The Internet of Things can transform cities to create dynamic connected ecosystems that link people, infrastructure and services to create vibrant economies that improve quality of life and optimise the assets and amenities within a community. A key element in this transformation is the move towards a shared and electric mobility model, which can improve traffic flow, reduce congestion and emissions, and enable joined-up journeys via private and public transport.
In this ecosystem, the mobile phone is the access point to these new services, allowing people to book and pay for use of a vehicle or transport ticket, ensure they have insurance for the period they are travelling in, and participate in new road usage schemes and programmes that are designed to change mobility habits (e.g. low emission zones).
Businesses will also be able to take advantage of this, as IoT enables them to offer shared transport options for their employees to reach a specific destination in an efficient, automated and environmentally friendly way.
Thanks to 5G, too, vehicle connectivity will extend beyond just entertainment or telematics services, being used to redefine how road networks, vehicles and other road users interact. This will deliver a more sustainable, safer and efficient future for our cities, with enhanced traffic signalling and, in the case of autonomous vehicles, ensure appropriate action can be taken automatically.