Intelligent mobility: smarter together

ITSReviewAnnual2015

Intelligent mobility Smarter together The ITS industry is in a period of transition, it seems, driven by two main factors. The first is technology; the proliferation of sensors, smart phones and satnavs, the advance of connectivity, and our ability to analyse and predict in real-time are opening up all sorts of opportunities for innovation. The second factor is the role of the user; for reasons outside the scope of this article, the user appears to be taking their rightful place at the centre of how we think about the systems we provide and how we provide them. There is realignment around the realisation that all of this is about safely and efficiently moving people and their goods. The term which captures this transition quite neatly and is now being used widely in the UK is intelligent mobility. Intelligent mobility offers a vision of seamless multi-modal journeys, informed travellers and efficient networks. It captures the potential of a truly user-focused mobility system which embraces the possibilities that emerging technologies present. There is clearly much work to be done to get there but the intelligent mobility agenda is driving everything and everyone to be smarter – vehicles, infrastructure, systems, network operators, policy-makers and users. In short, the required intelligence must come from all of those elements which ultimately make up a mobility system. 38 ITS REVIEW Annual Review 2015 Smarter Together For the potential of intelligent mobility to be reached, it isn’t enough for only some of those elements to be improved; we must get smarter at the whole system level rather than the component level. In the same way as the modern desktop computer has seen an interdependent development of hardware, software and connectivity alongside an increasing ability of users (businesses or otherwise) to draw out value, so must the networks, vehicles, and operators of mobility systems develop together to deliver against growing expectations. We must all become smarter together which means ideally moving in a complementary trajectory - centred around the needs of the smarter user - and at a reasonably similar pace. Collaborative Development Smarter together applies not just to our technologies but also to us as individuals and organisations working in the sector. Whilst clients should push suppliers to come up with new, smarter solutions and suppliers should in turn keep demonstrating the art of the possible, neither party can move too far ahead of the other. Ideally, through a closer level of collaboration between intelligent clients and open and communicative supply partners, we’ll see more mutually beneficial development towards intelligent mobility. Intelligent mobility combines the desire for multi-modal systems integration with the flexibility enabled by effective and non-proprietary telecommunications. The array of components, services, managing


ITSReviewAnnual2015
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