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Global Digital Transformation: 2017 Predictions from IDC

Posted by Sarah Schmidt

Mar 8, 2017 8:45:00 AM

The International Data Corporation (IDC) FutureScape series provides clear predictions and expert insights to help technology suppliers, investors, IT professionals, and business executives strategize for the future.

Eight of these studies are highlighted below which cover a variety of areas undergoing transformative change including oil and gas, robotics, 3D printing, retail, connected vehicles, and more. Read on to learn about IDC’s 2017 predictions, and click to the report pages to access more detailed information.

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Topics: Retail, Energy & Resources, Transportation & Shipping, Consumer Electronics, Marketing, Public Sector, Industry Insights

Ultra-Low-Cost Carriers Take Off

Posted by Leon Mengri

Jan 3, 2017 8:45:00 AM

The US airline industry features three types of carriers in terms of operating model: traditional carriers, low-cost carriers (LCCs), and ultra-low-cost carriers (ULCCs). ULCCs – largely represented by Spirit Airlines (Spirit), Frontier Airlines, and Allegiant Travel Company (Allegiant) – experienced impressive revenue growth over the 2010-2015 period.

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Topics: Energy & Resources, Transportation & Shipping, Industry Insights, Heavy Industry, The Freedonia Group

Robotics and the Future of Motorcycle Testing

Posted by Gleb Mytko

Dec 27, 2016 8:45:00 AM

Technological innovation is transforming all aspects of the motorcycle production process, even the product testing phase. The development of new, state-of-the-art testing technologies allows companies to design and produce cutting-edge motorcycles that offer increased safety and superior performance.

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Topics: Transportation & Shipping, Industry Insights, Heavy Industry, The Freedonia Group

Motorcycles: Visions of the Future

Posted by Gleb Mytko

Nov 18, 2016 9:00:00 AM

The future of motorcycles is being forged today. Leading manufacturers are developing new technologies with the potential to revolutionize the riding experience. 

This wave of innovation, however, has garnered sparse news coverage. The media has focused on developments in the automotive industry such as self-driving cars and electric vehicles, paying little attention to similar trends in motorcycles. 

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Topics: Transportation & Shipping, Industry Insights, Heavy Industry, The Freedonia Group

The Rising Demand for Public Transport in the US

Posted by Luke Hickman

Jul 19, 2016 8:30:00 AM

When it comes to transportation in the US, most people drive themselves. The US Census Bureau's American Community Survey 5-year estimates for 2014 indicate that about a quarter of American workers get to work primarily by driving themselves. In 2014, there were 214 million licensed drivers in the US, and light vehicles traveled 2.7 trillion miles.

However, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, between 2000 and 2015 consumer spending on public transportation services outgrew spending on new motor vehicles, with the former increasing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.2 percent and the latter at a CAGR of 1.8 percent. In 2015, consumer spending on public transportation exceeded $100 billion in the US for the first time ever.

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Topics: Transportation & Shipping, Heavy Industry, The Freedonia Group

4 Trends to Track in the Transportation Industry

Posted by Sarah Schmidt

Jun 28, 2016 8:30:00 AM

While the potential of autonomous vehicles should not be underestimated, it would be a mistake to ignore other fast-growing technologies in the transportation industry.

Before self-driving cars become the norm, a host of other innovations will change how people move. Read on to learn about four global transportation markets that are poised to achieve exponential growth by 2020.

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Topics: Transportation & Shipping, Industry Insights, Heavy Industry

Tesla and BYD Gigafactories to Strain Lithium Supplies

Posted by Carolyn Zulandt

Apr 19, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Soaring demand growth and skyrocketing prices are making 2016 a very exciting year for lithium — the highly reactive, silvery white metal that has revolutionized the rechargeable battery industry. Portable electronics, including everything from smartphones to laptops, rely on lithium-ion (Li-Ion) batteries. But it will be electric vehicles (EVs) that drive lithium sales going forward, boosting prices while placing increasing pressure on global supplies. 

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Topics: Materials & Chemicals, Transportation & Shipping, Heavy Industry, The Freedonia Group

The Latest News in the Automobile Industry

Posted by Sarah Schmidt

Oct 6, 2015 8:25:31 AM

Key players in the auto industry are facing new challenges and opportunities that could shake up the U.S. market in the months and years to come. Volkswagen’s sales showed tepid growth in the wake of the emissions-cheating scandal, while Subaru set new sales records in the month of September. Meanwhile, tech and auto companies alike are vying for position in the self-driving and electric car markets. Apple plans to release an electric car in 2019 and is tripling its 600-person team to accelerate its efforts. General Motors is competing with Google in the self-driving car arena and plans to test driverless Chevrolet Volts by late 2016. To learn more, read the auto industry recap below.

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Topics: Computer Hardware & Networking, Transportation & Shipping, Industry Insights, Heavy Industry

Four Projected Trends in the Transportation Industry

Posted by Caitlin Stewart

Jul 14, 2015 9:00:00 AM

As the global population increases, we are seeing a rise in how many cars are out there, especially in emerging markets. The number of vehicles on the road worldwide is projected to triple by 2035, to as much as 3 billion vehicles. With these numbers, companies are going to have to continue to innovate and create the vehicles consumers want in order to keep their sales up.

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Topics: Transportation & Shipping, Industry Insights

Top Trends in the Transportation & Automotive Industry

Posted by Caitlin Stewart

Jul 23, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Technology continually serves as the underlying factor in the changes that occur in different industries. For the transportation and automotive industry, technology has continued to push innovations in efficiency, lightweight materials, connectivity, and energy. Companies within the industry notice trends resulting from these improvements for future automotive developments. The North American automotive industry is not only the biggest market, but it is also the technological leader across the globe with some of the biggest names in the industry. With the market recovering since the recession, the next five years are expected prompt major changes that will impact the way cars are manufactured and used.

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Topics: Transportation & Shipping

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