Smart Mobility Trends

Ford CEO

Smart Mobility will change the way individuals and businesses relate to one another. Moore’s Law, written in 1965, stated that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit could be doubled approximately every two years.  Intel’s David House used eighteen months as the rule for chip performance.  Consider the wider technology world.  Where were cell phones 20 years ago versus 10 years ago versus today.  As technological capabilities develop, the smart mobile world will offer possibilities only the most imaginative of us can envision today.

In his CES keynote, Ford’s CEO CEO Mark Fields introduced the company’s Smart Mobility plan. He said Smart Mobility will “use innovation to take it to the next level in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and big data”. Within its Smart Mobility plan, Ford will engage in 25 experiments around the world “to test breakthrough transportation ideas to create better customer experiences, more flexible user-ship models and social collaboration that can reward customers.”

Moore’s Law pretty much held true until 2012 when IBM announced that they were able to reduce the number of atoms required to create a bit of data from one million to 12. Smart Mobility will change the way individuals and businesses relate to one another.  IDC data reports from 2010 showed that smartphone sales outnumbered those of PCs for the first time.  What will the smartphone landscape look like in 5 years? In 10? Along with smart phone growth come growth in “apps”.  Social networking is becoming ubiquitous and existing networks may change and adapt as newer players enter the market.  It will be interesting to see how individual privacy rights and better defined privacy laws will help shape the development.

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