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Electric vehicles are better than ever - and they're here to stay

The 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas (which took place from January 9-12, 2018) did not disappoint in providing ‘techie sensory overload’. This year, transportation was a key focus, with electric and technology-packed vehicles from vendors such as Tesla, Toyota, Xpeng and Munro taking center stage.
Among the hottest exhibits were: Hyundai’s hydrogen-powered vehicle, the Nexo; autonomous vehicle concepts from Intel/BMW and Toyota; Sigma Integrale’s remote-operated control for trucks; Bell Helicopter’s air taxi concept; Qualcomm’s cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) implementation demo; and Internet of Things application platforms from companies such as IBM, Ericsson
and Bosch.

We all love the toys, but how will they impact the future? During the Q&A sessions, and at many of the hundreds of booths dedicated to transportation, there were spirited conversations about how automated vehicles and Mobility-as-a-Service are set to disrupt the industry. General Motors has announced plans to launch a steering-wheel-free vehicle in 2019, while Nissan claims that by 2021 self-driving cars will be mainstream.

Connected vehicles was another prime focus at CES 2018. With the capability of being able to talk to other vehicles and the infrastructure around them with factory-installed equipment, connected vehicles are set to be a game-changer – but questions remain.

Over the next three to five years, how will technology disrupt our approach to tolling? Will there be a need for connected vehicles to use transponders or roadside tolling equipment? Could equipment built into connected vehicles simply execute toll transactions instead, and will we still need tolling-agency-run back offices? Who will own the data that vehicles produce? How will we bridge the gap during the transition to connected technologies? How will roadside systems and classifications need to be changed in order to accommodate direct connectivity? How will vehicle manufacturers and their product offerings interface with our current back office systems and how will we need to change operational procedures to accommodate them? How will transactions be audited?

The tolling industry is in a unique position. It is the only transportation system with existing over-the-air high-speed transactions, data management, and back office and billing systems. There is no industry better suited than tolling for this undertaking – and now is the time to engage in the discussion of data collection, integration, and standards development.

 

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