How has the transport sector changed?
The transportation systems that connects the whole world is at the brink of a major overhaul. With technological advancements taking place, intelligent transportation systems (ITS) are making your driving experience smoother with a better management of the traffic. Infrastructural changes are demanding global investments in the realm of legislations, concepts and policies related to transportation. It is technology that is bridging the gap between transportation and infrastructure.
With an increased population, there is an increase in traffic. But many governments do not have sufficient money to invest in transportation sector to improve it. So transportation technologies are innovating to meet the increasing demand. ITS is all set to transform the transportation sector into a more dynamic and connected component of the city. There is an emergence of new transportation technologies to meet the challenges. Some of these include connected and autonomous vehicles, keyless fleet management, alternative fuels and traffic analytics. There is also local zoning and planning policies that support transit-oriented development. In the future new technology for on-road communications will drastically transform how vehicles operate and provide information and capabilities for better, real-time traffic management – if the necessary network infrastructure is in place.
To elaborate on some of these changes:
ITS: as per some research in the US, it has been said that ITS does improve transportation safety and enhance mobility by integrating wireless communication technologies.
Autonomous and connected vehicles: connected technology ensures that there is wireless communication between vehicles and between vehicle and pedestrian.
Electric vehicles: there is an increase in infrastructural investment for electric vehicles. This is done to decrease environmental hazards.
Driving data: intelligent infrastructural and data analytics record helpful data that help authorities to take better decisions to manage traffic better.
Smart Cities: in the recent times with development of ITS, governments are trying to bridge the gap between infrastructural demands and funding inadequacy and paving their ways towards smart cities.
Examples of technological advancements in transportation:
There are some examples of how technology is contributing towards autonomous vehicles:
Self-driven trucks: technology is advancing towards to point where vehicles will be driverless, but this shall take some time till driverless software is perfected.
Real-time logistics: soon with the help of telematics it shall be possible to integrate trucks into logistics data across the entire supply chain network.
Automated collection system helps enhance logisitcs via collection of real time data for analysis.
There are many more such examples. To know about them all you need to do is apply now to any transport website.