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article imageElectric vehicles and drones set to disrupt transport

By Tim Sandle     Aug 11, 2018 in Business
Dublin - The wider use of electric vehicles and drones is among the technological innovations set to disrupt the transportation sector and aligned businesses in the near future, according to a new poll of industry leaders and consumers.
The measures, which include the views of consumers and those of business leaders, come from the technology company Fujitsu. The technology firm has focused on the Irish market and has issued a report titled “Technology in a Transforming Ireland.” The report breaks down the opinions of business leaders and consumers of transport services.
In terms of consumer views, the poll finds that 65 percent of the Irish public think that electric cars will have a positive impact on transportation. This is followed drones (at 26 percent) and robotics (at 20 percent).
Looking at business opinion specifically, Irish Technology News summarizes the part of the report whereby business leaders were polled as to their views on the impact of technology in general upon commerce. The poll found how industry leaders see the main benefit to be to operational efficiency (at 51 percent). This is followed by employee productivity (coming in at 40 percent) and the means to achieve cost-cutting (at 26 percent).
Overall both consumers and business leaders think that technology and digital transformation are at the center of the changes currently transforming Ireland (92 percent of respondent hold this opinion).
According to Craig Sutton, the Client Managing Director of Transport at Fujitsu Ireland: “The transport sector is changing faster than ever before – and its positive approach to technology adoption can bring huge advantages for Irish citizens and sector organisations."
He adds: "The future of Transportation in Ireland will require greater personalisation and connectivity.”
Sutton highlights the importance of the Internet of Things in playing a large role in ensuring transport-as-a-service solutions. Such technology also enables transportation firms to gather data about consumers and to use this to aid decision making, in terms of new modes of transportation and with developing integrated services.
Another area of importance is with the use of sensors, which can help to improve route planning and avoid accident prevention. A third area is with drones, which can assist transportation companies with panning.
Drones can help to unlock data that was previously hard to access. Drones can be used as a valuable tool to capture data more accurately, efficiently, and safely. In the Irish context, drones are being used to survey motorways throughout Ireland. This not only provides more accuracy it reduces the number of staff inspections. The aim of current drone use is to reduce the number of road closures needed for routine checks and to enable the faster assessment of any road damage.
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