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Outlook of Mobility Solutions and Business Models in Asia—Japan, South Korea, and Singapore

  • December 2013
  • 154 pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
Report ID: 1941689


Table of Contents

Multiple Mobility Solutions will Penetrate the Market

Key Findings

- Japan, South Korea, and Singapore have implemented multiple mobility solutions, as they are economically developed and have densely-populated large cities.
- High-growth product solutions such as HEVs, EVs, and FCVs are expected to further penetrate the market.
- As other product solutions such as HSR and MRT have been implemented in these countries for several years, not much development is expected in these areas.
- Application solutions such as car sharing and car pooling are relatively new and gaining popularity. However, bike sharing and car pooling may not gain much popularity.
- System solutions such as journey planning, cashless payment, and road pricing have been implemented successfully to manage heavy traffic in large cities.
- Innovative solutions are under development and may take years to penetrate the markets.


The aim of this study is to research and analyze mobility business models available or emerging in the key Asian automotive markets of Japan, South Korea, and Singapore.


- To understand government policies and initiatives for mobility in Japan, South Korea, and Singapore.
- To understand mobility solutions and the business models available or emerging in these countries.
- To provide market size, forecasts, and trends for each business solution, by country.
- To compare business models and services provided by key market participants, by country.

Research Methodology

Frost & Sullivan’s research study is based on secondary and primary research data.

Secondary Research

Extraction of information from existing reports and project material within the F&S database, to include data and information gathered from technical papers, specialised magazines, seminars and internet research. This study is mainly based on secondary information and market understanding and insights of consultants and industry analysts.

Primary Research

Some interviews have been conducted by face-to-face or over the phone by consultants or industry analysts with industry participants and authorities.

Definitions and Benefits

Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV)
- Vehicles that run on electricity and gasoline
- Fuel saving without the anxiety of running out of battery

Electric Vehicles (EV)
- Vehicles that run purely on electricity
- Fuel cost saving, quiet, no emissions

Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCV)
- Vehicles that use a fuel cell to produce electricity from hydrogen
- Fuel cost saving, quiet, no emissions

High-Speed Rail (HSR)
- High-speed trains connecting large cities
- Reduces travel time and increases traffic between large cities

Mass Rapid Transit (MRT)
- Mass transit, such as subways, within large cities
- Reduces travel time within large cities by avoiding traffic congestions on the road

Motorbike/Bicycle Sharing
- Sharing motorcycles and bicycles with unspecified number of people
- Suitable for first/last mile connectivity

Car Sharing
- Sharing cars with unspecified number of people
- Increases utilization of cars by reducing idle (parking) time

Car Pooling
- Sharing a car with specified or unspecified people
- Helps reduce the number of cars on the road

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
- Dedicated bus lane on road
- Reduces travel time by bus by avoiding traffic congestion on the road

Park & Ride
- Driving and parking cars near stations and taking public transport to city centers
- Reduces travel time by avoiding traffic congestion in city centers

Navigation and Journey Planning
- Guides on the best route based on real time traffic information
- Reduces travel time, estimates travel time more accurately

Cashless Payment (e-Payment)
- Contactless smart card that can be used for multiple modes of public transport
- Reduces time to buy tickets for each mode of transport

Road Pricing and Congestion Charge
- Charged based on road usage, to manage road traffic
- Eases traffic jam

Quota System
- Sets vehicle quotas to control vehicle population
- Reduces traffic congestion by controlling the number of vehicles on the road

- Small vehicles with one or two passengers per car
- Helps reduce road congestion while maintaining privacy

Personal Rapid Transit (PRT)
- Personal transit system within small areas such as London Heathrow Airport
- Provides private transportation although it is a mode of public transport

Key Questions This Study Will Answer

- What are the mobility issues and challenges that Japan, South Korea, and Singapore are facing?
- What are the government policies and initiatives to address these mobility issues and challenges?
- What kinds of mobility solutions are available or planned? Which companies provide these solutions?
- What are the business models of these solutions? What would be the market size and trends?
- Do the mobility solutions successfully meet the different mobility needs of different people?

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