Paying for Connectivity and Autonomy
Technologies that enable self-driving cars and vehicle-to-vehicle communications offer benefits. But will the value great enough to make consumers willing to pay for it?
The answer is “yes,” says Eric Hoarau, senior director of automotive technology and business development for Flex. The company helps carmakers develop connected-car systems that U.S. safety officials say could eliminate some 500,000 crashes per year—and deliver an array of useful mobility services into the vehicle.
Such features are likely to cost $350 initially, Hoarau says. But he cites National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data that predicts costs will drop to $250 or less as installations grow.
China car-sharing giant DiDi Chuxing plans to invest $1 billion into its new Xiaoju Automobile Solutions business.
Honda Motor Co. is launching a “SmartCharge” pilot program that allows customers to coordinate charging times for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid for non-peak grid times.
Aptiv plc is launching a fleet of 30 autonomous vehicles that will operate as part of Lyft Inc.’s ride-hailing network in Las Vegas.