Intelligent Transport Systems: Building The Future Of Mobility
Dattatreya Gaur, President, Robert Bosch Engineering & Business Solutions, 0
Transportation has been a boon for the human civilization for centuries. Its various forms have also been a clear indicator of humanity’s progress over the years as transportation has evolved from the wheel to the myriad advanced modes that we see today. However, it doesn’t end here. The transportation sector is also judged by innovation, feasibility, speed, access and other such variables that determine the effects that it has on our lives as humanities’ subsistence and progress rest on its shoulders.
Like several inventions before and after it, transportation has its pros and it also brings with itself a certain set of cons. Traffic congestion and road accidents are some issues that have cost many lives and time wastages for decades, and their numbers do not seem to be dwindling anytime soon. According to a report published by the Indian Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the number of road accidents has only dropped by three percent and fatalities have only dropped by 4.75 percent between January and July 2017. India has an estimated 5.4 million kilometers of roads, so the possibility of traffic congestion in the country often leads to massive economic losses by making road commutes even harder to work around. This is one of the primal reasons behind the inception of intelligent transport systems worldwide. Given that there are often multiple reasons that are the culprits behind traffic congestion worldwide, aiming to resolve such issues through intelligent transport systems can potentially increase the efficacy, infrastructure, reduce travel time, curb air pollution and control fuel consumption.
But what exactly does an intelligent transport system entail?
An Intelligent Transportation System (ITS)is an application which involves the integration of information technology and transportation systems to provide efficient and safer mobility services. Given the amount of traffic congestion that regularly strangles Indian cities, ride-hailing apps often seem like better alternatives to make it easier for the public to move around and reduce the traffic burden on the roads. Besides, it is also a cost-effective solution for the government to invest in as it can have a tremendous long-term impact on the automotive industry. This is just one aspect of intelligent transport systems that are making lives better. The initiation of the Smart Cities project by the Government of India will also ensure that transportation in the country is better equipped to meet the needs and demands of motorists from various cities through the use of connected technology.
Since connected services and technologies have already begun and are going to continue to define our lives in the future, ITS will play a vital role to define how we will run our daily lives
As far as the workforce involved in the system is concerned, ITS makes it easier for them to collect and analyze data that ensures efficient delivery and performance. The data also gives them a sense of reassurance that the mechanisms are well suited and can be adapted to any major unforeseen changes that may occur in the future. Since ITS amplifies the operators’ abilities to dynamically gauge and respond to traffic incidents and other occurrences in real-time, it carries several benefits.
Globally, ITS represents a significant transition from traditional transport by adopting technology that enables connected mobility. Keeping such benefits in mind, Bosch has developed an Intelligent Transport Management System (iTrams) – an app that is designed specifically for fleet operators and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to manage their vehicles efficiently. This unified app works across various vehicle platforms such as commercial vehicles, passenger cars, two-wheelers and more. It also provides integrated data analytics to enable higher efficiency and offer deeper insights into vehicle performance, diagnostics, and driving behavior. For example, autonomous cars can aid motorists by directing them towards better alternative routes, which can, in turn, reduce traffic congestion in the area, save time and cut costs. By doing so, another benefit is that parking spaces can be reclaimed. Technically speaking, the comparatively compact and environmentally friendly power trains in autonomous cars also provide an added benefit to their myriad advantages.
Since connected services and technologies have already begun and are going to continue to define our lives in the future, ITS will play a vital role to define how we will run our daily lives. Needless to say, this scenario will be far more advanced and efficient than the one in which we do things today.