With more electric vehicles than ever before, greater advances in battery technology, more infrastructure, huge steps forward with MaaS and no signs that investment is going to slow down, 2020 is set to be the year for new mobility.
In fact, 2020 is set to be a very 'Goodyear' for new mobility as the tire-maker is gearing up to set aside $100 million following the launch of 'Goodyear Ventures', a new fund targeted for new investments in mobility initiatives over the next 10 years.
This announcement comes in the same week where Sony chief executive Kenichiro Yoshida said: "It's not an exaggeration to say that mobile has been the mega-trend of the last decade. I believe the next mega-trend will be mobility'.
I couldn't agree more and whilst there's lots of talk around 2020 set to be a 'tipping point' for new mobility, the creation of such funds not only serves as a vote of confidence in that claim but exemplifies the sheer pace of the mobility transition as it accelerates towards sustainability.
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According to the release, Goodyear Ventures " will focus on eight themes shaping mobility." They are: electric and autonomous technologies; connected mobility solutions; next-generation public mobility; next-generation aviation mobility; future transportation infrastructure; future maintenance and operations; emerging technologies; and new tire materials.