How digital disruption will transform personal mobility

A new report which sets out to examine the impact of digital technology on the transport, personal mobility, and logistics markets has been released by Atos, a global digital transformation company.

According to Atos, the UK is on the cusp of a digital revolution in mobility which is forcing the creation of new business models, disrupting trends in personal mobility and reshaping global supply chains.

Supporting mass movement

The Digital Vision for Mobility paper sets out how digital technology has transformed the UK’s transport sector. It considers the role of AI, automation and blockchain in determining the mobility solutions of tomorrow for road and rail, broader public transport and logistics.

“Increasingly with population growth and denser metropolitan conurbations, we see the need to support the mass movement of people and goods with efficient, effective and integrated multi-modal public and personal transport systems,” said Kulveer Ranger, SVP for strategy and communications, Atos UK & Ireland, and former transport advisor to the mayor of London.

“Transport operators are beginning to rely heavily on data: harvested both from within their own networks and systems and from the personal mobile devices of individuals. To realise a vision of truly personal mobility, vast amounts of data will need to be aggregated. This will be a huge technological feat for innovative integrators and digital architects.”

“More change is now underway across the transport and logistics industry than at any time since the invention of the combustion engine”

Contributions from ITS-UK, Google, Siemens, KPMG, Worldline, TfL, MyTaxi and TechUK explain how data is being used as a driver for intelligent infrastructure. The companies also explain how developments like Internet of Things (IoT) can be strategically deployed to create more reliable services and more convenient access for transport users, including the rail network.

“More change is now underway across the transport and logistics industry than at any time since the invention of the combustion engine,” added Adrian Gregory, senior executive, vice president and CEO, Atos UK & Ireland.

“Vastly increased computing power and hyper-connectivity are helping to transform the operation and maintenance of vehicles and national infrastructure.”

“Digital technologies are integral to the future of rail, enabling train operators and infrastructure owners to safely increase the capacity, reliability and efficiency of their networks and assets whilst increasing levels of passenger satisfaction,” continued Mark Ferrer, operations director – digital railway, Siemens Rail Automation UK.

The paper is the latest in Atos’ digital vision programme which includes opinions and discussion around topics including energy and utilities, farming, AI, financial services, and cyber-security.