Per Mile 2030:


Ensuring the next decade of mobility transformation

puts the consumer first & foremost

The mobility industry is undergoing a massive transformation

… and the consumer experience sits at a crossroads.




Learn how the Experiences Per Mile (EPM) Advisory Council

plans to promote advancements that benefits the consumer.






After more than a century of business as usual, the mobility industry has set forward an ambitious course of innovation focused on vehicles that are:



This transformation is largely influenced by the complex mobile ecosystem:


Data is becoming
industry’s new fuel

The mobility industry transformation is being fueled by the growing quantity and availability of vehicle and mobility data.

Data is driving forward progress in five ways:

Data trains sensors to detect and recognize objects.

The automotive experience can be completely personalized by using data.

Data from vehicles will become a primary building block for future digital maps.

Liberation of vehicle data presents opportunities for industries like insurers, gas stations or car parking operators to offer tailored services to customers.

Data allows automakers to predict the maintenance and repair needs of vehicles.

“Our research underscores the importance of developing consumer-facing apps that inform consumers about how their data can be used. These apps need to be able to share consent information across the ecosystem of companies working with connected car data.”


Asaf Weisbrot

CCO, Otonomo


But with more connectivity and data, concerns about privacy, data protection and personal security have also risen.

According to recent surveys, 60 percent of respondents say it’s very important to be told exactly what data is being collected, how it’s being used and by whom when deciding whether to share their data.


“Attackers are increasingly looking to monetize data and target victims via various means… the security of mobility platforms needs to be considered from design to supply chain to experience.”


Eloy Avila

CTO, Darktrace

A survey was conducted with current connected car drivers in the USA (2018) and Europe (2020) to gage their interest in services based on connected car data. See list of services evaluated below. Of those who expressed interest in each service, approximately 80 percent were willing to share anonymous or personal connected car data to gain access to these capabilities.


Interest in Connected Car Services, Europe vs. US

Source: Otonomo

“High Definition ‘live maps’, meaning a digital representation of the world that is fresh, accurate, and rich in attribution are becoming increasingly important to enable various autonomous and mobility experiences. Our self-healing mapping technology enables us to analyze data from multiple sources, such as satellite imagery, probe and crowd-source vehicle sensor data in real-time, allowing our maps to always Protect: Data is the primary enabler for staying fresh and reliable.”


Charity Rumery

Vice President, Americas Automotive & Industrial, HERE

Mobility customers
are feeling the pain

Despite the advances in the mobility industry,

consumers still face many pain points.

The EPM Advisory Council conducted a short survey in March 2020 to understand the true scale of the challenge that consumers like Jacob face in their day-to-day journeys. The survey was conducted in the USA, Europe, China and included 1,000 recent car buyers. The key findings were:


Despite an increasing reliance on technology, cars regularly rank at the bottom of all digital devices in terms of ease of use. In a recent survey, consumers were asked to rank how difficult it is to perform common digital tasks in a car when compared to other digital devices:

Question: On a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 being near impossible and 10 being extremely easy, how easy is it to do the following activities when using your device?

Note: Results show % of respondents who gave a score of 6-10



We also asked consumers how their technology use is increasing when compared to its growing complexity:

While people are relying on technology more than ever before (particularly in China), a sizable proportion of respondents feel that technology is getting too complicated (particularly in the USA). This is likely a reflection that while many of the devices people rely on may work well individually, integrating these devices into a seamless digital experience is getting harder.

Question: How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

Note: Results show mean rating of statement using a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being strongly disagree and 5 being strongly agree.


With consumers spending more time than ever in their cars (an average of 225 hours per year), these pain points are only growing.

The EPM Advisory Council found that the root causes of consumer pain points are:

Cultural: Hardware-driven (vs. consumer) culture.
Because automakers are so far removed from the end user, it’s difficult for them to anticipate consumer needs.

Communication: Industry jargon, not consumer-centric language.
Language within the mobility industry is often misaligned, does not resonate and can cause confusion with consumers.

Technical: Rigid platforms.
Currently, it can take 4-5 years  for a new car or mobility platform  to hit the market, making it difficult to upgrade at the current pace of change.

Commercial: Antiquated partnership/business models.
Antiquated business models are slow to adapt to consumer needs, which exacerbates all of the previous mentioned problem areas.

Organizational: Silos everywhere
Both consumer journeys and companies often operate in silo, which prevents companies from seeing the solutions to big picture problems.


In this video, we explore pain points from real, everyday mobility consumers.

Consumer Experience Opinions, NYCSource: HARMAN

“[Solutions] really start with the consumer pain points and understanding the consumer insights. Then, we can solve for those consumer pain points during the in-vehicle experience.”


David Slump

President, HARMAN Connected Services

To address consumer pain points, the auto industry needs to focus on delivering hyper-individualized mobility experiences.

These experiences should be built on our Consumer Experience Pillars:

New mobility experiences should enhance the consumer’s personal productivity and efficiency

The new mobility experience should be immersive, enriching and fun for consumers

Solutions should help give consumers peace of mind during their experience, both in terms of safety and trust

Environmental Consciousness
New mobility solutions should have eco-focused technologies and help consumers reduce their carbon footprint

Social Connection
The new mobility experience should help build personal connection inside and outside the vehicle

Traditionally, car buying was heavily influenced by a vehicle’s physical factors such as aesthetics and performance. Our survey shows that many of these traditional factors are being overtaken by new considerations, such as how well the vehicle integrates with a person’s digital lifestyle.

Question: Rank in order of importance the key things you may look for in the next car you buy.

Note: Results show % of respondents who placed criteria within their top 5

“The customer journey represents hundreds of thousands of dollars over the lifetime of a single customer.”


North America Customer Satisfaction Manager

Global Automotive Manufacturer

Source: SAP

Customer satisfaction impact

+15%   -20%

Maximizing satisfaction with customer journeys can lift revenue by up to 15% while lowering the cost of serving customers by as much as 20%


How collaborative innovation
will inspire real change

No single company can accomplish everything alone. Instead, the mobility ecosystem will need to collaborate and innovate.

We believe real change begins with:

Consumers First: Take a 360° Customer View
Develop products starting with the consumer first.

Embrace the Challenges of Autonomy
A collaborative ecosystem will be needed to accommodate new autonomous requirements.

Seamless Integration Across Multiple Mobility Components
UX must ensure seamlessness before, during and after the journey.

Business Model Disruption
Vehicle manufacturers will need to embrace commercial opportunities that move beyond a one-time sale and instead create lifetime value.

Open Innovation Sandboxes
Build a network of open innovation sandboxes across different cities for testing with a variety of customers.

Shift from IQ to EQ Leadership
The industry will need to move from IQ leadership (“know how”) to leaders with strong EQ skills (“know you”).

Strength in Numbers via Thoughtful Partnerships
Embrace trust transparency while forming low barriers to entry for emerging solutions.

Embrace Transparent and Quantifiable Metrics
An EPM metric will need to emerge that is simple for both consumers and providers to understand, one that covers the holistic mobility experience.

“Joining the EPM Advisory Council has been an enlightening experience for myself and my colleagues to date. Bringing together various industries from mobility, autonomy to entertainment has shown we are all working towards the same goal. As we work towards defining the vital KPI’s for the EPM we will determine best practices and processes to allow us to create a greater user experience. Defining the metric which is easily understood by the consumer will help to make EPM successful.”


Paul Newton

Head of Vehicle Electronics and Connectivity McLaren Automotive

“Providing our retail customer with an end to end digital experience that does not stop when they leave the car is central to our value proposition as a trusted mobility provider. Additionally, serving our commercial and fleet customers digital needs is paramount; they own their vehicles to run their business or generate revenue – an increased level of digital in-vehicle and off-vehicle products and services is key.”


May Russell

Ford Smart Mobility – Technology Executive,
Ford Motor Company

“Earlier this year, Hyundai became the first mainstream automaker to launch a Smartphone Digital Key. Digital Key adds convenience for our owners who are used to using their phones for everything. Customers want to manage their lives with a smartphone. More importantly, wide adoption of Digital Key allows us to be ready for future shifts in mobility, such as car sharing and alternative ownership models.”


Manish Mehrotra

Director of Digital Business Planning and Connected Operations,
Hyundai Motor America

A clear roadmap for the next
decade of mobility success

The journey to deliver the bright future of mobility starts with a common purpose – and the EPM Advisory Council is dedicated to creating a common purpose that is consumer centric.

That’s why the EPM Advisory Council created a roadmap for the next decade:


Passengers and companies are taking risks and learning new ways of “being moved”. Customers are experiencing new forms of mobility, paying, accessing services, delivery, and companies are investing billions in testing new business models.


Insights drive more to an ecosystem mindset and accelerate collaboration. Data and insights provide new players and existing investors to think in new ways of enhancing the customer experience. Companies start working together to enable the consumer to make optimal choices about their mobility experience.


The car is a favorite place. Consumers see the vehicle as a space be more entertained, more productive, more… everything. The growing maturity of higher-levels of autonomy helps consumers regain much-valued time, and their mobility solutions help them make the most of that time through improved productivity, social interactions or healthy living.


Break the mold of the form factor—the “vehicle” is the doer. It brings “destinations” to you, rather than taking you from point A to point B. In this era, the home is as much a part of the mobility experience as the car. This is a time when you can delegate to the “vehicle,” where it can pay, transact and complete tasks for you. Mobility providers build integrated experiences into all products in a consumer’s life: home, car and devices. Consumers evolve from “Owning a Premium Car” to “Living a Premium Life.”

The role of the
epm advisory council

To transform the mobility industry and media dialogue,

HARMAN, SBD Automotive and industry partners

have recently formed the Experiences Per Mile

Advisory Council.


This council’s mission is to promote collaboration,

establish processes and elevate the automotive

ecosystem as a whole.

“The purpose of the Experiences Per Mile Advisory Council is to uncover best practices and foster cross-industry collaboration… The greatest benefit of the Advisory Council [is that] the consumer will have a much better experience while moving from one location to another.”


David Slump

President, HARMAN Connected Services


Per Mile 2030:


Ensuring the next decade of mobility transformation

puts the consumer first and foremost



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