Carsharing service membership will grow to 26 million worldwide in 2020
According to a new research report by Berg Insight, the number of users of carsharing services worldwide is forecasted to grow from 6.5 million people in 2015 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 32.0 percent to reach 26.0 million people in 2020. Berg Insight forecasts that the number of cars used for carsharing services will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 29.6 percent from 123,000 at the end of 2015 to 450,000 at the end of 2020. Carsharing is one of many car-based mobility services that have become available for people that want to complement other modes of transportation with car-based mobility occasionally. Examples of other car-based mobility services include traditional car rental, carpooling, ridesharing, taxi and ridesourcing services. Carsharing is a decentralised car rental service focusing on short term rentals. CarSharing Organisations (CSOs) offer members access to a fleet of shared cars 24/7 from unattended self-service locations. Usage is billed by the minute/hour and by distance driven, with rates that include fuel, insurance and maintenance. New technologies in the form of telematics systems and smartphones are key enablers of this mobility service. Carsharing is available in about 30 countries worldwide, primarily in Europe, North America and developed markets in Asia-Pacific. Commercial services are offered by specialist carsharing companies, car rental companies, carmakers, as well as public transport operators. Examples of leading CSOs active in multiple countries include the Daimler Group’s Car2go service, DriveNow from BMW and Sixt, Avis Budget Group’s Zipcar. However, the majority of CSOs are mainly active in a single country or a few cities. Examples include Times Car Plus in Japan, Socar in South Korea, Enjoy in Italy, Mobility Carsharing in Switzerland, Communauto in Canada and GoGet in Australia. Today, most CSOs use station-based networks offering roundtrip rental. This operational model requires users to return a vehicle to the same station from which it was accessed. Some CSOs have also started to offer one-way carsharing that enables users to return the car to any station operated by the CSO. “Another model that is rapidly gaining users is free floating carsharing, which enables members to pick up and drop off cars anywhere within a designated area”, said André Malm, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. He adds that the ability to access available cars instantly without prior booking or need to schedule return time make this type of service very attractive. “Free floating services are now available in 12 countries and 43 cities in Europe and North America, with a combined fleet of about 20,000 cars and roughly 2.0 million members at the end of 2015”, said Mr Malm.

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The installed base of FM systems in Europe will reach 8.9 million by 2019
According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of active fleet management systems deployed in commercial vehicle fleets in Europe was 4.40 million in Q4-2014. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.1 percent, this number is expected to reach 8.90 million by 2019. A group of international aftermarket solution providers have emerged as the leaders on the European fleet management market. TomTom Telematics was the fastest growing vendor also in 2014 and has climbed to the number one spot in Europe ahead of Masternaut. TomTom has today about 450,000 vehicles under management in Europe and Masternaut is estimated to have an active installed base of 350,000 units, mainly in France and the UK. Microlise, Digicore and Trimble have also joined the exclusive group of fleet management providers in Europe having more than 100,000 active devices in the field. Transics is number one in the heavy trucks segment with an estimated 85,000 active units installed. Also the HCV manufacturers are growing their subscriber bases considerably in Europe thanks to standard line fitment of fleet management solutions. Dynafleet by Volvo, FleetBoard by Daimler and Scania Fleet Management are the most successful with active subscriber bases of 70,000 units, 72,000 units and 88,000 units respectively as of Q4-2014. The consolidation trend on this market continued in 2015. “Nine major mergers and acquisitions have taken place in the past year among the vendors of fleet management systems in Europe”, said Johan Fagerberg, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. TomTom acquired Fleetlogic in the Netherlands in December 2014 adding another 27,000 subscribers to its installed base. Fleetmatics acquired Ornicar in February 2015 – a local FM solution provider in France adding around 15,000 vehicle subscriptions. In March 2015, a decision was made to merge the two Danaher Corporation owned companies Navman Wireless and Teletrac. Later in April, Orange Business Services acquired OCEAN that now operates as a subsidiary with the OCEAN brand name. Novatel Wireless announced a bid to acquire Digicore in June in a deal worth US$ 87 million. In the same month, Viasat announced to have acquired a controlling interest in Cefin Systems. Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division and GRO Capital announced the acquisition of Trackunit from the founders of the company in July. Thermo King acquired Celtrak in October. The latest transaction was done in November when Fleetmatics acquired Visirun in Italy adding 28,000 subscriptions and 3,000 clients. Mr. Fagerberg anticipates that the market consolidation of the still overcrowded industry will continue in 2016.

The installed base of FM systems in the Americas will exceed 13 million units by 2019
According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of active fleet management systems deployed in commercial vehicle fleets in North America was 4.7 million in Q4-2014. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.5 percent, this number is expected to reach 9.7 million by 2019. In Latin America, the number of active fleet management systems is expected to increase from 2.1 million in Q4-2014, growing at a CAGR of 14.6 percent to reach 4.1 million in 2019. The top-15 providers of fleet management systems in the Americas now have a combined installed base of more than 3.5 million active units in the region and the top-5 players alone even account for 2 million units. Leading solution providers including Fleetmatics, Omnitracs, Trimble, Telogis and Zonar Systems now all have more than 300,000 active units on this market. Berg Insight anticipates that the milestone of 1 million fleet management units globally will be surpassed by at least one of the solution providers by 2018. An emerging trend that has surfaced in recent years includes a diversification among providers of fleet management solutions for commercial vehicles to also support other types of assets. Several solution providers now offer integrated solutions that can be deployed across off-highway vehicles, non-powered assets and other non-vehicle fleets in addition to the commercial vehicle types traditionally targeted by FM providers. “This enables fleet owners to monitor and manage all of their business-critical assets through the same backoffice interface, using familiar applications and reporting tools”, said Rickard Andersson, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. He adds that this development at the same time enables fleet telematics providers to maintain subscriber growth as mature markets eventually approach peak penetration. “The telematics penetration is for example already comparably high in the heavy truck and trailer segment in North America, but the same cannot be said about most other types of assets used by fleet-owning companies.”, said Mr. Andersson. He concludes that asset tracking thus represents a heavily underpenetrated market with considerable potential for telematics providers that are ready to diversify the product offering. Many other players active in the general fields of Big Data and the Internet of Things may also start eyeing this market.

The installed base of active cargo tracking units will reach 5.8 million by 2019
According to a new research report from the M2M/IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of active tracking devices deployed in cargo loading units including trailers, intermodal containers, air cargo containers, cargo boxes and pallets reached 1.8 million worldwide in 2014. Growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26.2 percent, this number is expected to reach 5.8 million by 2019. The North American trailer telematics market is the most developed segment, followed by the emerging segment of intermodal container tracking which has achieved considerable growth in the past years. The maritime shipping industry has started to embrace real-time container tracking on a large scale. “The foremost example to date is Maersk Line that recently announced a major implementation” said Johan Svanberg, Senior Analyst, Berg Insight. After several years of pilot projects, AT&T has now in collaboration with WAM Technologies (acquired by Orbcomm in October 2015) connected 290,000 of Maersk Line’s refrigerated intermodal containers. Other major providers of intermodal container tracking solutions are Orbcomm, FreightWatch International, Savi Technology, Zenatek, Envotech, Honeywell Global Tracking, EPSa, Emerson and Track24. The top providers in the North American trailer telematics market including SkyBitz, Omnitracs, Spireon, Orbcomm and ID Systems have together an installed base of close to 800,000 active units today. In Europe, Mecomo, Idem Telematics, Agheera, Schmitz Cargobull and Novacom are major trailer and swap body telematics solution providers. Sendum, Moog and OnAsset Intelligence are examples of actors which offer specialised solutions for real-time tracking of air freight cargo. There are also vendors offering disposable low cost tracking devices that are only meant to be used once such as Locus Traxx. Logistics and transportation companies are now accelerating their IoT efforts to take advantage of the increasing amount of data generated by cargo tracking solutions in order to effectively improve productivity and customer service levels. “Technology advancements make it economically feasible to track ever smaller logistics units and it will be commonplace to track not only trailers and shipping containers but also individual pallets and cargo boxes” said Mr. Svanberg. Regulations related to cargo transport have furthermore a significant impact on the market environment. Numerous countries worldwide have introduced regulations and programs related to cargo security, tax collection and handling of special cargo such as food, dangerous goods and animals. Smart tracking solutions can help stakeholders to efficiently comply with this myriad of regulations and programs.

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