People today are mobile more than ever before, enjoying the greatest variety of types of transport to get from A to B. Apart from public means of transportation and one’s own car or bicycle, the market today is increasingly ruled by different sharing models or services such as Uber and Lyft.
However, the current offerings of mobility service providers are not yet as individual as the ways and habits of travelers. Vendors develop their own standalone solutions and interfaces to provide the traveling public with a simple booking process and a pleasant travel experience. The missing components are comprehensive platforms that encompass the entire mobility offering from origin to destination and offer the ideal individual route recommendation and booking option. There is still a lot of room for innovation in transport on the individual level as well.
Interlinked smart traffic lights, for example, operate dynamically (depending on the actual traffic volume) to avoid traffic jams as much as possible. It’s possible that we may even do without traffic lights entirely in the future. When self-driving cars, buses and trains become a reality in the future, additional guidance signals theoretically would no longer be needed. All vehicles are connected to each other. Driving, stopping and custom selection of the best route based on the traffic situation occur automatically. The challenge lies in the implementation of mature solutions supported by artificial intelligence. What we definitely can expect in such an advanced world is the omission of printed tickets that have to be bought with cash from a conductor or a ticket vending machine. Instead, whoever is embarking and disembarking at what time is identified automatically. Cashless payment runs in the background without any passenger input. Another solution to congested roads in inner cities is to relocate traffic. It is only a matter of time until suspension railways or flying taxis play a role in our daily life.