Innovative technology has changed not only the way we live but also how we travel. Over decades, innovations introduced to transport have simplified life for many people worldwide. The transportation industry is no exception to this rule, and it’s being transformed in several ways.
Global Positioning System (GPS) is a satellite network that provides real-time location information to any device equipped with a receiver. This gives the user’s device an accurate and instant position on the Earth’s surface, enabling digital map and navigation applications such as Google Maps, TomTom, and Garmin to locate their users in real time. Other GPS applications include Global Vehicle Locator, which allows people to locate lost or stolen vehicles without the need for police involvement, and land surveys, in which engineers can measure distances from one point to another with greater precision than ever before
2. RFID Technology
Radiofrequency identification tags are small devices that contain unique identifying information. An RFID reader then reads the RFID tag, interprets the information, and presents it to the user in a readable format. These tags have succeeded in transport systems, as they can be read from a greater distance than traditional barcodes.
This gives them an advantage over other transport ticketing applications and means that they don’t require physical scanning at any point of the transaction, greatly reducing queues and delays. RFID has been used for fare collection as well as operational management.
3. IoT / Smart Transport
The Internet of Things (IoT) is an emerging concept in the technology industry that combines physical objects and digital means of communication to provide a seamless experience between them through sensors, networks, and machine-to-machine technology.
IoT is being implemented in transport systems worldwide, including ‘smart’ city transport systems. IoT is also being used for in-transit applications. For example, trackside electronic signage can display the exact location of a train or bus and information about when it is due to arrive. Such technology makes it easier for passengers to collect timetables and discover their transport options’ arrival and departure times.
Transport is a vital part of society’s infrastructure, and changes to how we travel could have the most significant impacts on our lives. Technological advancements are making transport an increasingly convenient option through improved navigation systems, better tickets, and more efficient timetables.
Transport has evolved significantly over the past few decades. Innovations in technology are pushing for greater efficiency and providing passengers with a more convenient way to travel. While so many things have changed, there is still room for improvement.
For instance, technology can bring the most efficient transport to the masses. With technology becoming affordable and accessible, we can finally achieve a society that has been dreamed of since the early days of science.
Transport systems can improve by synchronizing data between vehicles and stations. This can mean access to real-time information about the traffic on the roads and trains in the area. It could also make journeys faster and more efficient, allowing for wider use of bus lanes and more efficient routes.
With these technologies becoming more accessible to a wider audience, we can move away from current transport models. New ideas will have a higher chance of success if people can access and learn about them