18 The future of motoring is on track

With an eye on the future and to contribute to a better understanding of what awaits the motoring world, L’Observatoire Cetelem set up three indicators to compare the traditional uses of cars with those that are emerging today, but more importantly to assess their development potential. These three composite indicators were defined based on the variables contained in the questionnaire used as a basis for this survey.

Nature and composition of the indicators

Car Use Now assesses the degree to which the traditional model of car ownership and use is embraced, on a scale of 1 to 10. It is made up of variables relating to motorization, use and people’s attachment to their car and the freedom it confers.
The higher the score, the more likely it is that cars will be seen as useful and used in the traditional way.

  • Number of vehicles per household
  • Kilometres travelled per weekday
  • Changes in car use
  • Emotional attachment to one’s vehicle
  • Importance placed on the freedom provided by car ownership

Car Use New assesses the actual and current level of adoption of new ways of accessing and using cars, as well as ways of saving and earning money with one’s vehicle, on a scale of 1 to 10. The higher the score, the more common the use of new forms of “automobility”.

  • Frequency with which new travel solutions are used (car sharing, ride sharing, etc.)
  • Membership of a ride sharing or car sharing scheme
  • Practices that reduce the cost of car ownership

Car Use Next uses the same indicators as Car Use New, but focuses not only on those who currently take advantage of new practices, but also on those who say they are interested and plan to use them one day. The higher the score, the more likely it is that these uses will become more widespread.

  • Frequency with which new travel solutions are used (car sharing, ride sharing, etc.)
  • Membership of a ride sharing or car sharing scheme
  • Practices that reduce the cost of car ownership