As the automotive industry moves forward towards the future of mobility, a series of technical as well as social forces will churn out significant changes wherein robust autonomous vehicles will hold a critical position
Automobile industry today is witnessing a series of technological and social forces that are likely to churn out significant changes in the way people commute. Key mobility trends are gradually becoming visible - connected, electric, shared as well as autonomous which clearly indicate car & driver interactions will become more complex. PC Jayan, Director – Engineering, International Automotive Components (IAC), India Operations, recently shared his viewpoint with Auto Tech Review on future of mobility and autonomous vehicles.
As various mobility trends unfold, four concurrent “future states” could emerge within a new mobility ecosystem, originating from vehicle ownership and who operates the vehicle. With autonomous vehicles, the vehicles are expected to become more of a lounge than just another cockpit. Multiple sensor-based technologies and car-to-car communication systems are also being thought upon and developed which will gradually be integrated into newer driverless cars as the ecosystem moves towards autonomous vehicles. Significant research and development around the world is focussed on the development of autonomous vehicles, which will use sensors and LIDAR technologies to help guide the vehicle and prevent collisions. Simulation of autonomous vehicles will enable making the systems more robust and equipped to handle various challenges that it may encounter during on-road operations.
The development and manufacturing of cars (and trucks, buses, trains, and bikes) will likely continue to provide a critical source of value. But like the mobility ecosystem as a whole, the carmaking business could be more complex than ever. New products will likely emerge, from small utilitarian autonomous “pods” to highly customised, personally-owned self-driving cars. Self-driving technology will likely infuse trains, buses, commercial trucks, and other forms of transit, demanding that developers and manufacturers evolve their capabilities accordingly, said Jayan. As data becomes the new oil, companies—including providers of telecommunications, cybersecurity, and operating systems—can capture value by providing fast, safe, reliable, and ubiquitous connectivity for all the data that the future mobility ecosystem requires.