What does the future of mobility mean to you? Think about this – how do you move around from one place to another currently? How do you commute to work or get to your preferred supermarket? Now, ask yourself this… are you happy with the solutions afforded to you currently?
We have to continuously consider what the future of mobility will look like and the role of companies or entire cities in transforming the future. Each individual will probably have a different opinion about what mobility means to them and how it affects their everyday life. As urbanisation continues to grow along with evolving technology, every individual’s opinion or attitude on mobility solutions will also change continually.
Car Remains King
If we use Hollywood as a reference point, it should have been possible for us to have used teleportation as a significant mobility solution the same way Marty McFly did with a hoverboard in the movie Back To The Future.
True, we have witnessed many technological innovations in the past twenty seven years since the release of the cult classic, but even today it’s hard to imagine cities investing heavily in Segway lanes or teleportation for that matter. It’s almost impossible to predict what technology has in store for us in the near future, but the one thing we can be sure of is that cars are in the here and now.
Recent figures showcase that there are almost 1.2 billion cars presently and it is predicted to rise to a total of 2 billion by the year 2035. Now, if we compare this to the present global population, which is estimated to stand at 7.4 billion, it’s clear to see that more effective usage models need to be identified. So, what patterns do we expect to observe in the next 5-10 years worldwide?
A continued need for the usage of cars.
This will be aided by a combination of important factors such as population, innovation, job growth and evolving technology, which will ensure that cars become more cost effective, safer and greener. The current hope is that the development of new individual focused innovations will make access to cars much easier than before.
But, with the expected increase in the use of vehicles, especially in cities, it is natural to account for an increase in the number of issues that hamper road congestions due to wheel detachments (which can be avoided by installing wheel nut safety devices), infrastructure and carbon emissions.
In the UK alone, current estimates predict costs in excess of £300 billion on account of road congestion and this figure is expected to rise threefold by the year 2030.
Individual Focused Mobility Solutions
Evolving technology is making it easier for many individuals to access or use cars either to drive themselves or utilise them through different services.
For example, in the last four years Uber has grown around 40-fold, while other ridesharing firms like GoMore, provide many individuals with access to vehicles to get them home, to work or elsewhere. Many experts predict that driverless cars will be a reality (a very popular one at that) much sooner than expected. Leading innovators in this niche like Tesla and Google are at the forefront of burgeoning industry developments. Recent research also seems to suggest that 70% of current drivers would prefer to ride around in a driverless car.
So, what about drivers?
It’s already possible for drivers to make customisations to their car that are in sync with their personal preferences. Drivers are also now afforded increased car accessibility because of factors such as a thriving used car market, private leasing along with many other car sharing solutions.
Collaboration Is Key To Securing The Future
The big question in front of us now is, how can our society, address and consider all these potential threats? In what can now be termed as a very intensive smart cities rat race, many cities and governments are eager to showcase that they are ready to embrace technology and innovation. Many important stakeholders will have to work in unison to find effective solutions that addresses all the immediate threats. This means that the sole responsibility does not just lie on the shoulders of the government and auto manufacturers. Individuals and organisations along with other significant stakeholders will have to work hand in hand to ensure that a fruitful resolution is arrived at to deal with the expected status quo.
Firms are tasked with the arduous responsibility of optimising their organisations expenditure on car mobility while at the same time try to maximise the utilisation of available vehicles. Additionally, they have to come up with bespoke solutions to address the mobility requirements of their current workforce. The development of mobility solutions to address employee concerns in a way that aligns with current tech trends is going to be extremely critical.
The fact remains that the priority revolves around addressing individual needs. Mobility means different things to different individuals. Numerous, important components need to work together in order to find the best possible solutions for the present, as well as investing in the future.