Smart Mobility

Smart Mobility: The Future of Transportation is here


Connected and autonomous vehicles are poised to transform our transportation systems. Automakers and technology companies have been developing self-driving car technologies that use sensors, cameras and artificial intelligence to drive themselves. Several companies like Tesla, GM, Ford, Uber, Waymo and others have been testing fully autonomous vehicles on public roads. The testing has shown enormous potential of these new vehicles. They can detect other vehicles, pedestrians, traffic signals and navigate complex routes without any human intervention. The vehicles use vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication to share real-time traffic, road and position data with other vehicles and transport infrastructure for improved safety, traffic flow and environmental benefits.

Traffic Congestion Reduction Through Ridesharing and Mobility Services

The increasing traffic congestion in urban areas is a huge problem. Smart mobility solutions can help reduce congestion substantially. Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft allow people to share rides and reduce the number of vehicles on roads. These services use mobile apps to efficiently match riders going in the same direction. Mobility services are also expanding rapidly with e-scooters, e-bikes and shared autonomous pods for last-mile connectivity. First and last-mile connectivity is a major issue, and these innovative services can bridge gaps in public transportation networks. Dockless shared vehicles provide flexible, on-demand mobility options without fixed routes or schedules helping to further reduce congestion and pollution.

Cleaner Transportation Through Electrification and Alternative Fuels

Transitioning to electric and other alternative fuel vehicles is crucial for sustainability and reducing emissions from the transport sector. Major automakers have ambitious plans to introduce hundreds of new electric vehicle models in the coming years across all categories like passenger cars, delivery vans, buses and trucks. Governments are providing incentives for buying EVs and setting regulations to mandate a certain percentage of new vehicle sales to be electric. Fast charging networks are expanding rapidly to alleviate range anxiety. Alternative fuels like hydrogen are also gaining attention as a potential clean fuel for heavy-duty vehicles like trucks and fleet operations. Overall, cleantech solutions make transportation more sustainable and environment-friendly without compromising performance or convenience.

Mobility as a Service and Transportation on Demand

The shift is towards access-based Smart Mobility over private vehicle ownership. New integrated mobility platforms allow consumers to plan trips, book multiple transportation services and pay using a single mobility wallet or monthly subscription. This on-demand, pay-per-use model is termed Mobility as a Service (MaaS). Private companies are launching mobility hubs that aggregate several modes of transportation like public transit, ridesharing, carsharing, bikesharing, scooter sharing in a single interface. Customers can select the best option for each trip based on price, convenience and environmental impact. Transportation departments are working on integrating these emerging mobility services in public transit networks to offer seamless door-to-door connectivity. The MaaS concept promotes multi-modal and shared transportation for affordable, efficient and sustainable mobility in cities.

Smart Infrastructure and Transportation Management Systems

Smart mobility relies on modern digital infrastructure and intelligent transportation systems. Connected vehicles communicate real-time traffic conditions and route planning with Traffic Management Centers. Advanced sensors on roads monitor traffic flow, incidents and adjust signal timings accordingly. Smart parking facilities use sensors and mobile apps to guide drivers to available spaces reducing time spent searching. Electric vehicle charging infrastructure requires smart coordination between the grid and dynamically managed charging stations. Emerging 5G networks provide high-speed connectivity essential for data-intensive applications like autonomous driving, augmented reality navigation and vehicle-to-everything communications. Integrated mobility platforms depend on open data sharing among public and private transportation entities. Overall, infrastructure, policies and technologies need to evolve hand-in-hand enabling a seamless smart mobility experience.

The convergence of connectivity, autonomous driving, electrification, shared mobility, and smart infrastructure is enabling a revolution in transportation and mobility. Smart mobility provides safer, affordable and environment-friendly transportation options with seamless integration across modes. Emerging technologies empower citizens with flexible on-demand transport while maximizing resource utilization through shared mobility systems. Though several challenges persist in terms of regulations, infrastructure readiness and public acceptance, smart mobility offers an exciting vision of future transportation for livable, productive and sustainable cities. Ongoing pilot projects and policy experiments will help accelerate this transition across the world to a more intelligent transportation landscape.

1.  Source: Coherent Market Insights, Public sources, Desk research
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