How will technology shape transport infrastructure?
Australia’s transport infrastructure is vital for enabling the population’s movements. As technology developed, it changed the meaning of mobility, and transport is becoming more digitised and user-focussed than ever. With innovations disrupting new infrastructure developments, engineering and design employers must keep an eye on these trends and how they may shape the future of Australia’s mobility.
As the population grows, innovation is needed to keep transport systems sustainable.
Investing in livability
According to a report from IBISWorld entitled ‘A Snapshot of Australia’s Digital Future to 2050,’ Australia is home to some of the most livable cities in the world. Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide make the list, with Melbourne ranked at the top and Sydney at sixth. Part of the cities’ high livability relates to the ease with which residents can get around, thanks at least in part to high quality transport infrastructure.
As the population increases, however, so does the stress on infrastructure, and more resources are required to keep it sustainable in the long-term. A report from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development reveals that currently one in six Australians use public transport, and due to population growth, this number is expected to increase 30 per cent by the year 2030.
With the growing dependence on transport, it’s important for the infrastructure sector to embrace new innovations that will improve the efficiency and capacity of the system.
Digital trends disrupting transport
Deloitte highlights several digital trends that it predicts will impact transportation in the future, including:
- The development of cognitive technology will boost the safety and automation of transport, removing the human error factor from the equation and streamlining processes.
- Transport will become more personal and user-centred, focussing on accommodating the preferences and experiences of individuals.
- Digital payment and ticketing systems will be even more prevalent, making is easy for users to pay as they go based on their location.
- Future mobility challenges will be addressed by the private and public sector in collaboration.
- Transport networks will become more integrated and intelligent, able to monitor it’s own wellbeing and respond to issues in real-time.
As these trends take effect, it will transform the way the infrastructure industry operates. Not only will it increase the focus on digital innovation, but require new skill sets from those working in the industry. Consequently, employers need to look for staff with the skills to make their organisations adaptable to future demands.
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