And these changes will come even faster than ever as autonomous cars emerge. No one will have to take the wheel, and there will be a lot of other things that we all can enjoy in a car. Here are some predictions we made about our lifestyles that future mobility will likely bring to us.
Megacity With Over 10M Residents
Far more people will gather in a future megacity. United Nations(UN) predicted that 8.5 people will be living on this planet, and 10 billion in 2050. 68% of them will be living in large cities around the world, where science, medicine, and technology mostly develop. And evidently, these ‘large cities’ will become megacities.
A megacity will divide into a few sectors – the city’s hyper-center, city center, and the sub-center. We anticipate that no private-owned vehicle or internal combustion engine will be inside the hyper-center for safety, traffic, and environmental issues. It will become more human-centered and environmentally-friendly as people get deep into the city.
Hyper-center: Pedestrian Only
The hyper-center will not allow a single vehicle, but there will be a much better way: super-speed subways. People will get to the hyper-center from other city centers and sub-centers most efficiently, and their smartphones will provide them with the best routes to their destinations.
Optimized routes show you the most efficient way to get to your destination for whatever mode of travel you can use, so even your daily commuting route may change depending on real-time crowd flow. No need to refresh the result.
There will also be a three-dimensional underground logistics network for supporting the no-vehicle policy. Each cargo box will be sent to the station near the destination, then mini-mobilities or drones will take it to the recipient.
The hyper-center will most likely be pedestrian-only. The disabled, seniors or young children could freely travel in the hyper-center using future personal mobilities. Real-time traffic alert systems will control the flow, making the center traffic jam-free.
Autonomous Public Transportation Will Be Green Enough
Self-driving public transportation will replace traditional city buses. They will be no driver’s seat, and much more spacious because these eco-friendly buses won’t need as many automotive parts as current ones.
Future bus seats will become more diverse, especially for seniors or the disabled, and there would be helpers to help them get seated. For group passengers, there will be a big display for sports games or movies. There also could be a lounge for a social gathering in a future bus. And these multi-functioning public transportations could also work as mobility for logistics, saving even more energy.
Between the City Center and Its Sub-center
Since there will be no private mobility in the city center, shared mobility will more likely to thrive, from electric kickboards, electric bicycles, to electric scooters. All these shared mobilities will help residents even long-distance travels.
Transit stations such as bus hubs usually are located between the sub-center and the city center. These stations will likely analyze each commuter or passenger’s data to provide them with more suitable and personalized means of transportation. People with similar tastes could share the ride.
The people who travel from the sub-center to the city center will be able to use various kinds of facilities for parking, charging, or maintenance. For example, an artificial intelligence-driven system could deliver snacks to you, if given access in advance, while you are sitting in your car, charging it.
Shared and Personal Mobility in a City’s Sub-center
Shared mobilities in a city’s sub-center have lots of different designs and functions. For visitors sightseeing, they will offer a list of local restaurants or shopping centers based on real-time information. And all autonomous vehicles and nearby facilities will react to any emergency, connecting to hospitals when needed.
Future mobilities for long-distance will be like hotels. Because passengers will have to stay inside the vehicle for a long time, these vehicles will house facilities for books, movies, or even a private office for work or business meetings. And cafeterias will serve any passenger in need as well.
Private mobilities will be able to adjust seats or lightings freely to maximize space usage, offering the most suitable seatings for any kind of passengers. Also, the cabin may change its interior depending on each purpose.
For passengers who enjoy dynamic driving, the cabin will rearrange the seat position and display for virtual driving. And for passengers who need an office to work, the desk will pop out with a data storage system in it. The cabin could also be converted into a classroom for children.
Future mobilities can display various camera views with much more details and greater accuracy. These will help the young passengers to learn information on selected areas more easily and intuitively. It’s made possible thanks to motion sensors, Internet of Things(IoT), big data, and artificial intelligence.
Passengers in future mobility will use the Augmented Reality display for shopping. Drones will deliver the purchased products directly to the vehicle after the in-car customers got all the information they need for decision making. And IoT allows the passengers to control the home appliances and gadgets while sitting in the vehicle.
The biggest advantage of future mobility would be personalized features, indeed. If you are a frequent business traveler, for example, you may use memory seats to set the preferred seating position and make the cabin suitable for business meetings.
Megacities and Self-sufficient Cities
Peer-to-peer(P2P) sharing will take a huge part in designing a city’s intelligent transport infrastructure. This will make it easier not only for residents in living quarters but also for visitors to travel freely between cities. And these passengers will even be able to eat, sleep, or watch TV in a vehicle.
Future mobility will change the way we travel a lot. Automakers will soon offer autonomous vehicles with service-oriented strategies to add more comfort and joy into our lives.