We asked Boyd Cohen, CEO/Co-Founder of Iomob – The Internet of Mobility, to share his predictions for mobility in 2022.

Low carbon transportation systems goes mainstream!   

There is growing momentum to accelerate the path to the low carbon economy and the eyes of the world on transportation which has consistently been one of the worst culprits.  Shifting from short haul flights to rail is picking up steam, growing emphasis on low carbon active and micromobility and the emphasis on electrification of transport will continue to accelerate in 2022.  We will see growing efforts to nudge people into more sustainable modes through road user charging and incentive schemes. 

Regional, National and even Cross-Border MaaS/MOD Deployments 

While there have been admirable attempts by a range of industry stakeholders, we haven’t seen mass adoption of multimodal solutions yet. I believe 2022 is the year we will see regions and nations embrace and begin to fund large scale multimodal MaaS/MOD deployments which will begin to flourish in 2023 and beyond.  Italy, Ireland and Austria are just a few countries who have recently committed to regional and national platforms for multimodal mobility.  Similarly, interurban rail operators are embracing door to door mobility such as Iomob’s clients London North Eastern Railway (LNER) in the UK and Brightline Trains in the US. 

The Internet of Mobility will start to emerge as an aspiration shared by many   

The past decade, we have witnessed an astonishing transformation of the mobility ecosystem, driven in large part by digitization.  It started with maps (remember those?), proceeded to location-based services like ridehailing as smartphones became ubiquitious, and then continued with digital payments, CASE (connected, autonomous, shared electric) vehicles and the explosion of shared mobility services.

A connecting layer for all of these services could be referred to as the Internet of Mobility (IoM).  Like in smart cities where IoT allows different devices to be connected to support improved quality of life, the IoM will enable any vehicle: public, shared and even your own private vehicle, to be discovered, routed, booked and paid for by any user of any interface connected to the IoM.  As MaaS/MOD expands beyond urban boundaries and walled gardens, there is growing interest in interoperable IoM allowing users of any multimodal MaaS app to move between and inside cities accessing the whole range of vehicles in the city.

You can explore more predictions from 24 global thought leaders and visionaries who are shaping the future of mobility, liveable cities and sustainable Transport, in our Global Thought Leaders Predictions for Mobility 2022 report.