mobility

Mobility

BCG—through our Center for Mobility Innovation—helps municipalities and organizations envision innovative mobility solutions and put them in motion.

The last great revolution in mobility was the invention of the internal combustion engine, which fueled Henry Ford’s monochromatic fleet of automobiles. Mobility today is a much more colorful, crowded, and complicated affair: new challenges and technologies are arising all the time within and beyond automotive—and they are paving the way for the next great revolution in mobility.

These emerging mobility technologies present tremendous potential for safety and accessibility improvements in urban mobility—but only if the public and private sectors work together to adopt them in a thoughtful and balanced way. For example, care must be taken to ensure that autonomous vehicles do not inadvertently intensify gridlock or cannibalize funding for public-sector transit.

BCG’s extensive resources—delivered by experts in our Center for Mobility Innovation—help our clients in the public and private sectors shape the future of mobility. We work to create frameworks for autonomous mobility and shared mobility, to transition to electric vehicles, and to conceptualize and deliver the infrastructure that makes mobility as a service (MaaS) possible. As a hub of cross-sector expertise, we bring the best of BCG’s automotive; infrastructure, cities, and transport; and public sector expertise to our clients.

Today’s Mobility Challenges and Opportunities

Around the world, particularly in urban areas, travel is an issue. Among the urban mobility problems: Congestion leaves people stuck in traffic. Pollution levels climb. Traffic accidents and fatalities occur at high rates. And mobility options are not equitable—many people are not able to easily access jobs, education, or health care.

Urban Mobility Faces Many Challenges

To solve these problems, the public and private sectors must work together to formulate a mobility strategy that integrates with a host of emerging mobility technologies, is customized to a locale, and accounts for such key factors as population density, public transport options, and street network type. The suite of opportunities and solutions BCG delivers follows what’s known as CASE logic:

Bringing together these new approaches sets in motion a whole new paradigm for the mobility industry and unlocks a world of promising opportunities. For example, by enlisting BCG’s advanced analytics team to create a complex mobility simulation of more than 40 metropolitan areas worldwide—and through a one-year study we conducted jointly with the University of St. Gallen—we have detailed the significant gains that could be achieved by embracing autonomous vehicles, shared mobility, and micromobility.

Mobility Solutions Could Unlock Major Opportunities

How BCG Helps Clients Solve Mobility Challenges

In our mobility consulting work, we team with cities around the world to solve urban mobility problems. BCG also works with automotive clients and providers of emerging mobility technologies to help shape mobility solutions for people and goods, bring them to market, and embed them in cities’ mobility strategies. We deploy a variety of tools and simulations to help remake the future of mobility and to reenvision cities of the future. Among these tools are BCG’s:

 

Meet Our Experts in Mobility Consulting

In BCG’s Center for Mobility Innovation, our mobility consulting experts cover all aspects of digitization and analytics to reach unique mobility solutions. The center’s expertise ecosystem includes startups, think tanks, and implementers. And our coverage spans intermodal platforms, cars reimagined through Industry 4.0, mobility services, public transport, logistics services, and smart infrastructure.

 

BCG’s Client Work in Mobility

Our Center for Mobility Innovation works with leaders in the automotive, transportation and logistics, and mobility industries, including governments, new and incumbent mobility providers, investors, and other stakeholders. We’ve also modeled mobility scenarios in dozens of cities around the world and have worked one-on-one with many of these cities to put mobility solutions in place. A sampling of our work includes the following.

Our Partnerships in Mobility

BCG is proud to partner with our clients and with other organizations seeking to advance mobility solutions. Among them:

World Economic Forum

We participate in the forum’s Global Autonomous and Urban Mobility Council, which seeks to shape the development and application of emerging mobility technologies for the benefit of humanity. BCG has partnered with the World Economic Forum on urban mobility since 2013.

StreetLight Data

BCG’s partnership with StreetLight focuses on helping cities prepare to adopt micromobility and autonomous mobility. Using StreetLight’s big-data resources, we develop strategies for deploying these new offerings at scale and design services around them.

In our mobility consulting work, we draw upon the expertise of BCG’s specialty businesses:

BCG’s Featured Insights on Mobility

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