Urban mobility will center on MaaS, driverless delivery: report

Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) and autonomous road-based delivery vehicles will be crucial in the near-term as cities increasingly look for efficient ways to move people and goods, according to a new report from Lux Research.

With cities focused on alleviating congestion and providing alternatives to gas-powered vehicles, the report said growth will continue in areas like ride-hailing, micromobility and car-sharing. Offering these modes in a seamless, single-use MaaS platform will also be important for widespread adoption, the report says.

Meanwhile, as cities look to manage their curb space amid increasing dependence on delivery services, the report said autonomous delivery robots hold promise. The group anticipates that autonomous parcel deliveries will generate over $33 billion in revenue by 2030. But delivery drones, which have been the subject of a great deal of speculation and hype, may not take hold in cities just yet, according to the report.