Above: Mercedes Benz Autonomous Car Two mega trends are coming together: The Collaborative Economy and the Autonomous World, which means shared mobility from self-driving cars. Early this year, we published a research report on the Business Models of Self-Driving Cars, and we’ve presented our findings at a number of industry events. A commonly asked question is: “In the future, will we even own cars?” I want to share a few scenarios that are likely to emerge. Today’s 3-year-old toddlers are unlikely to ever learn how to drive. With autonomous cars already making their debut now, and then en masse in 2021, per Ford and others, these toddlers are unlikely to require driving skills in the year 2031. Here are four … Continue readingSo Who’s Really Going to Own Autonomous Cars? There’s Four Scenarios.
Facebook Joins the Collaborative Economy Facebook has announced the launch of its Marketplace, a new feature in four countries that enables users to buy and sell their used goods using Facebook connections. While Facebook’s strongest advantage is a network of trusted users, it must develop more sophisticated features to compete against established players. But it has a good start, as the environmental benefits of Facebook Marketplace for helping individuals reuse goods rather than send them to the junk yard will be of particular help for many migrating students, new families, or those seeking to change up their personal items. Market Timing: Existing Startups Under Fire At a macro level, the startups in the Collaborative Economy Honeycomb are undergoing a shakeup as … Continue readingFacebook joins the Collaborative Economy with Marketplace