Looking back on the battle between VHS and Betamax in the 1980s and the current state of movie streaming services today, the past 40 years in the film industry is proof that technology will continue to evolve, often in disruptive waves, to meet the needs of the market. As an industry in these disruptive times, the worst thing to do is nothing and wait. As Bill Gates was famously quoted: "We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don't let yourself be lulled into inaction."
The same applies to connectivity, automation, and upgrades to digital infrastructure, particularly for safety-of-life applications. Waiting for the next great technology works against us when we are losing almost 100 people per day to traffic-related fatalities. This is especially true when we can apply existing connectivity and digital technologies to save lives today. Technology evolution in the Cooperative Automated Transportation Systems (CATS) industry is inevitable, particularly for safety-of-life and mobility applications. For Cooperative Automated Systems, Smart City, and the connected mobility ecosystem, the time to act is now.
CATS have applications that offer cities and transportation agencies new levels of capabilities now. When it comes to transportation management, cities, municipalities, governments, and their advisors are scrambling to catch up with all the new technologies, applications, capabilities, and services. Fortunately for the transportation management industry, CATS has an advantage. It can leverage a larger collection of industries that are focused on the same problem set. In addition to the traffic management industry, these include traditional Infrastructure Owners and Operators (IOO), automotive OEMs and partners, telecommunications providers, the technology industry, and the startup community.
This is of particular importance in the planning, design, deployment, operations, and maintenance of the new technologies that affect the larger transportation management industry. In this issue of the CAVita News Digest, some of the recent industry highlights featured address these disruptive technologies and how collaboration is critical in understanding and implementing them into the larger evolving connected mobility and Smart Cities ecosystem.