars “certainly within 10 years, though not likely before 2020. We think that the big opportunity for us is in automation, electric vehicles and ride-sharing and hailing together” (Ogi Redzic, Head of Connected Vehicles, Renault Nissan).

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Drive with care and ride safe.

Lucian.