PreScouter, a Chicago-based research intelligence firm, has released a detailed report landscaping the autonomous transportation space. With advances in autonomous control technologies, user interfaces and experiences, smart multimodal communication systems, and more, the industry is changing at a rate that is difficult to predict and anticipating how all of these advances will resolve in the coming years is a significant challenge. To that end, PreScouter reviewed and profiled upcoming autonomous technologies across space including UAVs, transit shuttles, cargo trains, and more.

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“Transportation is perhaps the economic sector that is taking the most advantage of recent technological developments (e.g.,  internet of things, 4G/5G networking, big data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence)” comments Dr. Jorge Hurtado, one of the researchers who worked on the report. Dr. Paula Hock, the Technical Director of PreScouter’s Automotive, Aviation, and Transportation & Logistics practices sees that autonomous vehicles will infiltrate an extremely wide cross-section of our everyday lives and self-driving cars are only the tip of the iceberg.

In the report or Intelligence Brief, PreScouter explored a number of companies providing autonomous technologies for transit (the transport of people) and cargo (the transportation of goods). A total of 8 companies are profiled in the report and the key features are presented. Also included, is a proposed “vision of the future” for urban commuters, farming and agriculture, and hospital patients.

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“The enormity of data generated by sophisticated systems like those mentioned in the Intelligence Brief is only going to increase, and companies are already jumping to utilize and monetize it. Major questions are being asked regarding this: Who owns the data? How can users protect their privacy? Is the cybersecurity sufficient? These questions will be at the forefront of discussions shortly surrounding connected technologies of all kinds,” comments Dr. Hock. But what is sure is that our future is fully connected, and companies are rushing into development to drive into that future autonomously adds Dr. Hock.