Everyone talks about it but, really, no one knows what connected mobility will be like, how and when smart roads will work in a country where it is difficult even to simply cover a hole with a little asphalt. Of course, it is a prerogative of the future to be difficult to predict, but to shed some light on the sector Octo Telematics and The European House – Ambrosetti have come together and in the “Connected Mobility 2025” report they tell their vision. An immense work, which lasted 10 months and which involved six round tables of over 30 of the main stakeholders of 9 industries – from local administrations, to the automotive sector, from infrastructures to ICT, from finance and insurance to mobility services, from utilities to local and extra-urban public transport – committed to identifying the aspects necessary for the redesign of mobility and urban management models.
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Result? From the maxi work – in a nutshell – one thing immediately understands: technological innovation and the development of sustainable models for society necessarily pass through data, whose re-elaboration and inclusion within complex ecosystems is able to create value for all parties involved. And mobility is the sector most affected by the potential of data that will help revolutionize the way people move and use cars.
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“Globally – explain the researchers – the numbers generated by the telematics sector are significant: by 2025, the value of telematic services related to mobility could reach 9.8 billion dollars (+ 216% compared to 2019 values ), while the set of vehicle-related services could reach trillion dollars (+ 150% compared to the 2019 value). The numbers confirm that the data will be at the center of the value generated by mobility: if today a vehicle generates about 25 GB of data for every hour of use, this value is destined to grow to 3,600 GB over the next 5 years ”.
And in Italy? Here, the issue is even more urgent if we consider that our country ranks among those most dependent on cars: in first place in Europe for motorization rate, with about 646 vehicles per 1,000 inhabitants, excluding Luxembourg and with a value much higher than the other main European countries (Germany 567, Spain 513, France 478, United Kingdom 473). The car alone is worth 80% of the total passenger traffic. The data, and its potential in terms of developing new business, can be the key with which to modify the model traditionally used in the mobility sector to create a new one based on intermodality, urban micro-mobility and forms of use of means of transport. increasingly innovative transport.
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And technology, once again, comes to the rescue of the analysis: “The evolution of cars into connected vehicles – reads the study” Connected Mobility 2025 “- transforms the latter into” mobility sensors “of an IoT architecture of city; adaptive sensors that provide useful data in real time for the management of contingent events and that, in a historical perspective, help to define, for example, a potential map of the places most at risk of accidents, but also traffic monitoring, risk estimation on roads, pollution, traffic attractors, systematic and occasional mobility, and much more. Connected vehicles in fact enable an urban ecosystem capable of generating a virtuous circle of information and new knowledge for both “descriptive” and “predictive” representation of the city, which means that they are able to provide the various stakeholders with elements of decision support.
Now it remains to be understood how the famous Smart Cities will succeed. And here the report goes beyond the analysis because – in fact – it presents 14 pilot projects – selected from the 35 identified by the working groups because they can be implemented in the short term – that Octo and The European House – Ambrosetti intend to propose in the coming months to concretely launch the “Italian way to connected mobility” and demonstrate its benefits and potential in terms of developing an ecosystem model.
“Eight classes of actors to be involved in the development of pilot projects have been identified – they commented to Octo: city administrations, urban and suburban public transport operators, vehicle sharing operators, short-term and long-term renting, insurance, utility and energy service providers, maintainance service providers and car-dealers. With respect to these stakeholders, six project macro-themes have been identified, focused on the binding needs of the latter as emerged during the working groups; issues ranging from urban planning to safety, from monitoring the efficiency of fleets to pricing models, from monitoring emissions to Mobility as a Service models “.
Now all that remains is to follow and see what happens to these 14 pilot projects. Octo and The European House – Ambrosetti promise to give a quick response. The first already in late March early April 2022. We are already waiting.