From the outset, one of the most talked about benefits of 5G connectivity has been the realization of a truly connected living experience—obviously aside from the vastly improved data speeds and reduced latency. But, as the focus turns to a seamless connected home and connected city experience, perhaps just as much attention should be given to the connected mobility experience.
Of course, driverless cars and buses are a part of the future of mobility and just some of what 5G’s launch will enable. But the first discussion on mobility to take place during the Shift Automotive conference at IFA 2019 took a much more granular approach to the connected commute. Just as something like a digital voice assistant smooths the connected home experience by providing a single source for controlling all of your smart home devices, Body Cohen, Ph.D., CEO and Cofounder of iomob (Internet of Mobility) envisions a world in which the user needs just one open-sourced platform to get to where they want to go.
Part of the struggle with urban mobility, of course, is the cluttered nature of streets. Urban environments, he said, were built to support people, not private vehicles, which is why traffic networks around the world grind to a halt on a daily basis.