Imagine a world where you can hail a self-driving car, where traffic jams are a thing of the past, and where air pollution has been dramatically reduced. This is not just the stuff of science fiction but a glimpse into the future of transportation and mobility.

With advances in technology, we are seeing a shift from traditional modes of transportation to new and innovative solutions. The world of transportation is being reinvented before our very eyes, with the potential for increased efficiency, sustainability, and convenience.

A survey launched by Real Research, an online survey app, attempted to gather society’s perceptions of the future of transportation and mobility.

Significant findings from the report:

  • 36.29% hail electric and hybrid vehicles as the most significant innovation in transportation
  • 37.17% suggest investing in infrastructures to improve the state of transportation
  • Developments in the transportation industry can improve efficiency, say 27.57%

How Is Today’s Transportation Industry?

Traditionally, the transportation industry provided traditional modes of transportation. But over the years, technological advancements and changing consumer preferences have changed the future of transportation and mobility.

Most respondents witnessed this evolution, describing their current transportation industry as accessible (7.8%), safe (7.57%), and efficient (7.14%). Some, however, describe it as overcrowded (7.55%), unsafe (5.99%), and inefficient (5.89%). Nonetheless, there are ways to improve public and private transportation services. These include investing in infrastructures (37.17%), use of active transportation (25.27%), and electric vehicles (19.59%).

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9 in 10 Are Aware of the Technological Innovations in the Transportation Industry

In detail, 60.12% are fully aware, and 31.69% are moderately aware. In contrast, the rest (8.19%) are unaware of the tech innovations in the transportation industry.

Respondents also listed the most significant technological inventions. These include electric and hybrid vehicles (36.29%), autonomous vehicles (36.56%), and ride-sharing services (13.11%).

Figure 1: Most significant technological innovations in the transportation industry

For instance, Urban Air Mobility (UAM) is also making a name for the future of transportation and mobility. This concept uses hybrid-electric aircraft for transportation within urban areas. Accordingly, respondents see UAM with increased convenience and travel speed (12.07%). Others say it has improved safety (11.45%) and reduced traffic congestion (11.27%).

Advantages and Disadvantages of the Innovations in Transportation

These innovations are still in the early stages of development. Yet, they hold great promise for the future of transportation and mobility. They can improve efficiency (27.57%), provide greater convenience (21.57%), and increase accessibility (20.06%).

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Figure 2: Advantages of the new transportation technologies

However, while these inventions offer many exciting benefits, they also come with a range of challenges. Potential drawbacks include vulnerability to malfunctions (11.8%) and higher cost of transportation (11.43%). Some stated possible exclusion for the marginalized community (10.74%) and job displacement (10.21%).

A Glimpse of the Future

With continued development, it is likely that we will see even more breakthroughs that will shape the future of transportation and mobility.

Figure 3: Developments in the transportation industry that respondents are excited about

The majority (12.63%) are looking forward to fully autonomous “self-driving” vehicles. Others (10.44%) expect electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles, also known as “flying cars.” Meanwhile, 10.41% are excited to see advancements in the technology of public transportation.

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Survey TitleSurvey: Perceptions of the Future of Transportation and Mobility
DurationFebruary 02 – February 09, 2023
Number of Participants10,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.