3 approaches impacting the future of mobility

Earlier this month, our team was at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, where a consistent theme was around the future of mobility.  As Gartner’s Pedro Pacheco wrote in a post CES blog: “CES 2020 has been more focused on mobility than ever before. Besides car companies, tech giants and large electronics brands now dedicate a major part of their booth and announcements to mobility solutions.” Our booth was no exception: we featured several companies who are innovating in the mobility sector including electric cars for subscription and portable, ultrafast chargers for EVs.

Our most recent edition of Compass magazine also explored what’s happening in mobility, across three different articles. Highlights of each article follow, and you can click on each title to discover more.

 

SHIFTING THE FOCUS

Automotive manufacturers are facing a future where people are increasingly opting for on-demand mobility rather than owning a car. This is triggering the car companies to look beyond product aesthetics and functionality and focus more on meaningful customer experiences. This article looks at what companies like BMW and Volvo are doing to innovate how they approach customer experiences in the digital era, as well as meet the expectation of consumers that they’ll have a truly personalized experience across all phases of the purchasing process.

The ‘My Car is Born’ feature on the BMW Connected app allows customers to track the progress of their new car as it is being built. (Image © BMW Group)

 

REIMAGINING URBAN MOBILITY

Traffic congestion causes delays and frustration in cities across the world. Innovators and entrepreneurs are joining city officials in developing sustainable and efficient mobility networks for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. Compass looked at some of the smart solutions being used or considered to pave the way for safer, cleaner and more reliable urban mobility that also promises positive user experiences previously only related to car ownership. The article cited the viewpoint of Cognata, an Israeli company that uses artificial intelligence to provide virtual testing environments for autonomous vehicles, regarding the trend of tech giants working with startups and vehicle manufacturers to change the way goods and services are delivered to people. At CES2020 Dassault Systèmes and Cognata demonstrated how combining Cognata Studio and the 3DEXPERIENCE platform would allow autonomous vehicle makers to define, test and experience autonomous driving throughout the development cycle to get more accurate and safer autonomous vehicles on the road.

 

In Helsinki, pedestrians, motorists, train users and bicyclists can plan their journeys in all types of conditions via the Whim application. (Image © Marco Piunti / Getty Images)

 

SMART ROADS

Researchers are exploring how we can transform roads so they can power traffic lights, street lamps, signs and buildings, or even charge vehicles as electric cars drive on them. Compass examined what some companies are already doing, and explores the positive impact this could have on global energy demand. Our BIOVIA Materials Studio can help materials science and chemistry researchers with this challenge by helping them to develop improved photovoltaic materials for use in roads to generate electricity from light.

Israel-based ElectReon is piloting dynamic wireless power transfer technology that can be used to charge EVs as they travel, eliminating the need for each car to carry batteries or plug into charging stations. A 2019 pilot will test the system on public buses. (Image © ElectReon)

 

Alyssa Ross

Alyssa Ross

Alyssa is a Communications Director on the Dassault Systèmes Corporate Publishing team. She’s been part of DS for over 18 years, in roles ranging from public relations to marketing programs. Twitter: @DS_Alyssa