The 4 driving forces for smart mobility in 2025
Technology is the main influence sphere for CIOs, but the driving forces influencing the future of mobility will also depend to a large degree on a complex interaction of:
- Societal/customer acceptance
- Economic structures
- Organizational structures
“These forces will likely differ among different countries and cities, but these areas will be the primary forces driving the industry toward one of the four noted scenarios,” says Isert.
For example, strong societal resistance to self-driving cars could delay or prevent the passage of vital legislation that makes them able to take to the road. However, once legislation has been approved, it is reasonable to assume more people will experience the benefits of autonomous mobility services — and their opinions will change, thus allowing autonomous vehicles to become increasingly commonplace.
CIO action plan for the smart mobility future
CIOs must generate technology visions for their organizations, to include influencing customers, and drive innovation as part of the wider industry trend toward accelerating digitalization. They can do this by driving and aligning their IT strategy with one of the four scenarios. This also means redefining that strategy further by regularly monitoring and understanding the most relevant scenario drivers — changes in regulations, customer experience, economic structures, and so forth.
Smart mobility can ultimately take many different paths toward adoption, or the lack thereof. Regardless, CIOs need to be prepared for the transformation the field might endure as a litmus test for the acceleration of digitalization.
Of course, scenarios can’t predict the future. They provide a framework to assess the potential impact different technologies will have on organizations. By tracking the various drivers and their effect on the market, CIOs can help guide their organizations as they test strategic assumptions against different conditions.