Confronted with the plausibility customers may no longer purchase their own vehicles, more automakers are joining hands with their prospective future customers, ride hailing apps.
On Tuesday, two of the world’s biggest automakers, Toyota and Volkswagen, individually revealed partnerships with 2 various ride-hailing companies.
Toyota revealed it had actually made a tactical investment for a concealed amount in Uber Technologies Inc., the world’s most significant ride-sharing app, while Volkswagen stated it will invest $300 million (U.S.) in Israel-based Gett.
The statements this week are the latest in a dizzying selection of deals that are being done amidst dramatic advances in innovation that might ultimately make standard car ownership obsolete.
In January, General Motors aligned itself with Uber’s primary U.S. rival, Lyft, for $500 million. Ford Motor has likewise been in discussions with Uber and Lyft.
“There is a huge market in ride-sharing,” stated Steve Man, a Hong Kong-based expert covering the auto industry at Bloomberg Intelligence. “This is altering the way we utilize cars and the automakers do not want to miss out on out.”
If the vehicle purchaser of the future is a driver for Uber or Lyft– instead of Mr. and Mrs. Smith– then automakers desire to make certain they’re aligned with those services as preferred providers.
Motorists for car-sharing business “are high-mileage users, who drive bigger, more lucrative cars and change them more typically– dream clients that are yearned for,” stated car industry expert Dennis DesRosiers of DesRosier Automotive Consultants Inc. “These tie-ups bring commitment to the brand.”