Tech Talk with Fabian Ambrosi, Head of Service Management

The mobility revolution: How software is shaping the routes of tomorrow

In the age of digitalization, software is becoming the driving force behind the mobility of the future. It is making intelligent transportation systems possible, paving the way for autonomous driving and making a decisive contribution to more efficient and safer transportation — all in line with the goals of a more sustainable world. In this article, we delve into the world of mobility solutions. We highlight the crucial role of software development in the automotive industry and show how the use of technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and blockchain can create entirely new mobility concepts. A future is shown in which mobility goes far beyond simply getting from A to B — a future that is already beginning.

A look at these advances impressively demonstrates how software is not only redefining the mobility landscape, but also providing creative answers to the pressing challenges of our time. An exciting look at the mobility of tomorrow that illustrates how software will fundamentally change our freedom of movement.

The cornerstones of efficient and sustainable movement

Future-oriented mobility solutions

In this rapidly changing world, with requirements for sustainability, efficiency and safety, mobility solutions are increasingly coming into focus. These solutions encompass a wide range of concepts and measures aimed at optimizing the mobility of people and the transport of goods. They touch on various aspects of mobility, including the choice of means of transport, the design and availability of infrastructure and the legal and organizational framework that governs the interaction of all these elements.

The development and implementation of effective mobility solutions requires a deep understanding of the dynamics of urban and rural areas, the technological possibilities and the needs of users. It is at the heart of efforts to make our cities more liveable, to make traffic more fluid and environmentally friendly and to increase the safety of all road users.

But how are these solutions designed and what role does software development play in this innovative process?

The trailblazer for sustainable mobility

Software development in the automotive industry

1. The role of software in mobility planning and safety

Software development is a decisive factor in the development of mobility solutions of the future. Software is used to develop and manage key aspects such as traffic planning, traffic control, traffic monitoring, traffic safety and mobility management. In order to meet the new requirements and challenges, new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and blockchain in particular offer the opportunity to develop innovative solutions.

Advance-Driver-Assistance - & In-Vehicle-Infotainment-Systems

2. Improvement of driver assistance and driving experience

Advance Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) support the driver on the road with various assistance systems such as speed and lane departure warning. Various sensors in the vehicle are addressed and their data recorded in order to carry out actions based on this.

In-vehicle infotainment systems and digital cockpits offer vehicle occupants entertainment and information. In addition, conventional analog dashboards can be replaced by state-of-the-art digital instrument panels (digital clusters) and augmented reality (AR) can be used to project safety-related information onto the driver’s windshield (head-up display).

The 6 levels of autonomous driving

3. Promotion of new mobility concepts

Software that connects vehicles and infrastructure enables new mobility concepts such as car sharing, ridesharing and MaaS (Mobility as a Service). Information can be transmitted in real time to make travel more efficient.

Autonomous driving, which allows vehicles to drive safely on the road without human intervention, is divided into 6 levels:

  • Level 0 — No automation: the driver has full control of the vehicle without any support from assistance systems.
  • Level 1 — Driver assistance: Certain systems such as cruise control or steering assistance support the driver, but the driver retains primary control.
  • Level 2 — Semi-automated driving: The vehicle can take over certain driving tasks such as accelerating, braking and steering under certain conditions. However, the driver must be ready to take control at all times.
  • Level 3 — Highly automated driving: The vehicle can take full control in defined environments, with the driver able to intervene when the system prompts.
  • Level 4 — Fully automated driving: The vehicle can operate in specific scenarios without human intervention. However, it may not be autonomous in all environments or conditions.
  • Level 5 — Fully autonomous driving: The vehicle can drive in all situations and conditions without human intervention.

This technology, although still in the development phase, promises to fundamentally change mobility as we know it and opens up new horizons for the design of future mobility solutions.

Conclusion: Shaping the future with software-driven mobility solutions

Developments in the software industry play a central role in the creation of advanced mobility solutions that aim to make the movement of people and the transportation of goods more efficient, safer and more sustainable. The increasing importance of software in this context underlines the need to incorporate innovative approaches and technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and blockchain to meet the growing demands of mobility.

However, the challenge lies not only in the technical implementation, but also in the availability of skilled workers. The rapid development in the field of mobility solutions is leading to a growing need for experts in software development, who are becoming increasingly difficult to find in Germany and worldwide. This situation requires a new way of thinking in terms of collaboration and knowledge sharing, which is supported by increasing connectivity and the use of virtuality. The ability for software experts to collaborate across national borders opens up new ways to successfully address the complex and rapidly changing mobility requirements of the future.

All in all, this makes it clear that the key to future-proof, sustainable and inclusive mobility lies in the integration of advanced software development. The ability to respond quickly to new challenges, develop innovative solutions and foster global collaborations will be crucial to shaping a sustainable mobility landscape and improving the quality of life for future generations. The journey into this new era of mobility has only just begun, and it remains exciting to see how software will continue to reinvent the way we move.