It’s becoming clear that the reality of all these high-tech mobility ideas we envision making our lives so much easier will be driven by factors like policies and behavior, as much as by all that new technology we tend to get excited about. It also appears that the lessons being learned in the United States, China and India could prove to be pivotal in helping to build and sustain more efficient mobility systems around the world, according to the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI).
- The United States, China and India will play a critical role in the future of mobility, beyond technology.
- Policies, economics, infrastructure and behavioral norms will have a profound impact on the future of mobility.
- India, China and the U.S. highlight a number of unique dynamics when assessing and planning future mobility strategies.
Factors like policy, infrastructure and behavior have a profound impact on mobility initiatives. (Image: Rocky Mountain Institute)
More than technology
A recent study by RMI found that the United States, China and India can offer a lot of insight on how to build and sustain robust ecosystems for new-gen mobility ideas.
The report contends that some of the mobility challenges and successes in all three countries can be used as learning tools to accelerate the mass adoption of electric vehicles, shared mobility and autonomous vehicles.
For example, the report suggests that while the costs of EV batteries are expected to fall within the scope of those of combustion vehicles in the next 5 – 10 years in all three countries, policies in China, which significantly rewards drivers of electric vehicles, could help to expedite the adaptation of EVs in other markets. The report also notes that America’s deep, historical ties to automobiles presents some unique challenges in the area of shared mobility, when compared to places like China and India, where people might not have as strong of a cultural connection to owning a car.
In addition, the RMI report pointed out that the United States, China and India could benefit from establishing more uniform, national guidelines for the use of AVs.
WHY THIS MATTERS
Typically, we tend to focus most of our attention on the role that technology will play in the future of mobility. The Rocky Mountain Institute report reminds us of how the hope for more efficient and seamless modes of transportation will also be shaped by other factors like policies, which you, the consumer, can actually help to address.