Modern mobility doesn't lack technical innovation, and new technology and auto brands are equally complete for the same mobility space. There are several autonomous cars and micromobility vehicles already on the market and also in the testing phase. Big players like Google, Tesla, Apple, Mercedes-Benz, General Motors, Bosch, Toyota, Nissan, And Audi (to name a few) strive to invent the future of urban mobility. However, the actual technology is just one, although a significant part of the system. To ensure that cities can adjust and benefit from these new networks, we still face various challenges.
Stable connectivity and a solid wireless network are required to ensure smooth communication between the various vehicles, road signs, passengers, pedestrians, and software systems.
Managing Systems and Data:
Build adequate systems that can store and process data connected to transportation mobility, especially data center capacity, is another essential step. Modern mobility provides a substantial opportunity to create new platforms that facilitate the management and value creation from the data collected.
At the base of building a physical and technological network, it is essential to focus on the safety of the technology. Cybersecurity has to be a top priority in planning and deploying the infrastructure of modern mobility networks, including within the vehicles, roadside, and operating systems.
To be able to operate vehicles seamlessly, it is essential to build an adequate charging station network covering the critical areas (ultimately whole countries) without interruptions. Another task to consider is the adjustment of roads and highways to accommodate driverless trucks and cars. This task requires long-term planning and, where it's not possible to implement it, there will be a need for enabling micromobility usage. Apart from road planning and construction, putting up road signs, traffic lights, and markings to regulate traffic is equally important to safe transition.
Government and Local Regulations:
Forward-looking strategies and unified cooperation are necessary on a local and national level to ensure end-to-end mobility and safety. Establishing mobility is a long-term project that provides many benefits for humanity and the environment. To enable a seamless operation, governmental and local support is of utmost necessity.