With mounting traffic congestion increasingly resulting in lost time and economic value as well as environmental issues, especially in mega cities in developing regions, the focus of both public and private companies in the automotive and transportation industries is shifting to multimodal / intermodal transportation solutions. Traveler information systems providing real-time public transport timetable information, multimodal journey planners, and smartphone-based pedestrian guidance applications are geared at facilitating knowledge of and seamless access to a wide range of mobility solutions. This is prompting even car OEMs such as BMW and Ford to offer solutions beyond the narrow context of the vehicle itself, realizing their products will become part of an integrated intermodal system, offering a balanced range of mobility modes.
This report covers both multimodal connected car solutions and smart mobility approaches across the entire automotive and transportation industries. It also covers the use of smart watches as a key component of multimodal solutions, crowdsourced parking space availability, and the role of telematics-enabled real-time transit-schedule information. Shipment forecasts for integrated and smartphone-based multimodal OEM in-car navigation systems are included.