Living Mobility

By Patrick Ayad, Global Leader Mobility and Transportation and Lance Bultena, Senior Counsel, Mobility and Transportation at Hogan Lovells

What is Living Mobility? It is easier to say what it is not.  The automotive industry is no longer focused on the traditional vehicle.  Not only are the vehicles changing but we are now focused on mobility: different modes of travel for people and goods all connected in new and evolving ways.  As this sector changes it will also change how we live because it will change how we move, are connected and even what we do.  Living Mobility is an attempt to capture this vibrant evolution of not just our vehicles, and of our mobility networks, but of how we live.

Changes of this magnitude take time.  But the rate of change is rapid.  Companies development of technology and with it new business models will combine with changes in consumer demand and government regulation to create the future.  Change of this magnitude generates a host of novel business, legal and policy issues.  We envision Living Mobility broadly with four key characteristics: Living Mobility is Objective, Inclusive, Sustainable and Unifying.

These four elements comprise various opportunities and challenges, which are highlighted in our Living Mobility Spotlight Q&A Series. We have just published the first sequence of the series, and the following abstracts provide an overview of the topics covered so far:

Living Mobility is Objective: Spotlight on AI and Consumer Trust

Objective Living Mobility broadly encompasses fairness and transparency in the use of new mobility-improving technologies.  As artificial intelligence (AI) paves the way for increasingly integrated transport systems, manufacturers are joining forces with service providers and software developers to deliver innovative mobility solutions.  But the promise of AI-enabled transport is not without its challenges.  Connecting all hurdles is the crucial need to build consumer trust. Mark Brennan discusses a few of these challenges and the overarching importance of prioritizing consumer trust. Read More

Living Mobility is Inclusive: Spotlight on 5G-Enabled Accessibility

Inclusive Living Mobility encompasses equity and transparency in the use of mobility-improving technologies.  Service providers, disability advocates and automakers are working together to address some of the mobility challenges experienced by people with disabilities.  Potential solutions include automated and standardized transit functions that otherwise require the assistance of other people.  But automating and standardizing functions require a reliable signal and the lower latency made possible by 5G. Ari Fitzgerald discusses a few of the challenges specific to 5G and accessible transport options. Read More

Living Mobility is Sustainable: Spotlight on Climate Change and EVs

Environmental sustainability is a primary goal of the mobility future many envision.  To reduce the environmental impact of transportation, sustainable energy sources are needed and transportation modes need to minimize GHG production.  Electric Vehicles (EVs) are a significant aspect of this effort as they are a focus of policy-makers and the industry.  Market predictions forecast over half of all passenger vehicle sales to be electric by 2040.  But the success of these electrification efforts depends on complex factors like policy, cost parity, consumer trust and charging point availability. Mary Anne Sullivan discusses a few of these factors impacting EV development worldwide. Read More

Living Mobility is Unifying: Spotlight on Blockchain and Data Sharing

Living Mobility is Unifying.  The coordinated efforts of geographically and economically disparate groups will improve mobility solutions.  Efforts to share among partnering entities the training data for autonomous vehicles is a critical aspect of the development process.  But valuable technology – brimming with potential – also comes riddled with legal issues. John Salmon discusses some of these issues relating to data sharing, data privacy and the use of blockchain. Read More

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