• 28 percent of the Irish public believe Transport is the most changing sector in Ireland today
  • 41 percent believe technology is driving positive change in Ireland
  • 52 percent believe that technology is having a positive impact on Consumer Life in Ireland

65 percent of the Irish public believe electric cars are having the most positive impact on transportation in Ireland today, followed Drones (26 percent) and Robotics (20 percent), according to Fujitsu’s Technology in a Transforming Ireland. The findings highlight that the vast majority of the Irish public (92 percent) believe technology sits at the heart of the changes currently transforming Ireland.

This positive perspective is aligned to business leaders’ views on the improvements technology has brought to their sectors. Industry leaders point to operational efficiency (51 percent), employee productivity (40 percent) and cost-cutting (26 percent) as the top three benefits afforded by technology.

“The transport sector is changing faster than ever before – and its positive approach to technology adoption can bring huge advantages for Irish citizens and sector organisations,” said Craig Sutton, Client Managing Director of Transport at Fujitsu Ireland.

“The future of Transportation in Ireland will require greater personalisation and connectivity. The Internet of things (IoT) plays a huge role in the value of our Transport systems and this technology is making it possible to learn more about passenger decision-making by embracing sensor technology operators can greatly improve route planning, accident prevention and greatly improve safety so we can work together with passengers to develop a more efficient, effective and safer experience.”

From the public’s perspective however there appears to be a reticence to embrace some new technologies; according to those researched 51 percent are uncomfortable with the idea of a driverless car, with only 14 percent of the public willing to put their child in a driverless car. Yet change is what consumers are seeking, with more than a quarter (28 per cent) pinpointing Transport as the sector most changing in Ireland today.

Achieving transformation in such a foundational sector would yield benefits spreading far and wide across our economy and society. In order to do so, such changes would need to be enduring and sustainable in a dynamic digital landscape.

Transport is very much the shared domain of the public and private sector, and this gives it an unparalleled opportunity to nurture collaboration. Whether tapping into the tech savviness of the private sector or the resources of the public sector, there’s lots of potential for creativity.

It’s vital, however, that any technology is sufficiently open and agile to accommodate new solutions in the future. The pace of change means that deployments shouldn’t close off potential future innovations – instead, they should seek to anticipate them.

 

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