Growth in mobility services is anticipated to increase as the effects of the pandemic, which has hampered progression within the sector, begin to diminish.
The prediction, which comes from automotive technology provider Epyx, states that, despite widespread negative impact, Covid-19 has also facilitated increasingly imaginative future thinking.
Several mobility concepts rely on asset sharing, be it cars, public transport vehicles or forms of micro-mobility.
Heightened awareness of viral transmission has dampened user appetite for shared forms of transport. Subsequently, progress across mobility has stagnated.
Debbie Fox, commercial director of Epyx, believes that the pandemic has made businesses more open to the possibility of considering a wider range of transport solutions.
Explaining the pandemic-induced mindset shift, Fox said: “The ways in which car usage patterns have been affected, the growth in home working and the widespread adoption of video conferencing are all likely to make mobility solutions appear more viable to a wider range of potential users.
“The crisis has also created a pause where vehicle leasing companies, manufacturers and others who have been moving towards becoming mobility providers have been able to refine their ideas and their product offerings.”
According to Fox, a particular focus for vehicle leasing companies was integrating mobility offerings into two other current trends – electric vehicles and increased digitisation of services.
She noted: “We work with nearly all of the 50 largest vehicle leasing companies in the UK, and many of the conversations that we are having with them are about the ways in which these three elements will fit together in the future.
“Our involvement in these dialogues is very much around the digitisation aspect. As probably the fleet sector’s leading provider of online solutions of all kinds, there is a recognition that we have a track record of making processes work effectively.”
In boosting the accessibility and efficiency of mobility services, Fox believes the “right technological infrastructure is essential”.
Fox concluded: “Certainly, this is an area we have been looking at as a company for some time, and we have a range of ideas about how mobility providers should be approaching their service delivery in this sector from a technological point of view.”