Modern business transporters are undergoing major changes driven by the demand for digitalized and personalized passenger experiences. According to a market analysis released in 2015, the global market for automotive infotainment systems for passenger uses is estimated to surpass US$30 billion by 2020. The rising needs for in-vehicle features controlled by smart device Apps also contributes to the growth of aftermarket automotive integration.
The increasing number of terrorist attacks to public transits has rapidly triggered the awareness of passenger safety. Public transportation like buses and trains in major cities became victimized for bombing. Mass transit operators are urging for a real-time mobile surveillance system to capture what could have been missed throughout the moving buses or subway system
Due to the rising awareness of environmental friendliness, more and more people are taking metro transportations such as subway and mass rapid transit as their primary commuting option. As people are spending more time on trains, and, with the popularity of smart mobile devices, they would like to maximize their time efficiency during their traveling time. Therefore, managements of rolling stock organizations are taking onboard Wi-Fi service into consideration. Regarding signal reliability and rolling stock environment, the most convenient solution is to implement an onboard gateway with wireless network connectivity and processing capability rather than installing a local Wi-Fi network or a satellite-based system. The onboard gateway will act as the Wi-Fi hot spot, so that passengers will have the access while spending time in the trains.
Driver fatigue is accounted as one of the most prevalent causes of traffic accidents, especially with heavy-duty vehicles such as mining trucks, excavators, bulldozers, cranes, cargo trucks and commercial buses. Drivers of these vehicle types can experience long-hour shifts and may fall into asleep at wheels temporarily in a “doze” mode when hit with fatigue or drowsiness. In fact, there are reports indicating that 1 out of 6 fatal accidents is caused by drowsiness or fatigue. Therefore, owners of heavy-duty service vehicles are searching for in-vehicle solutions that can detect the level of driver condition to lower down the accident rates and damage costs.
Many governments and transportation companies in the world are seeking intelligent and secure rolling stock solutions to reduce traffic congestion, air pollution and commuting time between urban and rural areas. In fact, today’s passengers and operators demand more than just reliability and efficiency, but also comfort, infotainment as well as environmental friendliness. To meet the ever complicated demands, a more integrated system with high degree of modular flexibility and scalability is required.