Paving New Roads Without Cutting Corners


Mobility models are being developed at great speed and global economies understand that in order to guarantee holistic growth, they need to assure a responsible and coordinated development and implementation of new mobility technologies such as the ones related to Connected and Autonomous Mobility. As a result, the objective becomes to agree on a comprehensive set of primary directives as well as to establish a common and collaborative innovation platform – such as ecosystems capable of providing seamless, safe, efficient, and sustainable transportation while data management and data protection are well regulated and controlled.

 

Here are some of the initial discussions on the challenges that Connected and Autonomous Mobility pose to the Transport and Mobility sector.

 

Regulatory framework

It is critical to develop meaningful, performance-based norms, standards, and specifications on a local, federal and international level. The driver is not human anymore and therefore several challenges arise. To guarantee a smooth and fast road transition, applications and services in this sector must be launched harmoniously and globally.

 

Future workforce and social needs

Technological innovation can have a serious impact on employment due to workforce requirements while also influencing society’s expectations and needs. Technological advancement in road transportation requires the development of various knowledge and qualifications to create significant employment increases in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) job families, while office and administrative roles will see a moderate reduction. Understanding the challenges and identifying the opportunities for both the transportation labour force and transportation-related business models is of major importance.

 

Technological innovations

Connected Vehicles (CV), Autonomous Vehicles (AV), non-connected vehicles, and road infrastructures are creating a challenging and increasingly tense mix for our current transportation management systems. Our sector needs to establish a consistent collaboration of smart vehicles and smart infrastructure towards an ecosystem for “Smart vehicle, smart road, and intelligent system”. The technological advancements in today’s road transportation systems have an considerable impact on economies and social climates all over the world. To maintain social and economic stability and interoperable traffic codes in road transportation systems, it is crucial to coordinate efforts globally.

 

 

For more details about this topic, we invite you to check the IRF Connected and Autonomous Mobility Manifesto (https://camc.irfnet.ch/manifesto).