McKinsey’s latest weekly Charts

To go from science fiction to reality, urban flying vehicles need to operate way more cheaply than helicopter shuttles do

For congested cities, urban-air-mobility vehicles could be a promising alternative to ground transportation. But to be successful, these vehicles need to cost 80 % less to operate than helicopters currently do.

To read the article, see “To take off, flying vehicles first need places to land,” August 31, 2020.

Market for automotive software and electronics expected to double by 2030

Software and electronics are increasingly more important to consumers and are becoming a larger share of car manufacturers’ costs.

To read the article, see “Software ‘should costing’: A new procurement tool for automotive companies,” September 11, 2020.

COVID-19 forced companies to act fast, and executives are planning big changes to keep up momentum

In most industries, more than half of leaders are considering or planning large-scale changes in their organizations, including how meetings are run, talent management, use of technology, and innovation. Flip through the interactive below to see what changes are expected in your industry.

To read the article, see “The need for speed in the post-COVID-19 era—and how to achieve it,” September 9, 2020.

School systems should view the COVID-19 crisis as an opportunity to reimagine learning

Educators had to innovate beyond the classroom during lockdowns, and the pandemic has magnified inequities in the educational system. By recommitting to what’s already working and exploring further innovation, schools can emerge from the crisis better than they were before.

To read the article, see “Reimagining a more equitable and resilient K–12 education system,” September 8, 2020.

Countries that focused on keeping virus spread near zero got their economies moving faster than others

Countries that took measures aimed at near-zero coronavirus-infection rates did a much better job at increasing “discretionary mobility” (getting people back out shopping, commuting, and working) than did those that balanced higher infection rates with fewer restrictions on economic activity.

To read the article, see “COVID-19: Saving thousands of lives and trillions in livelihoods,” August 17, 2020.