World Congress in Singapore last week, automotive OEMs, technology suppliers, autonomous
vehicle startups, mobility providers, and infrastructure providers all
displayed their latest innovations supporting the intelligent transportation
ecosystem. Many of these innovations focused enabling autonomous
infrastructure, including robotaxis, autonomous shuttles, autonomous shipping,
and logistics coordination.
focus of these innovations is providing the enablers required for cities and
governments to efficiently deploy next-generation ITS infrastructure while
allowing for the iterative deployment of increasingly autonomous
transportation, both public and private.
the widespread adoption of autonomous vehicles is clearly a long-term
consideration, municipalities are struggling to find the right set of
standards, platforms, and infrastructure to support an extensible ITS strategy.
As those who are tasked with defining internal smart city strategies examine
what to include and who to work with, they are forced to choose high-risk
partners – and risk having to completely overhaul their strategies in just a
few years time as technologies evolve.
innovations are developed, automotive OEMs and their suppliers must consider
how to cooperate seriously on the major infrastructure integration standards in
order to make real progress in the smart city domain feasible for local
particularly true in the United States, where the federal government has taken
a hands-off approach in the regulation and direction of ITS infrastructure.
While state and city-level transportation departments have minimal budgets to
invest in these areas, often being used to subsidize budget shortfalls in other
areas of government, other countries – including Singapore – have become
leaders in the enablement of ITS innovation. While these countries have become hubs of innovation for start-ups and R&D labs, they can really only function as testbeds. To support real progress, economic superpowers must partner with
automotive competitors to define technical standards to support autonomous
vehicles, multi-modal mobility, and the supporting infrastructure.
of potential innovation is around the integration of vehicle data with
governmental agencies. SBD attended HERE’s Analyst Day event at the conference,
where its Open Location Platform was demonstrated to a number of industry
analysts. Both automotive OEMs and governments can leverage solutions, such as
the Open Location Platform, to build the appropriate integrations for sharing
specific vehicle and infrastructure data to enable ITS use cases, including
real-time map updates, construction support, smart intersections, and
integration between public and private mobility.
At SBD, we partner with automotive OEMs and their suppliers to define their connected and autonomous technology goals, strategies and ecosystems. As cooperation between
the automotive industry and the public sector increases, we will continue to monitor, forecast and guide industry players in how they can work with each other to realize their
product roadmaps through scalable, efficient investments, incubating the appropriate partnerships to see real cooperation and progress in
the ITS space.