Follow along with some of the megatrends we're watching that we think will define the future of mobility.
1. Smart Cities
In just the past few years, government officials in cities around the world have begun to draw on the reams of data at their disposal in order to address many of the problems of urban life.
From smart roads to waste management, smart cities are changing how citizens interact and react to needs in their everyday life. Through advancing technologies and IoT, urban planners are starting to incorporate big data and real-time stats to improve the lives of their residents.
2. Rethinking the Road
Drivers are responsible for 94% of the critical reasons that lead to crashes. With a current semi-autonomous vehicle crash reduction rate of 40%, Elon Musk is promising Tesla will provide a 90% crash reduction rate in the near future. All major car companies are working on autonomous vehicles with most predicting the ability to have level 3 autonomous transportation on the roads by 2018/19, and some making an even loftier prediction of level 5 autonomy by 2020.
Autonomous smart vehicles are expected to lower the rate of these incidents exponentially, which would greatly impact the frequency of high-paying claims resulting from such crashes. A new topography of the automobile will emerge, opening a new business model for automakers, insurers, and consumers alike.
3. Mobility Meccas
Major cities in Europe, Asia, and the Americas are investing in infrastructure and legislation to create a new urban ecosystem that prioritizes human connection over automobiles. These cities are looking at creating a new mobility mix, developing bike lanes, modern gondolas, and pedestrian causeways in an effort to rethink the urban infrastructure, once dedicated to the automobile.
4. Zen Moments
Researchers at the University of Illinois have discovered a 99% correlation between the number of miles driven and obesity. Cities, their infrastructure and their mobility options, are now at the hub of how we understand the future of wellness.
As smart cities, autonomous vehicles and ride shares give commuters more and bette options for getting to work, opportunities will arise for mindfulness and mental wellness activities to take place during the commute. Getting to work has been a stressor for people for generations, however in the era of autonomous technology we will see greater access to wellness resources allowing us to rethink how we can create a more healthful intersection between mobility and wellness.
5. Beyond Employers
It’s estimated that 43% of people in the United States will be independently/self employed by 2020. In this new work landscape, the meaning of commuting is likely to also shift.
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