Five main axes which will revolutionize the mobility of the future
The World Automobile Show was held in October 2018, and LCI ran the headline at the time that “Tomorrow’s cars will be electric, autonomous, shared and connected”.
A remote controlled car in short, but far from the gadgets of our childhood.
A smart car like the K2000 then? Yes, but silent…and above all, equipped with predictive algorithms.
In short, a mix of all the fantasies from our favorite childhood tv shows, but with very real challenges and constraints…
Electricity: the new driver of mobility
To date, electricity remains the only form of energy capable of replacing gasoline, which is still considered too polluting. The 2024 target is a seven-fold increase in the number of electric vehicles throughout Europe (currently capped at 1%).
This has already been mentioned in a previous article, but there are two things to remember: the issues associated with vehicle recharging and range.
Indeed, autonomy is a key point in the automotive industry and a necessity for any innovation in the smart city sector.
“Sharing is caring”
And while we’re talking about reinventing mobility, let’s not forget that people aren’t prepared to spend crazy amounts of money, either! In fact, there’s been a marked increase in the practice of carpooling.
There are two reasons for this: the first is the sharing of costs and, consequently, the financial gains realized, and the second is the encouragement of this method of transportation in our daily lives. Whether in the media or in corporate settings, everyone seems to agree that car-sharing is the ideal mode of transportation for limiting CO² emissions as well as for reducing rush-hour congestion in cities.
Mobility will be impossible without the connected car
The term connectivity doesn’t directly benefit the motorist as much as it benefits traffic. Indeed, the benefit of connectivity lies in its ability to link vehicles using Big Data Management software and machine learning. The result can have a significant impact on urban mobility.
It’s all about offering modified itineraries based on the detection of unforeseen events (accidents, traffic jams, etc.), which will make traffic flow more smoothly.
But connectivity also does save the driver time. It’s conceivable that, depending on the level of fuel remaining, vehicles themselves could suggest the shortest route to the nearest gas station.
The same goes for parking lots. It would be great to link parking lot data in real time with connected vehicles so drivers don’t waste time looking for parking spots…
What does all this mean?
To summarize the changes currently taking place in the automotive sector, we’ll quote Jean-Pierre Farandou, CEO of Keolis:
“The transportation industry is entering its fourth revolution…that of energy transformation, shared cars and autonomous transport.”
Each year, new car models appear which check all the boxes. Some go even further with tests of self-driving vehicles.
Perhaps tomorrow’s mobility will be about getting around without having to drive?
Read the 2nd article about future’s mobility: Tomorrow’s mobility will be aerial or underwater