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AI Assistants for Future Mobility

The way we move around within our cities is about to undergo very big changes. AI assistants will change current mobility habits and conventions worldwide. The prime mover behind these changes is the AI assistant technology and the expansion of information networks. Individual vehicle ownership will be replaced more and more with shared vehicle or shared mobility offerings. AI assistants will provide quick access to timetables and pricing information, show locations of available taxi, shared rides and rental cars, enable individuals to order a vehicle with a simple voice command and people will not care about the way to destination, traffic jam, parking spots and other headaches we live with every day while traveling from point A to point B. This reminds me of a song by Billy Ocean from 1989:

“Get outta my dreams (Get in the back seat baby) Get into my car

Get outta my mind, Get into my life

Oh, I said hey (Hey) you (You), Get into my car” 😊

It gets even better. Today we waste 5-10-15 min to find the best petrol station, fill in some gas, and pay the bill before we continue our ride. But imagine you don’t need to take care of charging your batteries at all. In the future, AI assistants will take care of this all the way long. gigaaa will direct our vehicles to charge batteries while we are in a meeting, at the grocery store, at the gym, event arena or sleeping in our bed at night. Our vehicle battery will always be charged, and we will not invest our precious time for this anymore. Shared vehicles will also be directed by AI assistants, but the difference is, they will be operated by vehicle providers and rules about when and where the vehicle will charge its battery will be set by the operator. But what I like to say is, it all happens without humans in the whole process chain from a selection of charging station and fully charged battery, to return to starting point.

What makes self-driving cars in combination with AI assistants even more attractive are the added safety and optimized routing. For cities, the benefits are improved traffic flows and, hence, reduced pollution and congestion. It will take years till larger numbers of self-driving cars will be a common sight on the road, but it will come faster than we can imagine, and it brings benefits in all ends. Autonomous driving will dramatically reduce the number of accidents and allow drivers to make better use of their time. With automated parking, cars will fit into tighter spaces, thereby freeing up one part of cities’ already scarce parking spaces for other uses. In the future, cars will signal to one another when they detect traffic jams, construction sites will alert not only with a “road work ahead” sign but also with a display on the dashboard, and real-time data will warn drivers about time losses. Vehicles in the future will be mobile information centers.

AI assistants will make it simpler to combine various modes of transport to complete a trip within a “mobility value chain.” If you want to go from point A to point B on a longer distance, you will book the connections for different modes of transport such as plane, drone, public mass transit, bicycle, or taxi. And all of this in one booking, based on your preferences and routines like price, time, comfort or other priority parameters. But before we get there it will take some time and there’s no question about it whether it will come or not. It is only a question when this kind of services will be available. In some countries, it might take 8, in other 10–12 and other countries 14 or 15 years. This will depend on several conditions. The easier it is to access and combine new mobility offerings, the greater the acceptance they will gain among users is. In urban transportation especially, it is important to offer options to make reservations at short notice in order to meet customers’ spontaneous needs for AI mobility solutions. To make a country or a city more attractive as a lead market for urban multimodality, it is necessary to take several initiatives. It starts by creating the legal framework to position itself as a leader for autonomous driving. To build an active and vibrant culture to urban mobility, governments should start by focusing on networks and financing the two key factors to attract new, mobility-oriented research and development. Parallel to that it is important to create the environment for testing new technologies there. The location would ideally be close to research facilities and companies that already have something to do with AI and mobility services to stabilize and expand interconnectedness and the exchange of knowledge. This will create a culture for innovation and test environments. Taxi companies could, for example, be given incentives to use AI operated electric vehicles or, in public transportation, certain lines could be made free of charge or tied to a specific bonus program, such as free trips or reduced-price admissions. But the biggest impact and number one condition for a fast progress is of course, to provide companies and institutions funding and incentives. New ideas need money and the government should send the right signals to motivate city-state governments and the business communities. But some governments don’t understand that. Elton John is singing a song saying:

“What have I got to do to make you love me

What have I got to do to make you care

It’s sad, so sad (so sad), It’s a sad, sad situation

And it’s getting more and more absurd” 😊

But don’t misunderstand me. We are not sad, we just understand the consequences and make decisions not to slow down in the speed of product development. Most politicians just don´t understand the power and impact of AI technology and we should not blame them. The information flow is too big and most politicians in Europe are above 60, shortly before retirement and have problems to catch up with catching up the speed of technological progress. We are currently experiencing China’s assumption of technological leadership in the most important future technologies. The German government is also active in artificial intelligence. We were able to follow it in the last few days. Germany will invest 3 billion euros in artificial intelligence in the new AI funding program until 2025. No one in China cannot keep a smile from this announcement. 3 billion are not the problem. But the German government which apparently believes that it has paved the way for Germany to become a leading AI nation, and that German media copy the headline of the Federal Press Office. By way of contrast, the city of Shanghai alone is investing 15 billion euros in AI during the same period. In total China invests more than 150 billion. China is the country with the most highly educated workforce. And this is just the beginning: top scientists who are currently on a trip to China are the first to see a solicitation presentation and learn how many millions of yuan in welcome money they would receive if they moved to Shenzhen & Co. The Chinese start-ups, which are now worth billions, want to set up European offices. Next year already, the best Chinese technology companies will be pushing their way into the European markets. They are looking for strategic partners here and are forming new conglomerates. There is a high probability that they will change the distribution of markets and the balance of power in Europe. There is a song by Bruce Hornsby, 2Pac Shakur also sings it, saying:

“That’s just the way it is

Things will never be the same

That’s just the way it is, oh yeah” 😊

In my next blog, I will talk about how AI assistants will merge with the gaming industry. Have a good time. See you next week.

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