Friday, March 6, 2015

Digital: transportation in the era of new technologies –

The human travel patterns have always been closely linked to the degree of technological advance. The desire to go further encourages us to change our conception of transport. In the digital age, the future of mobility looks more ambitious than ever.

An investment in the future

The digital, already ubiquitous in our daily lives, is at the heart of a new revolution: that of transport. After changing our habits in terms of communication, entertainment, sports, health and work, the latest technologies are invited in the world of travel, both personal and collective.

The field of Transportation has the distinction of reaching all citizens without exception. A digital revolution in this sector will undoubtedly a major factor in social and economic progress. It remains to anticipate it.

France, at this level, is well advanced. With a wealth of expertise in so-called transport “smart”, where instead of digital is central, the French market in this area annually generates nearly 4.5 billion euros. Just the private sector, consisting of about a thousand companies dedicated solely to this subject, employs nearly 45,000 people. Not to mention the countless startups vying innovative ideas.

The car in the debate from the center

The subject remains king of the digital transport course the car. On the one hand, because it is the most common mode of transport. On the other hand, because it is a culture in its own right after the worship carried by the Americans in four-wheeled vehicle, the French are getting into them too. We must not forget that the French automotive industry remains historically one of the major economic powerhouses of the country.

This is a result of the call for European projects “SCOOP @ F “that France launches the biggest experiment in terms of interconnected vehicles. They are no fewer than 3,000 cars communicating over 2000 kilometers of roads that are deployed on an experimental basis

The goal:. Vehicles to communicate with each other through these tablets at the table edge and terminals roadside, all via public telephone networks. This will among other cars to send their position and report real-time objects, or roads to inform motorists on various parameters such as the allowed speed, travel time, crashes or slowdowns .

The rail: a major challenge

If the car is still the preferred mode of transportation of French for medium and short distances, the aircraft train and replace it when it comes to travel long distances. On the plane, technological advances, already present for a long time, not as much as before revolutionizing the aviation landscape, at least in the short term. So to modes of transport by rail all eyes are turning: how to develop a habit of moving so traditionally rooted in French culture

First, by facilitating the movement of? users, according to SNCF. Including the deployement of wireless terminals in 128 stations in 2014 and the provision of information to growing on the screens. Then, enhancing security, with trains equipped with sensors to monitor the railways, as well as matrix and laser cameras that can detect any anomaly on the entire network.

omnipresent and unavoidable , including Ile-De-France, where he is the only viable alternative to the car, the subway either is not far behind. This is also the RATP who first pioneered the installation of information screens detailing the hours pass and traffic incidents. Also test at present, “Zenway”, a series of touch screens allowing the user to check routes, schedules, lines and places, hotels and restaurants. Finally, with a total overhaul of its phone application and equipping its agents to tablets and smartphones covered by 4G, Pierre Mongin, director of the RATP, resolutely opts for user comfort.

And then?

The natural result of this digital revolution, which is done for now segmented way for each mode of transport, would converge to a global evolution.

The government launches now in this context a national debate on the “open data” to establish in 2015 a new national multimodal route planner, bringing together all the relevant data of all types displacement. Thus, according to the Department of Transport, users will benefit from the neutrality of a service bringing together everything that could be useful to them, and via a smartphone application.

Job creation, generating strong income, ambition turned to the well-being of users and their security, sustainable development: the impact of the digital revolution in transport is considerable. Important economic challenge to the development of the next smart cities, the role of the “Mobility 2.0″ is not that a future deal, but starts now.


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