In simple terms, smart mobility means using emerging technologies to improve the mobility of people and goods. It’s the use of new technologies to move things from point A to point B in the safest, most convenient and most cost-effective way. Smart mobility encompasses everything from car-sharing programs, on-demand ride services and better access to public transportation to drones, autonomous and connected vehicles, and a transportation infrastructure that’s connected, automated and intelligent.
At our kickoff, the presenters shared several resources you could use in your classroom.
Participants are tasked to complete their character’s schedule throughout the day but at each turn, different transportation challenges impede their ability to complete their schedule. These challenges force the participant to think about how every person struggles with unique transportation issues and how sometimes there are very limited options to complete your daily tasks. You can tailor this activity to fit your communities demographics.
Using simple GPS and WiFi technology, Ford is working to make driving even safer. In this video, I go through a series of scenarios led by Ford experts showcasing how cars will communicate with each other to make for an even safer driving experience.
How do we make improvements to the way people and goods move around your community? This could be an opportunity to invent a new mode of transportation, improve on an existing system, or combine transportation modes to increase efficiency.
There are diverse groups of individuals that struggle to fit into the modern transportation system. Investing in multiple forms of transportation can reduce congestion and lead to a higher social good.
AFRL and the Ohio Department of Transportation are now operating new technology known as SkyVision at the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport. The technology allows for safe, accurate and effective operation of unmanned aircraft systems by detecting and avoiding other aircraft while in flight using radar feeds from airports in Dayton and Columbus and from the long-range radar at London, Ohio.
Individuals with disabilities are very concerned about how they fit into the future of transportation. Find out how transportation has been developed around individuals with disabilities and what changes can be made moving forward.
Connect to an individual from a low-income community who struggles to make it to the doctor’s office. People with limited access to transportation struggle with health issues as they are more likely to miss appointments.
People in low-income communities do not have equitable access to grocery stores that serve fresh fruits and vegetables. Read about some strategies to even this food discrepancy and how transportation can help.
Dedicating herself to the auto-industry, Carla Bailo has been around cars for a long time. Throughout her career, Carla has strived to provide the safest and most efficient vehicular experience for the public. She has recently launched the Smart Mobility Initiative, working to analyze the usefulness of autonomous vehicals. She and her colleagues are using Columbus, Ohio as a test bed for smart mobility.
How do we train people to use emerging technologies related to transportation?
U.S. Departments of Transportation, Education, and Labor has released a joint transportation jobs report indicating that transportation industry growth will add 417,000 skilled and semi-skilled job openings from 2012 to 2022. Find which one of the top 20 new jobs suit you.
There is a new sector of vehicle manufacturing that requires a new workforce. Autonomous vehicle development, deployment, and maintenance are new careers that require a collection of specifically skilled laborers.
Shared mobility is changing the scene of transportation across the country. Find out careers being developed in the bike-sharing industry and the skills needed to fill these new roles.