How innovative technologies can accelerate implementation

Automation and connectivity for a better experience


In May, during Movin’On, the World Summit on Sustainable Mobility,  we will bring global, smart, sustainable and multimodal mobility to life. Following a memorable 2017 edition, leaders from academia, politics, business, cities, and start-ups will meet again and collaborate to attain this ambitious goal.

Through six subject areas, we will find concrete and actionable solutions to fulfill our mission: to move from ambition to action.

Here are a few ideas to get the conversation started about our third subject of interest: How innovative technologies accelerate implementation

In just a few short years, will we still need a driver’s or a pilot’s licence? Will these professions still exist?

This is THE big question. The relentless progress of technology is transforming the global transportation industry at the speed of light, and there are already major changes in attitude within the population.

It’s no secret that Millennials are abandoning car ownership… to the great despair of the automobile industry. But if tomorrow, Montréal is suddenly 39 minutes away from Toronto and Paris is 30 minutes away from Amsterdam thanks to Hyperloop technology (first launches are expected in 2021) – who will still take the train or the plane? It becomes obvious why big players, such as SNCF, the French national railway, are investing today in this futuristic technology.

The great technological breakthroughs that we’ve been dreaming of for decades are now on our doorstep. They make it possible to develop the connectivity solutions and infrastructures needed for the arrival of autonomous vehicles. Among these, Artificial Intelligence is King… and thanks to these advances, mobility can abandon its industrial base and take the road of service

A recent study conducted by Swiss bank UBS revealed that the first fully-autonomous aircraft could enter service as early as 2025. Already, 17% of the people surveyed stated that they would likely ‘’welcome the opportunity’’ to board a pilotless flight, with a majority of them being – you guessed it – Millennials.

Innovative technologies: an introduction

In the Movin’On 2017 Minutes, you’ll find a plethora of interesting articles to get you started on the subject:

The 6 levels of automated driving systems

To dig deeper

Discover some of the initiatives that are currently underway:

  • The top 10 advanced car technologies that will go from science fiction to commonplace in by 2020 – Forbes

On the road to fully self-driving with Waymo.


Discover our five other subject areas: