The evolution of urban mobility and its services is at a cornerstone. While it is widely recognized that electric vehicles are cheaper to build, maintain and operate, their use in mobility services is avoided due to battery range and charging stations availability concerns. By combining electric vehicles and mobility services, reduction of cars on the roads and energy cost could be achieved. However, such interconnection of mobility services and electric vehicles does not exist for driver-owned car-sharing services.
The rapidly growing interest in driverless cars is leading to the belief that these would create the necessary human dependency of electric vehicles and car-sharing services.Driverless cars are envisioned to significantly reduce the cost of car-sharing services. This is why, Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick is taking action in the effort of developing Uber’s own driverless capabilities. Travis Kalanick states that:
“The reason Uber could be expensive is because you’re not just paying for the car — you’re paying for the other dude in the car. When there’s no other dude in the car, the cost of taking an Uber anywhere becomes cheaper than owning a vehicle.”
Moreover, electric vehicles facilitate the rapid development and testing of driverless technology, while simplifying car design and cost.