Transportation technology is constantly in flux. It’s always improving even when it meets a potential roadblock. “Two steps forward, one step back.” That’s the mantra of transportation technology. As with all changes, there are many factors that need to be considered before final decisions are made. As a major proponent of the change that is washing over the transportation industry, TruckHub is going to take a look at some of the major transportation trends making headway in 2019. The first of the trends that we’re going to be travel behavior changes.
Travel Behaviour Changes
It was cemented in 2018 that the rapid changes in travel behavior need to be reexamined. Everyone has an opinion on transportation as a service. That’s the main focal point on the various studies made on MaaS. MaaS means Mobility as a Service. That’s an umbrella where organizations such as Uber and Lyft lie. It’s also strongly affected by routine behavior and habits.
For example, someone that isn’t accustomed to using Uber and has only heard about how their autonomous vehicle field test became a crime scene is going to have negative sentiment. Someone that uses it frequently and has never had it fail on them is going to have positive sentiment. That, along with the other technologically added complexities in MaaS platforms, makes it a growing trend that requires greater examination.
The Complete Trip
What is a “complete trip”? The complete trip is defined as having a number of components or trip stages that begin with trip planning and end with the traveler’s arrival at their destination. This follows any number of processes.
It ranges from going on a walk a few blocks towards the local park to a nationwide road trip. However, no matter how short the travel time the complete trip always has five stages. These stages are as follows: Planning the trip, being at the trip’s beginning, at the transportation origin location, the travel itself, and lastly, arriving at the destination. The trend here is how much technology can be implemented at each of these stages.
This one is relatively straight forward. How can technology improve accessibility for transportation? For example, people that can’t drive will be striving for more access to convenient travel. To illustrate this point, think about artificial intelligence. When you think about artificial intelligence and transportation what pops up in your head? I’m sure one of the first, if not first, few thoughts is autonomous vehicles. Think about services such as Lyft making use of them.
Even then think about online grocery shopping and how autonomy works for that. There’s a lot of room for growth in 2019 in terms of transportation accessibility.
Lastly, we’re going to go over the growth of data sharing. This doesn’t necessarily come from everyday people going on their way. No, this is more to do with organizations such as Lyft and Uber sharing the information they record. Some predictions about where 2019 is going in terms of data sharing lie with government policies.
Take a look at San Francisco’s stance: “Service Providers must share data for the city and public to determine the services’ benefits and impacts on transport and whether or not the services’ meet the city and county’s transport goals.” It is, however, worth noting that these levels of data sharing are met with controversy on both government and citizen levels. Certainly, 2019 will shine some more light on this topic.