Embracing the advent of a technology-driven future of transportation

Indhumathi D | March 28 - 2018

With the alarming rate at which population growth and congestion have been grappling the world, the need for intelligent transportation system is critical. And so, technological advancements have found their way in the transport industry signalling the arrival of smarter transport.

Adoption of IoT

The growing concentration of population in urban cities has made traffic and road congestion worse. And this situation doesn’t seem to improve at any time in the future. One of the earliest indications of relief has been the inclusion of IoT.

Internet of Things has been adopted into different transportation channels cautioning people regarding multiple scenarios, including traffic density and alternative routes to a destination. Such intelligent planning results in reduced vehicle congestion, which eventually leads to a decrease in carbon emission and improved air quality.

In fact, Sweden has been successful at implementing IoT for managing their peak hours and are destined to eliminate the concept of traffic jams by 2030.

Driverless cars

In the past, there has been an incessant debate regarding the arrival of driverless cars. However, with the rate at which technology providers and automobile giants have been pursuing this project, there’s no denying that the driverless cars are the future of transportation.  These autonomous vehicles are currently in the production and testing phase and are soon to be made available to the public. And before its arrival, it is crucial to consider formulating regulations and establishing the highest level of safety standards for self-driving vehicles.

Mobility as a Service

Lately, the intervention of innovation has shifted the focus of transportation towards Mobility as a Service (MaaS). As the self-driving cars have set the ‘sharing economy’ into motion, it won’t be long before people prefer to buy transportation service whenever the need arises, contrary to having complete ownership.

Smarter public transportation

Where self-driving cars are being projected mainly for commercial purposes, municipalities are eagerly discovering ways to incorporate smarter technology into public transportation. One of the most difficult conundrums for the government and transport leaders will be to build the necessary infrastructure to accommodate the emerging transportation systems. The key lies within reshaping the existing infrastructure for the needs of the future.

The future of transportation will showcase an increased inclusion of technology and connected intelligence will be the center of the ecosystem. Get ready for a rather massive transformation as this very advancement will reshape our lives and everything we know of.