Six technology trends shaping the future of mobility


Research firm FutureBridge has released a new report which explores six technology trends likely to shape the future of mobility.

The technology trends include:

Cars will feel human emotions

Emotion recognition is a critical unlock for Passenger Monitoring Systems (PMS) to improve their performance on driver distraction and driver drowsiness and progress from warnings to prevention. Our latest benchmarking of the PMS roadmap of major Tier-1s and start-ups such as Affectiva and EyeSight reveals that 33% of them already capture driver emotions. As technology developers integrate emotion AI with voice assistants, lighting, and personalized audio, cars will become humanised assistants.

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Well-being becoming the key USP for the cockpit of the future

Occupant Well-being is becoming the key attribute of Smart Cabins. FutureBridge’s tracker of leading disruptors in automotive cockpits highlights companies such as Faurecia, whose Active Wellness 2.0 will offer real-time monitoring and comfort to the driver; and Smart Eye, which provides eye-tracking to both European and Chinese OEMs.

By 2022 level up to fully automated driving and the 25th hour

With the impending type approval for Level 3 systems, “eyes of the road” could give drivers time back during automated driving modes – about 50 minutes per day according to Audi, hence a 25th hour. Next-generation radars, lidars, and cameras will shrink the timelines for the commercialization of fully-automated driving in passenger cars. System-on-chip technology for miniaturisation of lidars, metamaterials, single-chip imaging radars, VCSEL and Fiber lasers hold strong potential for mainstream adoption.

Solid-state vs Alternatives for ubiquitous electrified propulsion

These two competing technologies will proliferate in sync with next-generation electric cars. Solid-state batteries inching their way closer to commercialisation on the back of rigorous research and investments, and Supercapacitors rapidly improving their specific power.

Making data the fuel of new mobility business models

Blockchain will catalyse Individual mobility business models that monetize Connected Car data by enabling decentralized authentication for mobility services and powering crypto-currency rewards for data-sharing initiatives and connected electrified infrastructure. We see winning business models leveraging high data quality for value-add services, collaborative business models for data-sharing initiatives and focus on UX.

Individual vertical mobility: Mobility’s 3rd dimension

Converging exponential technologies in materials, manufacturing, and energy enable eVTOL, which powers flying taxis and private drones. Collaborative business models hold the key to unlock safer low-altitude Air Traffic Management and proliferation of sky-ports; while aviation players strategically position themselves to capture a slice of the new market with new partnerships. Finally, patent innovation for fixed-wing aircraft and eVTOL outlines the technology blueprint towards Vertical Mobility.

The 2020s will see humanised virtual assistants catering to passenger “well-being” while technology catalysts such as solid-state batteries, solid-state lidars and data-centric will fuel new mobility business models, says FutureBridge.

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