Global smartphone use is set to pass the five billion mark by 2019. For the first time in history, we’ll be entering an era where the majority of people will have a GPS on them at all times. We’ll no longer have to worry about following maps — interconnected navigation systems will make it possible for our cars or our feet to know where we’re going based on very little information.
And that’s just the beginning of it, says transport expert Geert Vanbeveren. He heads up the sales and business development team for the Intermodal Solutions at Siemens Mobility Management and believes it will be software rather than hardware that will revolutionize the staid transport industry, a notoriously hard sector to innovate.
He thinks we’re already on the cusp of a revolution — all thanks to millennials. “Younger generations are not addicted to the idea of possessing a car and they all use smartphones,” he says. “They also have a more open attitude to sharing, we’ve really seen that through their use of Airbnb and car sharing companies.”
Here are six innovations Geert and his team are hoping to implement in the very near future:
- Transport on demand
- A true end-to-end journey
- Personalised service
- Netflix for buses
- Hands-free ticketing
- Anything that can be connected, will be
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