At the very least, all experts agree on one thing: transportation in 2021 cannot be the same as mobility in 2030. Cities must once again serve people rather than automobiles.
The fact that transportation emits the biggest amount of CO2 emissions in the world, at 24%. Meanwhile, every motorist in Munich spends an average of 87 hours per year (or ten working days) stuck in traffic. This proves that things can’t keep going like this.
However, answers to these issues are already in the future. Future of Mobility will be more broad, intelligent, shared, and environmentally friendly.
Despite the obvious influence of the COVID-19 pandemic, various mobility developments in recent years have already sent the vehicle industry into a collapse.
Emissions concerns and electric vehicles have become more dominant as a result of growing environmental movements. Meanwhile, the digital disruption generated by ridesharing services has led many consumers to wonder whether they really need a car.
Future of Mobility INVESTMENT IS ON THE INCREASE:
Modern vehicles have computer software as a standard feature, resulting in more results and long-lasting vehicles. Modern automobiles are more expensive to buy. However, they are also more strong and more trustworthy, so consumers are more likely to keep them for longer.
According to TopTal’s estimate, car software content will grow at an annual rate of 11%, to the point where computer software will account for 30% of all vehicle software by 2025.
As venture capitalists and private equity companies flock to the market to finance promising software businesses looking to capitalize on high-potential mobility trends, ridesharing apps are expanding beyond the Uber model.
1. Drive less, drive better:
“Mobility is at the heart of the future of sustainability,” according to the World Economic Forum of the United Nations. The automobile will continue to play an important role in the future, although it will be less so than it is now. According to the British market research firm Kantar’s “Mobility Futures” study, cars still account for 51% of global mobility in large cities.
This proportion is predicted to rise to 46% by 2030, with shared, electric, and self-driving automobiles becoming more prevalent.
Citizens in the Belgian city of Ghent, for example, are willing to adopt fresh, intelligent solutions. It already uses data-driven traffic, bike lanes, and pedestrian zones management to “better the lives of its citizens.”
2. The future on two wheels:
Experts predict a significant increase in urban bicycle use in the next years. Thanks to more powerful and convenient e-bikes, bike-sharing, and enhanced infrastructure such as safe cycle pathways and bicycle parking garages. According to the Kantar report, bicycle traffic in major cities around the world will increase by 18% by 2030. No other industry is growing at a greater rate.
According to the report, walking will increase by 15%, while public transportation would increase by 6%. Cycling is practical and healthful, according to expert Hans-Peter Kleebinder‘s future vision: “Mobility should be enjoyable again, simply function, and make our lives easier at the same time.” The growing popularity of cycling benefits everyone.
3. Shared mobility:
That owning a car for 20,000 euros, 30,000 euros, or more and then using it for one hour a day (or about 4% of its service life) is not a particularly intelligent concept – this fact is likely to catch on with a lot of people in the coming years. Because there will be far more practical, less expensive, and environmentally friendly ways to move from point A to point B.
Mobility becomes a rented and paid-for service, with the option of a fixed charge if preferred.
4. Autonomous driving:
Of course, electric.
The German government has set a goal of putting ten million electric automobiles on the road by 2030. In the meanwhile, this goal may no longer be adequate. “In order to achieve the climate targets, we must become even more ambitious: 14 million e-vehicles by 2030 must be the new target, according to experts,” says Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU). The fact that only roughly ten million electric cars were on the road worldwide in 2020 demonstrates how lofty this goal is.
The charging infrastructure is the most significant stumbling block on this approach. Anand Ayyadurai, the CEO of the Indian counterpart says,
“If the cost of renewable energy continues to decline, more and more users or owners of electric cars will be able to charge their vehicles at local green power or solar stations,” says Vogo, a car-sharing company. Seniors will be able to remain independent and mobile for longer thanks to autonomous vehicles.
People who don’t have to worry about traffic will find driving to be an enjoyable part of their free time. Furthermore, because autonomous automobiles, at least in theory, do not cause accidents, cities’ traffic infrastructure spending is reduced.
5. Mobility and the Internet of Things:
The Internet of Things (IoT), which will connect billions of items in the future, ranging from smartphones to heating systems to automobiles, will also play a key role in future mobility.
Anyone who wants to get from point A to point B in the future will use a mobility app to choose which location they want to visit and when they want to arrive.
The software will then recommend the best mix of modes of transportation. Since it is connected to all modes of transportation. This will depend on the day, time, and load.
Artificial intelligence and “Big Data” learn about citizens’ requirements and dynamically change allocations of roads and cycle lanes. For example, depending on the time of day. Because massive amounts of data will be exchanged in the future between drivers, vehicles, manufacturers, service centers.
Along with, municipal infrastructure, data security and secure connections will be critical. It has to be flawless.
Hitachi, a Japanese automaker, believes that cutting-edge Internet technologies will be used in mobility as well: “Hackers can protect both automotive systems and personal data with a blockchain solution backed by cybersecurity experts.”