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Trevor English of engineering news platform Interesting Engineering reported that advanced or new technologies are playing a significant role in AVs and electric vehicles. The analysis of big data through AI is used as a facade for the future of the industry. At the CES 2020 in Las Vegas, General Manager of Los Angeles DOT Seleta Reynolds said leveraging traffic data and predictive AI helped LA change the parking meter cost to maximize revenue and optimize those who park there. She mentioned how this technology shaped the timing of traffic lights and other DOT systems in LA.
In her perspective, technology and big data aid governments in managing public roadways, which is good as the way people use roadways are changing, too. Cars are no longer just autonomous units. They are now machines that collect data while patrolling the streets through various levels of autonomy. Therefore, our mobility infrastructure is no longer static, as it is now a data source and a data interpreter. Then, Hardik Bhatt of Amazon talked about a pilot Amazon he worked on together with the city of San Jose. The city’s infrastructure was already commendable to begin with because its traffic lights could read intersections and change if it noticed a car waiting.
San Jose’s traffic system could also pre-emptively change to accommodate emergency vehicles, thereby reducing their trips and wait times. However, the city needed help in determining how much money and people were saved. And it was a data analytics-related problem. With that, San Jose successfully shifted from “look how efficient our system is" to "look at how much money we saved and how many lives we saved through better technology. Conversations like these helped ease concerns with technology adoption and use. Thanks to Amazon, San Jose managed to save lives and increase efficiency by managing big data.
Overall, mobility has evolved from moving to one location to a highly digital space that heavily focuses on saving lives, consuming as little fuel as possible, and maximizing human well-being. The future of mobility is arriving in the form of AVs, delivery robots, and smart stoplights.