Transportation Challenges in 2017

By | March 12, 2017

Transportation agencies around the globe have a big challenge in 2017. Incorporating safe, efficient travel using technological advances like the IoT is a primary concern. Unexpected developments during the first few weeks of the year forced concentration back on inclement weather and its effect on every type of travel known to humankind.

A new advisory committee established January 11, 2017 by the U. S. Department of Transportation will address a variety of transportation concerns in the public and business sector. Ice storms, rockslides, and floods can’t be controlled. It’s still important to consider ways to keep goods, people, and equipment moving safely during this kind of emergency. In addition, regular studies will cover improvements and changes in regulations, policy, and research.

Self-driving cars intrigue people from all walks of life. Nearly a century ago (1920s and 1930s) driverless vehicles operated by remote control astounded viewers at demonstrations held across the United States. Delphi Automotive currently tests self-driving cars in California’s Silicon Valley. The big news is the company’s plan to launch six automated taxis in Singapore during 2017.

Optimum transport relies on the support of and contribution to the public, government and transportation industry. Singapore presented an Autonomous Vehicle Initiative in support of overseeing research in 2014. A Center of Excellence for Testing and Research of Autonomous Vehicles has been established as a partnership between Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the forward-thinking Singaporean government, particularly the Land Transport Authority (LTA).

Highly industrialized cities and countries rely on transit systems to drive the economy. Efficient, swift movement of passengers, cargo and food relies on well-maintained seaports, airports, and railways. Transportation projects that address the expectations and demands of operators, passengers, and the industry when moving along roads and highways as well as over and under multitudes of bridges.

What’s the transit trend for 2017? Customers expect wireless technology to provide up-to-date accurate trip data, including departure and destination times and in-transit location. The user-friendly technology will let them plan their travel accordingly, as well as offer options in case of delays. It’s a remarkable opportunity for increased performance and smarter solutions when technology, customers, and transport professionals share and act on ideas, desires and expectations.

Real-time technology is a realistic solution for 2017 transportation challenges. Dispatchers can handle glitches in travel plans with suggestions for alternative methods and routes. A bus, light-rail train or subway might be headed in the same direction from a short walk away. TNCs (transportation network companies) like Uber and Lyft are ready solutions for reaching a nearby destination when the standard transport is delayed or unavailable. Bike-share and car-share are coordinated options just an app away. Get involved to shape and share upgrades and methods of transportation in 2017 and beyond.