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How the Internet of Things (IoT) is revolutionizing connected mobility

From real-time, data-driven decision-making to personalized transportation experiences, the meteoric rise of connected mobility is dramatically shifting the landscape for urban traffic, logistics, and public transportation. 

The world of technology is racing towards a future where everything is interconnected. It’s an ambitious vision – but it is also becoming a reality in the automotive realm, thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT). Connected mobility is reshaping our travel experiences, fusing cutting-edge technology seamlessly into our daily journeys. 

The rise of connected mobility

The automotive industry is witnessing a remarkable surge in wireless communication technologies. By 2028, the global connected car market is estimated to reach an astounding US$191.83 billion, representing an annual growth rate of 18.1%. The number of connected automobiles in use is projected to surpass 400 million by 2025, showing significant growth compared to 237 million in 2021.

 

Several factors contribute to this trend, including the growing demand for safety and convenience features, the allure of infotainment options, and the maturation of electric and autonomous vehicles. However, the driving force behind this transformation is the widespread adoption of IoT and the advent of 5G technology. 

IoT’s impact on urban traffic

In this era of IoT-powered connected mobility, vehicles have evolved into intelligent, data-driven machines capable of gathering, processing, and exchanging information in real-time. Envision a scenario where your car detects an impending traffic jam and dynamically reroutes to an alternative path. Such seamless navigation is made possible through IoT-powered connectivity, enabling data-informed decisions for efficient travel. 

 

Connected mobility promises a world where vehicles, infrastructure, and commuters communicate effortlessly. IoT sensors embedded within vehicles and transport infrastructure act as conduits for real-time data exchange. One real-world example is already in service, in Barcelona, where IoT-based smart traffic lights have significantly reduced congestion, leading to a 21% decrease in average travel times and benefiting both commuters and the environment. 

IoT integration in logistics and transportation

Connected mobility extends beyond city streets, offering substantial benefits to the logistics and transportation sectors. Equipping fleets with IoT sensors allows for real-time monitoring of vehicle health and performance. Predictive maintenance, driven by data analytics and machine learning, detects anomalies and potential breakdowns before they occur, helping to reduce costly downtime while enhancing safety. 

 

One leading delivery company, for example, achieved a remarkable 30% reduction in maintenance costs and a 20% increase in fuel efficiency through the installation of IoT sensors. 

The magic of personalized transportation

Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of connected mobility is its potential to enable truly personalized transportation, where IoT-powered vehicles become virtual extensions of their drivers, continuously learning from their preferences and driving habits. By analyzing data on acceleration, braking, and navigation choices, IoT can offer tailored suggestions for eco-friendly driving, contributing to reduced carbon footprints. Some automotive giants are even incorporating biometric data analysis into their connected cars, elevating driving to a holistic well-being journey. 

Driving change in public transportation

IoT’s impact on public transportation will be wide-ranging. Smart buses and trains equipped with IoT sensors can provide real-time occupancy information, allowing commuters to plan their trips more efficiently. Cities can optimize public transit routes based on demand, reducing overcrowding and promoting sustainable transportation. 

 

In Singapore, an IoT-based bus tracking system significantly boosted public transit use, aligning with the city-state’s goal of becoming a “car-lite” society. 

The road ahead: collaboration, challenges, and privacy

The IoT-driven connected mobility revolution is transforming transportation as we know it. From optimizing traffic flow and reducing congestion to empowering personalized transportation experiences and enhancing public transit, the connected mobility paradigm promises enhanced safety, efficiency, and sustainability. 

 

Challenges remain. The technology is still evolving. Costs and the resources required for connected infrastructure may be prohibitive in some markets. And the collection and dissemination of so much data raises legitimate concerns about privacy. The key to successfully clearing those hurdles is collaboration among stakeholders – OEMs, public officials, and technology firms who will innovate the next phase of connected mobility. Together, we can pave the way for a greener, smarter, and more efficient mobility ecosystem, shaping a better future of transportation for generations to come. 

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Yash Rao

Principal Embedded Systems Engineer, Intangles

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