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What digitalization brings to transportation mobility?

Updated: Jun 2



While urbanization presents a list of benefits for people such as living in close proximity to

work, accessibility of various services, and time saved commuting; it also offers more and

more challenges. These issues are pollution, congestion, stressful and unpredictable

environments, and lack of service in various areas. Digitalization to transportation mobility

helps balance some of these adverse effects because it enables increased efficiency, safety,

lowered costs, and better accessibility on the roads. 

Safety:

With modern road monitoring systems, we have the opportunity to avoid traffic accidents,

system failures, and vehicle malfunctions. We can also schedule maintenance and process

data in real-time, which enable more profound understanding and better problem-solving

opportunities. 

In-built sensors can support drivers to ensure they stay awake, fully engaged on the roads and

make the correct decisions in various situations such as speeding, taking over another car or

staying on the road for a more extended period of time. 

Reduction of traffic:

By introducing a city-wide camera and sensor systems, we can monitor the roads and adjust

the traffic as needed due to accidents, traffic jams, and peak times. Also, by introducing shared

mobility solutions such as ride-sharing, ride-hailing, and micro-mobility vehicles, a substantial

percentage of single drivers can be removed from the roads or at least utilized much more

efficiently. Modern mobility solutions free up roads and reduce traffic but also support the

mental well-being of travelers because they can socialize, study, or rest while they are on the

road. 

Accessibility:

Micromobility enables easy and cost-effective first and last-mile transportation solutions and

helps transportation from remote or more impoverished areas to connect with urban areas

without owning a car. 

Technology:

Different countries are taking various steps toward a digitalized transportation. At this stage,

there is no discussion about a standardized, borderless solution. However, the future certainly

will be based on digital innovations, the use of technology, IoT, big data, and monitored

systems. Collecting and processing data will support urban developments with a more

healthy, clean, and conscious approach.