Imagine the future of mobility with AI

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The world of mobility has always been at the vanguard of scientific discovery. As soon as the power of steam was harnessed, it was put to work in the coal-fired locomotives that amplified humanity’s ability to move people and goods. No longer dependent on the muscle power of man or beast, our cities, companies and the landscape that encompassed them were forever transformed.

Today, as we grapple with the challenge of decarbonizing the global economy, cutting-edge technological tools are at the forefront of our efforts. Artificial intelligence, connectivity, autonomous vehicles and the smart city are all being touted as revolutionary solutions that will enable the transition to sustainability for mobility, industry and urban society.

The Movin’On Summit brings together leaders from industry, government and civil society on conference stages and in working sessions to shed light on how today’s mobility dreams can become tomorrow’s reality. From AI analysis of traffic flows; cybersecurity to self-driving cars as well as personal privacy in a fully-connected world, the theme of Innovative Technologies was well-represented at the 2019 edition.

 

A safer road with AI

The working session presented by the International Road Federation (IRF) and Brisk Synergies addressed the issue of road safety for all with a multi-stakeholder approach. Drivers, pedestrians, micromobility (cycling, e-scooters, etc.), mass transit and ride-sharing operators all generate data that informs how regulators make road-safety decisions. By analyzing video of traffic patterns with AI, near-misses can be detected and appropriate changes can be made even before any accidents or injuries occur.

 

Challenging perceptions

Some of the biggest mobility and tech companies in the world are devoting considerable resources to the challenge of developing true level-5 vehicle autonomy. At the same time, daily headlines about self-driving cars proclaim both the best and worst possible outcomes in equal measure. Aerospace and transportation giant Thales has decades of expertise in ensuring flawless security in high-reliability scenarios. Their working session invited participants to imagine how the tried-and-tested best practices from the IT, aerospace and defense fields could mitigate public anxiety around autonomous driving, cybersecurity, safety and privacy.

 

Smarter decision-making

Montreal-based Element AI is one of the world’s leading voices in artificial intelligence. In their working session, participants learned how AI can improve the performance of operational algorithms and decision-making in scenarios where time is of the essence. Massive processing power, big data and deep learning not only help humans make better decisions, but quicker ones as well. Disruptive events in logistics and supply chains are inevitable, but by exploring the appropriate scope, methods and specificity of AI tools, companies can deploy artificial intelligence mobility solutions that keep human actors “in the loop.”