27.10.2021 – 12:07
Continental Reifen GmbH
- Four out of five drivers in Germany want to see sustainable forms of drive in the focus of tomorrow’s mobility.
- E-bikes are already used regularly by 19 percent of motorists in Germany.
New technologies, working from home and climate change: mobility changes according to the requirements of its users. Reason enough for the technology company Continental to again this year, together with the opinion research institute forsa, to ask drivers in Germany about their current mobility behavior and their ideas for the future of mobility. In August, 1,010 motorists from Germany who were at least 18 years old took part in the representative survey online.
Sustainable forms of mobility will remain the dominant topic for study participants in 2021 when asked about future mobility. 81 percent of those surveyed are of the opinion that sustainable forms of drive for future mobility should be more in focus. More than two thirds (70 percent) see a need to expand flexible offers in passenger transport, where different means of transport are used over the course of a trip. Other megatrends such as the networking of vehicles (33 percent) and self-driving means of transport (29 percent) are rated significantly lower. However, men see more importance here than women. 39 percent of the male participants believe that all parts in vehicles should be networked with one another. 35 percent of men say that autonomous driving, such as with the CUbE (Continental Urban Mobility Experience), Continental’s development platform for driverless mobility, should become the rule for future mobility. It is also noticeable that the younger survey participants between 18 and 29 years of age agree the most clearly in percentage terms with the statements asked about future mobility: a full 90 percent want to focus more on sustainable forms of drive, while more than half (57 percent) of the respondents from this Age group would like sharing offers to be promoted. It was only 45 percent of all participants.
However, many drivers are already now and then using other modes of transport. The most common use in this case is the bicycle. 41 percent of those surveyed said they pedal at least once a month. The electrified relative of the bicycle – the e-bike – was included in the survey for the first time. 19 percent of drivers use it at least once a month. Still unchanged: 32 percent of those surveyed still do not use any other mobility options besides the car. In addition, the additional use of trains (15 percent) and buses (12 percent) remains at a low level.
On the other side of the spectrum, 66 percent of the motorists surveyed say that they consciously leave their car parked every day and use other modes of transport. The most common motivation for variety is still physical activity and the associated health (72 percent). Other reasons are environmental protection (55 percent) and the search for a parking space, which is no longer available with many alternative means of transport (54 percent). More often than in the previous year, the convenience of transport was cited as a reason in the new survey. In 2020, 14 percent of those surveyed still valued this. This year it is already 28 percent.
The focus on more sustainable mobility in the future also becomes clear when asked about the expansion of mobility options. In the opinion of 69 percent of the survey participants, public after-hours traffic should be expanded more. There is also potential for sustainable forms of drive (61 percent) and cycling (54 percent).
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