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Six Technologies to Keep an Eye on in the Transport Sector

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The Transportation Industry May Get a Futuristic Face-Lift

2/4/2016 by Sarah Barbod

The Department of Transportation’s National Transportation Systems Center, Volpe, has released a list of 11 emerging technologies that could radically change transportation. Here, we examine six of the 11, and take a look at what innovations might be coming down the road.

The Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things means a network of sensors, software, and electronics that are attached to physical objects. This network has the ability to connect to each other, exchange GPS data, and in essence speak to its connected community. For example, a road’s sensors that detect rain, icing, or potentially dangerous driving conditions, can alert maintenance crews and approaching drivers who share the network. The technology could revolutionize road safety and fleet management. But it still carries serious privacy and security concerns, including hacking.

Advanced analytics and machine learning

Transportation already generates a large amount of data. From telematics, to traffic reports and speed-monitoring cameras, even sales records at truck-stops. Advanced analytics means developing computers that can find patterns in this vast quantity of information and respond intelligently in real-time. An end to traffic congestion thanks to system-wide management is one possible benefit.

Automated vehicles

Partially automated vehicles, such as those that can avoid collisions or stay within lanes on their own, are already on the road. Fully autonomous vehicles are in development. Some benefits of the technology are obvious; a self-driving car could take its drunk owner home safely, for example. Other consequences are harder to predict, such as how autonomous vehicles might change demand for mass transportation.

On-demand ride services

Taxi alternatives are the best-known type of on-demand ride service, but similar platforms are being used for demand-responsive bus routing, local delivery service, and more efficient freight brokerage. In all cases, the result is greater flexibility, efficiency, and price transparency for users, but the law has not yet caught up to these new business arrangements, so the services typically operate without clear regulatory guidance.

Wireless power transfer

Wireless power transfer means using magnetic technology within the road to recharge electric vehicles either as they drive or as they sit at dedicated fast charging stations. Such systems would allow electric busses to stay in service longer at a stretch as well as offering an alternative way to charge privately-owned plug-ins. Autonomous vehicles could charge themselves without waiting for a human to plug them in.

Hyperloop

Hyperloop is something like a high-speed train, except it runs inside tubes with very low air pressure, thus dramatically reducing wind-resistance. Hyperloop does not exist yet, but early research looks promising. The technology would offer all the social and economic benefits of traditional train lines but more efficiently and with fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

Each of these technologies could have unpredictable consequences, both good and bad, depending on how they interact with each other, how the transportation industry responds, and ultimately how laws and policy respond.

What we do know is that the future of transportation will not look like the past.

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