Malaysian Smart Mobility Trends And Challenges

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In the mobility era, transportation infrastructures must move people and goods faster, seamlessly and in a convenient way, both in urban and interurban environments. We may still be a long way from a future where trucks and ships will be controlled by artificial intelligence (AI) alone. But even so, preparing for a future that is more reliant upon autonomous vehicles, it should remain a priority for corporations that employ vast fleets across multiple geographic regions. 


What is Smart Mobility?

Smart mobility is a new and revolutionary way of thinking about how we get around, one that is cleaner, safer, and more efficient. People are fed up with congested cities, they demand innovation in smart mobility with new mobile technologies and intuitive apps that are able to integrate public transportation, better infrastructure, and improve car sharing.


Smart Mobility Innovations

Smart mobility is a powerful tool to achieve a more sustainable automotive future, benefiting the individual, the society and the industry. Technology is a great enabler but it never stays still, here are the various technology, connectivity and mobility services that could bring impact on smart mobility. 


  1. Traditional vehicle manufacturers

In 2011, Ford Motor Company Chairman Bill Ford gave a ground-breaking TED Talk. Where once he had been concerned about not selling enough cars and trucks, he said, now he was concerned about what might happen if all he did was sell more cars and trucks, we could be facing global gridlock. Therefore, traditional vehicle manufacturers are actively pushing to transform itself into a smart mobility solutions provider, Change is happening quickly, carmakers like BMW and Daimler have merged their existing car-sharing, electric vehicle charging, parking and ride-hailing businesses into a new joint venture. The idea is to create a one-stop mobility shop where consumers can park their electric car, charge it and then order a ride home in a car share after a night out.

  1. Mapping providers

Many major cities around the world are seeing rapid population growth, resulting in increased strain on existing road and public transportation network infrastructure as the numbers on the daily commute swell. Companies like TomTomWaze and Google Maps are pushing the initiative to improve the livability of cities. Mapping providers bringing community vision to life in a thoughtful and creative way. By offering the opportunity to map your own route, it provides the ability to challenge the status quo based on location intelligence, to respond faster with more confidence, and innovate with understanding. With that, government bodies could improve infrastructure sufficiently to support the technology that makes smart city innovations possible.

  1. Carsharing / Carpooling

Carpooling is a system that allows carsharing and that spreads the costs among occupants. The rise of carpooling platforms such as UberLyft and Grab suggests occasional, low-cost access to shared cars is becoming more desirable than having your own vehicle. Passengers are able to reduce their expenses, shorten travel times, and enjoy the increased convenience compared to public transportation. Carsharing is a system that allows using or renting vehicles for a short period of time (from one hour to one week). Carsharing platforms like GoCar is an on-demand car sharing platform that allows you to rent a car by the hour or day via the mobile app. GoCar offers various car models in its fleet to cater to different types of road trips.

  1. Telematics IoT 

Data and connected technology are key in empowering communities to build the best living environment while establishing an open and engaging communication between governments and the public. Various IoT products are introduced into the market to utilise data analytics to help address real needs of city users, anything from renewable energy and green buildings to traffic management. An efficient fleet management allows you to optimise vehicle performance, reduce costs and improve productivity, ensuring the safety of employees, vehicles and assets. Fleet management system combines the use of GPS tracking, vehicle diagnostic, fuel management to provide business owners with a holistic view of their vehicle. The combinations of data such as location, braking, duration, road type, distance traveled, collisions, direction and others can optimally predict risk as well as provide the best emergency services when accidents do occur. On top of that, Omnimatics is offering revolutionary car control features and ADAS system to innovate and to keep ahead of trends from both business and technology perspective.


Challenges for the future

A Smart City is one which utilizes intelligent and networked technologies to support us in daily life. Smart Mobility and Smart City It is estimated that over the next three years, at least one in five vehicles will have some form of wireless network connectivity. The data demands of a driverless car goes hand in hand, both facing challenges of urbanisation, Air quality, energy efficiency, urban mobility, and safety and exceeded what our telco can provide. Typically, an average consumer will burn through several GB of data every month on their smartphone. It’s estimated that a fully autonomous vehicle would require up to 4TB (4,000 GB) of data every single day.

Other challenges are renewable energy infrastructure is lacking, It is estimated that an electric truck needed to power whopping 4,000 homes in order to fully recharge itself. Technology and infrastructure are key, but they only go so far without coordinated planning and vision. Our current infrastructure is inadequate to support the needs of an autonomous future. Widespread adoption of a connected vehicle infrastructure will require networks capable of the lightning-fast speeds to sustain it. For this to become a reality, building and maintaining a robust 5G infrastructure to handle these demands must be a priority. The fully autonomous future is still a number of years away. However, businesses of all sizes have the opportunity to plan ahead by investing in the connected vehicle ecosystem.

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