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JOHN SANEI, TREND STRATEGIST AND SPEAKER, WEIGHS IN ON HOW INTELLIGENT MOBILITY AND DRIVERLESS CARS ARE CHANGING THE WAY WE NAVIGATE LIFE…


MAP OF THE FUTURE


T


he next time you spend 10 minutes looking for a parking spot, before finally finding one into which you need to parallel-park – uphill, right


in front of a trendy café full of spectators – take a moment to enjoy the experience. That’s right, this mundane and hair-thinning task will make a novel story you can tell your children or grandchildren one day.


MY CAR, THE ROBOT Existing advanced driver assistance systems can


already help you effortlessly do things such as parallel-park like a pro and, although the average car won’t be driving you to work by tomorrow, the road’s already paved for fully autonomous vehicles (AVs).


With this will come a changing landscape


of industries and daily routines that have been shaped by our habits of mobility. According to a McKinsey insight, AVs could free up about an hour of our time every day, meaning we could conduct virtual-reality meetings from the back seats of our driverless cars. We also won’t need to fork out for car insurance any more since private, individual insurance will become redundant when AV manufacturers are the ones who need to be covered against faulty technology and rogue


robotics. Even urban environments will be reinvented as parking space is reduced by close to 6 million square metres in the USA alone. Most importantly, it’s estimated that accidents will decrease by up to 90%, saving lives and reducing healthcare expenses.


INTELLIGENT MOBILITY An increasing focus on improved driver


experiences and optimised journeys is changing the way we move around. Nifty navigation app Waze (acquired by Google for US$1 billion in 2013), for example, lets drivers map and plan their journey based on community insights into real-time congestions, roadworks and closures. For carless folk, Mobility as a Service


(MaaS) offers flexible, personalised, on- demand transport – from tapping into public infrastructure schedules to plan a route to using on-demand services such as car2go vehicle- sharing. Driverless cars, Uber Pool and even autonomous flying cars (by Uber and Airbus) will no doubt turn owning a car into a luxury. Access over ownership will become the norm, as the focus will be on getting from point A to point B in the most optimal way. The sharing economy is impacting every facet of our lives, reshaping the physical paths we take daily and mapping our journey into the future.


PHOTOGRAPHER: MELISSA HOGARTH


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