If this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) event in Barcelona is anything to go by, we’ll all soon be connected to something called the Internet of Things (IoT). The network works just like the regular internet, except it contains actual physical things, like street lamps, traffic lights and cars.
A significant percentage of major tech firms at MWC and the following Geneva motor show agreed the motor industry is one of the most important sectors to adapt such systems, and their reason is simple: rapid population growth and urbanisation of the world mean cars can’t continue to operate in the unconnected way they currently do.
Over two thirds of the world will be living in cities by the end of the next decade, and there are already more than a billion cars clogging up our roads. So if the private car is to remain a useful form of transport - and not just a metal box in which to sit in traffic - it’ll have to smarten up by connecting to what carmakers like Seat are calling ‘mobility ecosystems’.
These ecosystems will connect every type of transport a city has, be it trains, trams, buses and cars, to each other and surrounding infrastructure in order to help streamline services and thin out congestion.