Transportation, logistics, and mobility

What are the innovation trends affecting the transportation, logistics, and mobility sector? By offering an overview of the challenges and opportunities affecting this industry, Supertrends can help you anticipate and monitor them to keep your business always one step ahead.

Transportation, logistics and mobility

What is changing?

The transportation, logistics, and mobility sector has always been an important indicator of the prosperity of civil societies, from the past to the present. What is changing in the contemporary world compared to the past is the need to rethink an entire transportation and mobility system in the light of an old model that has reached its limits in the light of millions of deaths per year due to road accidents and potentially disastrous emissions of greenhouse gases, not to mention the increasing congestion that causes loss of time and money. The sector is at the early stage of a profound transformation that addresses three areas in particular:

The shift to smart infrastructure

The development of physical infrastructure dominated the 20th century in order to boost economic development – roads, ports, railways, etc. Now, the focus has shifted to the need for digital infrastructure, which is recognized as being essential for the movement of people and goods in contemporary society while addressing the issues of safety, emissions reduction, and time- and cost-efficiency. Electrification and the development of digitalized infrastructure are also prerequisites for advances in the development of smart vehicles and their implementation in existing systems. However, the main challenge for the sector is the high cost of developing digital infrastructure. As a result, there is an increasing need to attract more private funding.

Advances in smart vehicles

The development of smart vehicles is still in its initial phase, but there is a gradual shift in consumer preferences toward electric and autonomous driving. Therefore, these technologies continue to advance, even though innovators and manufacturers aiming to lead the digital revolution in this sector continue to be exposed to great risks. In fact, the advent of safe, fully autonomous vehicles still seems a distant goal, while electrification is tied to the parallel development of infrastructure that is still underdeveloped in some areas. In this context, the real challenge for manufacturers is to incorporate different competencies and professional backgrounds, going beyond mere mechanical engineering, in the interests of transforming traditional R&D models, and choosing the best core technologies in order to respond to an increasingly complex technological revolution.

Research for sustainable alternative fuels 

In the wake of the green revolution that is underway across all industries, the transportation, logistics, and mobility sector is also looking to new clean energy resources – in addition to electricity – with the aim of reducing carbon emissions and, ideally, fully phasing out fossil fuels in the long term. Increasing environmental concerns among consumers, the introduction of stringent emission regulations, and the launch of advanced vehicles supporting alternative fuels are expected to encourage advancements in alternative fuels research, as well as expand the hybrid vehicle market. In addition, due to the infancy of smart infrastructure and of electrification expansion, another option is synthetic fuels: they can be more rapidly adopted as they are fully compatible with the existing global fuel infrastructure and can be used in conventional engines, meaning that regular vehicles can be operated with synthetic fuels without being changed or readjusted.

Key technologies and innovations to watch

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Self-sensing roads

These are roads made of smart materials – such as graphene infused in concrete coatings – that can measure and monitor their own performance and structural conditions by collecting and transferring data to their digital twin.

Necessary repair work can be identified in real time and without human monitoring. Maintenance costs of road infrastructure are thus dramatically reduced.

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Wireless charging technology

Wireless charging can be incorporated into certain sectors of the road so that electric vehicles can replenish their batteries without the need to connect to a physical charger, contributing to better traffic conditions while increasing the autonomy of EVs and reducing congestion at the charging points.

The added convenience of this technology could spur progress in the field as well as encourage faster adoption of electric vehicles.

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Synthetic fuels

They include all artificially produced fuels that have the same properties of fossil fuels. The key difference is that synthetic fuels are produced faster by mimicking natural processes using renewable resources – and do not require millions of years to form naturally.

Although synthetic fuels are still in their infancy, they are promising alternatives in reducing emissions, meeting the requirements of environmentally-conscious customers and legislators alike.

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