We are already living in the future! What seemed impossible two decades ago is our daily experience today. Transportation is one such aspect of life that has seen drastic changes in recent times. From refinement of engines, modifications of basic automobile components to advent of electric vehicles, the transportation sector is constantly improving and readying itself for the future. Upgradation to 5G network will further transform businesses, industries and consumers with intelligent connectivity. Within a span of 5-10 years, we are going to witness rapid changes in mobility around the world and a beginning of an era of connected cities and transportation. Let’s dive into how connected transportation is going to change our lives.
Better coordination with surroundings
A wide range of services, technologies and applications can allow a vehicle to connect with other vehicles, infrastructure and surroundings. Also, the various communications devices available inside the vehicle will allow in-car connectivity with other devices in the vehicle. A connected vehicle can be connected with various types of networks, applications, services and external devices. These applications and services include traffic safety, parking assistance, remote assistance, infotainment, remote diagnostics and global positioning systems (GPS).
Generally, in autonomous driving, vehicles that include cooperative intelligent transport systems (C-ITS) and interactive advanced driver-assistance systems (ADASs) are considered as connected. Safety applications based on connected-vehicle systems are designed to reduce traffic accidents and enhance situation awareness with the help of Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) communications. V2V communication technology can prove to be quite helpful in improving safety as it could reduce traffic congestion and traffic collisions by exchanging basic safety data such as speed, direction and location to other connected vehicles. It can further extend active safety features like blind-spot detection and forward collision warning.
Assistance to drivers
One of the major benefits of connected transportation is the added assistance to drivers. ADAS technology uses sensor technology, vehicle data networks, vision/camera systems or other V2V systems. This technology provides automated braking, adaptive cruise control, smartphones accessibility, driver alerts to hazards, traffic warning, incorporated GPS and information to drivers about blind spots.
With more and more electric vehicles entering into the automotive industry, very soon we are going to see a future of vehicles which are completely electric and autonomous. Use of electric vehicles would contribute to the reduction of air pollution and will be a great initiative towards fighting climate change.
Saving of time
With connected cities and transportation where vehicles would be running with enhanced awareness of their surroundings, we will see reduced traffic congestion and more saving of time. Also, due to advent of autonomous vehicles, we will see people spending less time behind the wheels and having more productive time on disposal.
With all these factors, we can safely derive that with connected cities and transportation, we are going to see a whole new era of automotive industry which will change the way people and things transport.