After more than a century, the pioneering spirit that has defined the auto sector remains intact as another first is playing out in real time. In the short term, this includes safely returning auto plants and dealerships to work against the backdrop of an unprecedented pandemic.
And longer term, offering the economy a new reality through the introduction of mobility services.
While the world looks very different than it did some three or four months ago, the fundamentals of leaning toward mobility have not changed.
Four megatrends — connectivity, autonomous, sharing and electric driving — were already steering the global auto industry toward a mobility services transformation, although now it may be on a delayed timeline.
In the meantime, while COVID-19 has created new challenges for the industry requiring automakers and dealers to reset ways of working and selling vehicles, industry innovation and tenacity are still very much alive.