The concept of the automobile is facing the most radical transformation since its initial invention more than a hundred years ago: Electrification of the powertrain allows for zero emission of pollutants and greenhouse gases, automation of the car increases road safety and reduces energy consumption, and shared operation of the vehicle fleet ensures an efficient usage of limited resources such as road space for driving and parking.
At the same time, all of these three features support each other in synergetic ways, giving rise to disruptive innovation. The concept of the future vehicle will surely cover a range of new options from self-driving shuttle buses to shared pods and robots for the delivery of goods, but it may also include cars for individual use such a super-light and long-range electric vehicles that are fun to drive.
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