Intangles’ Principal Embedded Systems Engineer, Yash Rao, writes for The Times Of India. Highlighting the latest breakthroughs and developments on the sustainability front, the article talks about future tech-driven possibilities in the Indian passenger mobility segment.
Countries all over the world are pushing for the adoption of more sustainable and greener lifestyles. The Paris agreement signed by 195 countries across the globe for environmental conservation is a step in the right direction. In lieu of that, we need to put in efforts in the times to come to ensure we meet our sustainable development goals. The contribution of gasoline and diesel-powered automobiles to global warming is one of the most pressing issues of our time. To make mobility safer, green, and more comfortable, we need to follow the 3C model (Clean, Convenient, and Congestion-free). We must work towards providing a clean environment with seamless, safe, and affordable mobility solutions. Pollution, traffic congestion, and associated health hazards are some of the issues that need to be dealt with.
Intelligent Transport System – Powered by IoT, AI, Big Data Analysis & Statistical Analysis
Automobile companies are collaborating with mobility solution providers to solve real-world issues of commercial vehicles. They enable automotive companies to create vehicles equipped with Machine Learning and Digital Twin paradigms. These disruptive solutions allow assessments and predictive asset maintenance that enhances public transport’s overall profitability and uptime.
Public transport passengers get up-to-date data about their trip’s course, duration, and other vital information using real-time passenger information systems. Condition-based predictive maintenance monitors performance and equipment conditions throughout a vehicle’s usage cycle, in turn reducing events of breakdowns and saving fuel costs. Through integrated ticketing, travellers can complete a journey with a single ticket even after moving within or between multiple transport modes. Contactless smart card-based AFC (Automatic Fare Collection) systems have gained prominence after the pandemic. Public transport passengers use them as an information carrier and payment device. They have embedded readers that offer contactless communications.
Traffic Management Systems provide control all across the transit network. They help set routes for trains and record their movements automatically. They also aid in detecting and resolving potential conflicts preemptively. Electronic Toll Collection is a great solution to lower traffic congestion on roads. The system deducts the toll payment automatically without needing travellers to stop at the toll gate. On-board video surveillance systems are the proactive approach to ensure operator and passenger safety. Equipment like mobile video digital recorders helps capture complete pictures of each incident. Plus, automatic downloads of broad security footage are available, making them accessible from anywhere.
Through these innovations and flourishing breakthroughs, we as a nation are on our way to revamping the mobility ecosystem. With adequate R&D and the development of alternate energy and CNG infrastructure, the public transport system can witness major advancements.
Future of India’s Mobility
Sustainable mobility is a compelling concept that can lead to many positive outcomes for the people and the economy of an entire nation. Over the next decade, with investments in innovative technology, building out public transport infrastructure, and deregulating pilot projects, India has the potential to become a leader in efficient passenger commuting.
The need is to reduce our dependence on IC vehicles and use renewable resources for energy generation, promote battery swapping to make EVs more accessible and establish captive solar farms for rural areas. The above steps are the stepping stones to ensuring clean mobility, i.e., reduced congestion, low carbon footprint, and reduced travel time.