20 Mobility Stats That Will Blow Your Mind

December 03, 2019 |
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20 Mobility Stats That Will Blow Your Mind

Go to any major city and you will see the emergence of new transportation options, ranging from ride-sharing services to bike and scooter hires. The way we get around in cities is fundamentally changing, with traditional private vehicles making way for smart mobility options, ride-sharing services, and bicycle use. The demand for alternative and multi-modal transport options is likewise necessitating the use of smart mobility solutions, to help authorities and organizations plan and manage these new services.

At HERE Mobility, we aim to make urban transportation more efficient. To achieve that, we always keep track of all things transportation to understand the mobility ecosystem more deeply. This is why we interviewed more than 20,000 people in our last e-book - The State of Mobility in 2019. In this article, we collected a selection of impressive mobility stats from industry thought leaders to understand the trajectory of the industry and its upcoming trends.

In this article: 

  • On-demand mobility
  • Ride-hailing and sharing
  • Bike commuting
  • Car sharing

The Rise of On-Demand Mobility and the Mobility Ecosystem 

According to a report by KMPG, multi-modal Mobility as a Service (MaaS) solutions are allowing consumers to combine different types of transport, reducing the reliance on public transport. The growing use of car subscription services, and new technology like connected and autonomous vehicles, contribute to this trend.

The stats:

1. Half of car owners today will no longer want to own a vehicle by 2025.
2. Only 29% of men aged 17-20 in the UK held a driver’s license, down from 51% in the mid-1990s.
3. By 2035, mobility technology will drive over 40% of profits in the automotive industry.

Source: KPMG, Boston Consulting Group

Ride-Hailing and Ride-Sharing

Ride-hailing has taken the world by storm, with Uber and Lyft becoming household names. The commercial transport industry has changed forever, and regulators are discussing how to support the phenomenon while encouraging a move from crowdsourced, commercial transport providers, to ride-sharing and ride-matching. 

Governments will gradually provide incentives for travelers to ride with others rather than with a paid driver, making more efficient use of transport resources.

The stats:

4. 36% of adult Americans have used a ride-hailing service such as Uber or Lyft, vs. only 15% in 2015. 
5. 51% of Americans aged 18-29 never used a ride-hailing service vs. only 24% of those aged 50+.
6. 53% of Americans with annual household income of $75,000 or more used ride-hailing services vs. only 24% of Americans with income less than $30,000.
7. 45% of US urban residents used a ride-hailing app vs. only 19% of residents of rural areas.

Source: Pew Research Center survey, 2018

Bicycle Commuting 

In Europe, commuting by bicycle is very widespread, and provides tremendous benefits for cities and residents: cost savings, a reduction in congestion, improved air quality, and more. In Asia, bikes are increasingly part of smart city planning. In the USA, by contrast, only 0.6% of commuters get to work by bicycle. The number is small but rapidly growing, representing the huge potential for the future of mobility in the USA.

The stats:

8. 171 US regions surveyed had a total of 635,000 bicycle commuters, but have the potential to add 28 million more.
9. Reduce 17 billion vehicle miles per year.
10. Generate personal savings of $23 billion per year for commuters.
11. Save $68 billion per year for cities.

Source: Deloitte Smart Mobility Report


Car-sharing programs are allowing consumers to use cars without having to own a private vehicle. It usually takes the form of hourly-metered car rental in which customers pick up and return cars independently from designated parking spaces. As early as 2014, commercial car-sharing services in the USA grew to over 1.3 million users and operated a combined fleet of 19,000 vehicles. These services are changing the transportation landscape in urban areas.

The stats:

12. Families who participate in car-sharing eventually move from 0.47 to 0.24 vehicles per household on average.
13. Car sharing services led Americans to avoid purchasing 500,000 cars between 2006-2013.
14. One shared vehicle reduces the need for 9-13 private vehicles
15. In a survey of 23,000 consumers in 19 countries, 50% said personal cars were not their preferred form of transport.
16. Even among Generation Y in the US, only 64% view the car as their preferred mode of transport.

Source: Deloitte

Public Transit

The stats:

17. In the US, only 9% use public transit as their primary mode of transport, but in France the figure is double, and in the UK, Scandinavia, and the Netherlands it is 35%.

Mobility stats

18. In New York, which has one of the world’s largest subway systems, 18-24-year-olds are 47% more likely to use public transit and 51% less likely to use a private car.
19. Over 23% of journeys of private car owners require more than one form of transportation.
20. In both Europe and the US, over 82% of individuals use at least one transportation app on their mobile phones.

Source: The State of Mobility 2019. Download for free>


The statistics mentioned above suggest that demand for more efficient, convenient, and environmentally-friendly mobility options is only going to continue rising. As we move away from traditional automobile-dominated travels, individuals and families alike will increasingly combine public transportation options with other modes of transport. Governments and local authorities, as well as private companies, can take advantage of these trends to offer mobility services that will improve quality of life and make commuting and easier, faster, and overall more pleasant experience.

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