It's 2035 and you have decided to take a 3 year personalised transportation contract to keep you on the move.
After analysing the last 5 years of online shopping, GPS tracking, health and social media data and considering local energy generation methods, charging and hydrogen refuelling infrastructures the cognitive computing algorithms have identified the optimal vehicle architecture for your lifestyle, travel and physical needs while identifying the most sustainable fuel mix strategy for your contract….production can begin!
The purchasing computers scan their supplier network to identify the most cost effective and quickest route to manufacture (after all, these days who can wait!) and simultaneously place orders for all of the key components of the vehicle. The manufacturing systems of each of the component manufacturing partners align scheduling plans in order to ensure minimal work in progress and the facilities begin to reconfigure their flexible robotic manufacturing cells to make the parts.
As the assembled systems come together to be built into your vehicle, simulation data using the actual measurements from the components within each of them, is used to balance and tweak control algorithms to ensure the optimal performance for the predicted drive cycles it will face…the final robot places the flowers on the front seat and we are ready to go!
You receive a message from your vehicle introducing itself and letting you know when it will arrive at your house, waiting patiently there until you are ready to meet it. Biometric data taken at the time of order ensures that the car will only respond to you until you introduce it to the family. Scanning the daily planners and contacts of each of you the vehicle begins to develop a schedule for transporting each of you to your target destinations as well as identifying optimal charging times and locations for local grid balancing opportunities. The embedded sensors continually feedback data to the OEM, identifying any needs for preventative maintenance and to help improve the next generation of vehicle design…
After three years of trouble free transportation it is time to say goodbye and the vehicle heads back to a recycling and re-use centre to be reconfigured for its next life. Sensor data is used to identify any performance degradation or system optimisation requirements as the vehicle is dis-assembled and the systems are re-distributed to be reconfigured either into other vehicles or for secondary uses, while advanced manufacturing processes such as hybrid machining are used to repair or replace any damaged components in order to minimise waste, with less than 5% of the vehicle being recycled…
But how real is this vision of the future?
Hear a panel of world experts discuss their vision of the future of automated transport and debate the likely outcomes at the world famous Royal Institution lecture theatre where Michael Faraday first demonstrated the electric motor.
This free event is open to all interested in both the debate and helping shape the future. Join us on 24th January between 13:00 and 17:00 at 21 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4BS to get involved.