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The Future of Mobility in a Post-COVID World

As COVID impacts the future of work it also impacts the future of mobility in our cities. Better ground mobility will lead to better upward mobility for its people. Joseph Kopser shares his industry-expert insight on the future of mobility in a post-COVID world, including: Automation in transportation; Car dependency; Contact tracing; Privacy concerns; Delivery of Goods.

Article originally published: https://www.josephkopser.com/future-of-mobility-and-work-in-cities-covid/

Joseph Kopser of Grayline Group is host of Catalyst TALKS. A series of live, interactive interviews with thought leaders, subject matter experts and operators with first hand experience in the skills needed to lead the workplace in a changing world. His talks focus on the technology, agility, leadership, knowledge, and strategy needed to build teams in a changing world. Joseph is also co-founder of the non-profit USTomorrow focused on workforce readiness. Joseph’s focus is to help people adapt to the changing future of work.

Grayline Group knows that technology is changing faster than business models, and globalization has magnified the threat surface for companies, investors, and governments. Change creates opportunity and risk. It requires the skills of new leadership and strategy in the workplace.

Grayline Group brings together experts, data, and solutions to help business and government leaders manage transformation resulting from technological and socioeconomic catalysts.

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The Future of Mobility in a Post-COVID World

  1. 1. JOSEPH KOPSER Future of Mobility Post COVID Automation, Car Dependency, Contactless Tracing, and Privacy JosephKopser.com•2020 01
  2. 2. 5 Topics for the Future of Mobility Post COVID AUTOMATION IN TRANSPORTATION CAR DEPENDENCY CONTACT TRACING PRIVACY CONCERNS 02 02Joseph Kopser DELIVERY OF GOODS
  3. 3. Automation in Transportation ELIMINATING TOUCH POINTS IN LONG LINES AND TRANSIT The transportation sector will most likely make a shift towards contactless accessibility that may end up eliminating most, if not all of the touchpoints that have existed up until now Operators are expected to roll out strategies that will support automation Elimination of doors with handles in favor of more advanced gesture-based ones Gesture-based interactions with payment kiosks Robots or cleaning systems capable of sanitizing surfaces continuously Efforts to make transportation safer and cleaner would also require the involvement of public health officials and governments across all levels 03Joseph Kopser
  4. 4. Car dependency in a post-COVID world People who used public transport were about six times more likely to seek care for an acute respiratory sickness UK research, 2008 - 2009 Risk of obesity increases by up to 6% with every extra hour spent in a car, each day 2004 study on public health and transportation Obesity, in turn, increases susceptibility to diabetes and heart disease, both of which also increases an individual’s vulnerability to COVID-19 complications Feeling like we're in a Catch-22 MASS TRANSIT OF PEOPLE IN GROUPS INCREASES THE RATE OF SPREAD OF INFECTION 04Joseph Kopser
  5. 5. Contact Tracing ALERTING PASSENGERS IF THEY'VE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH OTHER RIDERS WHO TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID Paramount to getting people to feel more comfortable with the thought of leaving their homes There is nothing that will replace preparation China already uses a similar technology to manage road traffic This technology can help passengers avoid crowded buses and reduce traffic congestion both of which will be expected in a post-COVID world 05Joseph Kopser
  6. 6. Privacy Concerns SURVEILLANCE AND PRIVACY CHALLENGES WITH MANY OF THE SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY 06Joseph Kopser China, Singapore, South Korea, and many of the other countries that have achieved success with contract tracing do so because the constitution allows tracking credit card history, cell phone location, and other details about an infected person Debate as to whether giving this much priority to public health and safety is worth relinquishing one’s privacy
  7. 7. Delivery of Goods SOCIAL DISTANCING WITH USE OF ROBOT-DELIVERY SERVICES Adoption of autonomous delivery robots and driverless delivery vehicles for point to point delivery of goods Technologies and players in this sector of the transport industry have been around pre-COVID. The pandemic caused a shift and driven more attention towards them Being used to deliver essential supplies for healthcare professionals 07Joseph Kopser
  8. 8. TRANSPORTATION WILL NEVER BE THE SAME Start new conversations and develop strategies around automation, infection- proofing, contract tracing, health checks, assessment, etc. Develop a safer and effective way to transport people and goods Consider alternatives that could range from private cars, ride-hailing, biking, or not even commuting at all as is the case with most employees who are able to work from home The coronavirus pandemic will open new possibilities and challenges 08Joseph Kopser
  9. 9. Joseph Kopser is a serial entrepreneur and expert in energy and national security issues. Currently he serves as an Executive-in- Residence at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. In addition, he is President of Grayline after he co-founded and served as CEO of RideScout before it was acquired by Mercedes. He served in the U.S. Army for 20 years earning the Combat Action Badge, Army Ranger Tab and Bronze Star. He is a graduate of West Point with a BS in Aerospace Engineering and also received a Masters from the Harvard Kennedy School. In 2013, he was recognized as a White House Champion of Change for his efforts in Energy and Transportation. In 2014, RideScout, won the U.S. DOT Data Innovation Award and co-authored the book, Catalyst. He is the Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the CleanTX Foundation, an economic development and professional association for cleantech. Joseph is also co-founder of the non-profit USTomorrow focused on workforce readiness. Joseph’s focus is to help people adapt to the changing future of work. Joseph Kopser, President - Grayline Group Joseph Kopser

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