Smart Mobility, whether it be moving people, goods, or services is the lifeblood of our future city, and one that we must get right before a city can truly become a well-oiled machine. Without it, it is impossible to move commerce efficiently through time or space.
In a perfect world, a transportation system should move the necessities required for complex urban life the same way the blood system moves nutrients throughout a body. If a body’s bloodstream is clogged, pressured, and inefficient, the body will breakdown – the same holds true for a smart city. For example, a hospital can identify that a required medical device is in a hospital across town, but if moving the patient or the equipment remains inefficient then the benefits are non-existent. On the other hand, a system that allows for faster and prioritized routing, and seamlessly integrates with all modes of transportation to find the most efficient route increases the usefulness of detecting, identifying, and servicing the need.
As a subset of the IoT, the transportation industry is facing many of the same pressures that all technologies are facing. Industry awareness and media attention centers around what we can do as opposed to what we should do. The question we keep trying to answer is “When?” When will autonomous vehicles hit the road? When will we live like The Jetsons? When can I use my car as an office? This is a poor way to look at things and something which leads us to dangerous outcomes that ultimately hurt technology adoption. This happens because there becomes a focus on giving the consumer what they know; not really what they want or need. Henry Ford once said, “If I asked people what they wanted, they would have told me a better horse.” In this vein, the question we should be asking instead of the ‘when’ is, “how do we service people better?” Or more specifically, “how do we move people, goods, and services safer, faster, and with less energy?” It is not about how much or how quickly we drive new technology to the road, it is about the problems we want to solve in our day-to-day personal and professional lives.
Source : IoT Evolution World