"Did you know for instance that starting in 2006, annual miles driven in the U.S. have dropped year over year? We are now at 1996 levels. Telecommuting, Internet shopping, higher gas prices, car sharing, and urbanization mean that we need fewer carsTrecho retirado de "The Car As You Know It Is Dead".
From where I sit, three major shifts will move the car from a depreciating asset that every family owns to a mesh of hardware, software, and services that meet our transportation needs in a multidimensional way that destroys our assumptions of what a car is.
The trend is not good for car makers: fewer miles driven, more urban living, car sharing on the rise, digitally empowered services like Uber and Lyft. To survive, car brands must use the new technologies and social trends to transform themselves into service companies that provide mobility to their customers, rather than just cars"
BTW, já imagino governos futuros, em vários países, a tentarem salvar um sector automóvel desenhado para um nível de produção impossível de suster naturalmente.