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      Private Transportation Is the “Winner of the Crisis”

      Continental Mobility Study 2020

      Private transportation has gained considerable importance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      It will emerge from the crisis much stronger: in order to minimize contact with others, many people are choosing to travel by bicycle or by car, while the use of public transportation has declined significantly.

      Although many people have been significantly less mobile during the crisis than before, a major portion of them report that they in fact use their cars more. This trend is particularly pronounced in China, where almost half of the respondents say they travel more by car. In Germany, a quarter of those surveyed said the same. Even in France, where freedom of movement and thus mobility has been restricted particularly severely, 16 percent of the population have been using cars more frequently than before the pandemic began.

      Bicycles have also gained in importance within a similar timeframe.

      It is a different story for public transportation, meanwhile, with half of the people in Germany saying they use public transit less often than before, and more than half in China and Japan.

      The question is whether this trend will continue after the crisis. Some of the survey's results seem to indicate this: between six percent of respondents in Germany and 15 percent in the US reported that they have bought a car or are considering buying one in the medium to long term.

      In China, where the proportion of car owners is still significantly lower, as many as 58 percent of respondents reported the same.

      Download the brochure "(Electric) Mobility During the COVID-19 Pandemic" as part of the Mobility Study 2020.

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