Golf carts are now used for more than just playing golf. They are currently the most popular mode of transportation for short distances and are more eco-friendly than any alternative.
According to Allied Market Research, the global golf cart market will hit $1.79 billion by 2028, growing at a 3.9% CAGR between 2021 and 2028.
Faced with the harsh reality that a future of fully autonomous cars is further away than promised, automakers and tech companies are pivoting to alternate uses for self-driving technology. Some turn to delivery robots, while others are helping deploy small, low-speed golf-cart-type machines for sites, farms or airports.
For example, Honda is testing a new golf-cart-type model. That so-called “micromobility device” is part of Honda’s efforts to help people who can’t drive themselves, like the elderly or Generation Z. In their current state, Honda vehicles are more like golf carts or UTVs. But Honda believes these machines will have their place in the future urban environment.