Changing the Game for Tech in Transportation
Tech Disruptions That Will Shape the Transportation Industry
A wave of technological innovations has hit the transportation and automotive sector during the past years which made it possible to create and test new modes of driving cars and customizing the commuting experience.
While innovations continue to be filtered through research and testing, going forward, what are some of these disruptive technologies and trends that have changed and will continue to change the transportation sector in the future?
Advanced Automotive Cloud Technology
Cloud technology has definitely transformed the automotive industry, allowing car owners to customize and remain connected even while on the road. While digitizing the car audio system was one of the early innovations made possible through the cloud, the technology has moved several steps forward. Cloud technology has now enabled voice activation for specific personal and office productivity tasks and for operating the self-driving feature in advanced cars. It also opened doors for the precise analysis of vehicle performance through sensors.
In a few years when cloud technology has become mainstream, connected cars will dominate the road. Industry pundits forecast that around 220 million cloud-connected cars will be on the streets by 2020. In terms of revenue numbers, around $1.7 trillion will be generated from related connectivity services, software, and features.
To showcase these new connected vehicles, digitally trained car sales personnel will be tapping into systems such as virtual reality (VR) so customers will have more in-depth interaction with the new connected features. However, change will not occur rapidly across global markets as technology adoption will vary from location to location.
Driverless Transportation System
Automation has also made it possible for driverless cars to hit the streets, or at least early prototypes of such vehicles. Deloitte speculates on the future of transportation mobility, which moved from states starting with the personally owned vehicle, car-sharing mode and then the driverless cars. In the final state, of “accessible autonomy,” self-driving fleets of vehicles will be on the streets managed by a provider, which will change group transportation systems.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk, one of the precursors of driverless car technology, predicts full production of Level 5 or fully-automated cars to occur in just two years. Meanwhile, other companies such as BMW have also unveiled plans to test or launch their own fleet of unmanned vehicles as early as the end of this year. Some of these cars are at conditional automation mode where the passenger has to “respond” when needed to control certain aspects of the driving experience.
Advanced Fleet Management Technology
Advancements in Telematics technology improved and will continue to improve fleet management as the technology becomes more refined. Telematics combines the use of global positioning systems or GPS and other communications technology and software to monitor several service vehicles. The technology ushered in more predictability in terms of scheduling fleet service and maintenance as well as performance assessment and tracking while vehicles are on the road. For those in the business of managing a vehicle service pool, the technology made it possible to also measure other components such as fleet fuel consumption.
Another advancement in fleet management is the use of advanced dispatch software that operates on cloud technology. used across the automotive industry to monitor different types of fleet services, from medical transport to trucking and delivery vehicles.
Transforming the Industry
On the manufacturing and production side of things, the rapid introduction of new technology also caused the auto industry to change and evolve. This path of self-evaluation led to the creation of new partnerships with tech industries in order to float and stay relevant. Some of the car manufacturers have set up shop in Silicon Valley while there are tech companies such as Google that have started their own automotive project.
More players are converging to develop better technology to change how we commute, drive, and transport goods and services in the coming years. Hopefully, these disruptions will transform the commuting experience of a greater number of people by making the technology more affordable, more safe, and efficient.