Wednesday, April 6, 2016

London Conference Will Discuss the Future of Cars and Road Freight Vehicles

Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Trucks Will Change Things Completely
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UK – WORLDWIDE - Frost & Sullivan, the international consultancy which advises on trends in technology to influence the development strategies of its clients, produces over one hundred research studies each year under its global mobility programme. Its latest predictions include the possibility that approximately 300,000 heavy-duty truck drivers globally could lose their jobs by 2035 because of the adoption of new freight efficiency enhancement tools, automated driving and other utilisation technologies, if true an answer at a stroke to any future HGV driver shortage in the road haulage sector.

Obviously all seasoned logistics campaigners will know that such predictions are often predestined to fail, the factors affecting the future of transport can rarely be gauged with any accuracy, however this latest analysis does have some merits and certainly gives pause for thought.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Digitisation will change the future of road transport, challenge traditional business models and create immense potential for innovation. In future, vehicles will be cognitive, not only will they recognise voices and be able to optimise each journey, they will also incorporate other cognitive technologies of AI, computer vision, machine learning, rules based systems as well as planning and scheduling. Two of the major concerns connected to road vehicles are accidents and pollution, factors likely to be significantly reduced once electric vehicles and autonomous driving work together. AI enabled automated driving also has the potential to eliminate traffic jams, as Frost & Sullivan Senior Partner Sarwant Singh explains:

“Today, when you are caught in a traffic jam, it is already too late. In future, AI combined with data analytics could predict a traffic jam, avoiding not only you getting into the traffic jam but preventing congestion in the first place. We are moving rapidly into the cognitive era where Artificial Intelligence and digitisation in cars and transport will disrupt the future of the car and pave the way for new business models. Everything from vehicle design to ownership models and mobility services will be transformed. This is an exciting change for the industry to embrace.”

Motorists are already seeing signs of improvement since the recent introduction of ‘Smart’ motorways, signs causing traffic to slow to anticipate a build up further down the road and the use of the hard shoulder in suitable and controlled circumstances. It is around all these subjects that Frost & Sullivan's Intelligent Mobility event, taking place in London on June 28-29, will revolve. Isabel Dedring, Deputy Mayor, Transport at Greater London Authority will be a keynote speaker at the event on June 28, hosted at The House of Lords. Dedring will explore how policies have to change in order for cities to be able to adapt to these changes in an ideal way.

The following day’s discussions will centre on visions of the future as regards transport. Frost & Sullivan predicts a highlight will be the contribution of Julia Steyn, Vice President, Urban Mobility Programs at General Motors, who will speak on GM’s concept of new urban mobility business models to target new customers. Six panels, each dedicated to one industry challenge, will offer a broad spectrum of insights with speakers from a diverse range of backgrounds covering their own areas of expertise.

For more information and to attend ‘Intelligent Mobility’ at the House of Lords and the Jumeirah Carlton Hotel in London email jana schoeneborn.

Photo: AIDA 2, the Affective Intelligent Driving Agent, an Audi/MIT Senseable City Lab project.