Archive November 2014
On the back of a keynote I’ve delivered on the Future of Driving and Car Parking, we sent out this media release and have had a huge reaction, in just 24 hours I’ve done a ton of radio and newspaper interviews with many more ahead.
Navigating a city centre multi-story car park , or reverse parking in a tight spot is to any, one of life’s more stressful experiences. However, according to leading business futurist Morris Miselowski, car parks as we know them could soon be a thing of the past.
The predictions are being unveiled at the annual Car Park Association annual conference, and, with the average driver wasting 106 days of their life looking for parking spaces, it could be music to the ears of many!
According to Morris, while car parks currently play a major role in our towns and cities, we will soon see a shift from a centralised system to a decentralised system, which in turn will mean less car parking spaces. This is due to fewer people driving overall, a rise in car sharing schemes and better quality public transport, not to mention an increasingly decentralised workforce, with migration from city centres to local areas.
Electronic valet parking
Technology is also set to change the way we park our cars forever. Self-parking cars will offer the biggest developments. Operating via an on-board app, cars will automatically drive around to find a space on their own, then send the owner a message to tell them where it is parked, before returning to you when you need it. A number of major car manufacturers, including Volvo, are already trialing this technology.
Innovative airport parking
Airport parking could also become a lot cheaper. We will see a rise in Flight Car service, where instead of leaving your car in a long-stay car park, you rent it to others who need it while you’re away, before returning it cleaned and with a full tank of petrol. This is another example of the booming ‘sharing economy’ and carries with it many benefits.
Morris Miselowski, says: “Parking your car is one of those activities that no one particularly enjoys. It can be stressful, difficult, time consuming and expensive when you finally do find a space. That’s why it’s so fascinating that technology is in effect, designing-out this chore. Parking your car, manually, at least, will soon – thankfully – become a thing of the past.”
Here’s just a few of the radio interviews:
ABC WideBay Radio -David Dowsett
3AW Melbourne – Allan Pearsall
4BC Brisbane – Clare
ABC Northern Territory
5AA Adelaide – Will Gooding
Staying ahead of trends can be a challenge and a chore. It often feels as if you are no sooner you up on the latest fashion, app or ‘super’ food fad when it’s already being replaced by something new. Fortunately, we have Morris.
In his Nightlife podcast Tony Delroy of ABC local radio heard right around Australia is joined in the studio by regular guest business futurist Morris Miselowski for a sneak peak at the trends of 2015.
Westfield the week before Christmas, Surry Hills for Sunday brunch, Bondi on a hot summer weekend – it’s the stuff of nightmares for Sydney drivers.
But futurist Morris Miselowski believes the agony of searching for a car park may soon come to an end.
Intelligent vehicles and changing work patterns will soon make large parking lots obsolete, he will tell a Parking Australia business lunch on Thursday. And when we do need to find a spot, we’ll leave that job to the car’s computer.
Borrowed time: parking demand will decrease, says Morris Miselowski.
It’s “bleak” news for the industry’s peak body, Mr Miselowski admits, but a welcome relief for frustrated motorists.
In car-loving Britain, the average motorist spends 106 days looking for parking over their lifetime.
But by 2030, that will be “something grandkids will ask about”, Mr Miselowski says.
Vehicles will not only manoeuvre themselves into place but be able to scout for a free spot using in-built computers and GPS, he says. Smart cars could use people’s driveways and move themselves if the driveway is in use, or be programmed to automatically find a new spot once your parking meter expires.
“By 2025, one in four cars sold will be capable of being fully autonomous,” he says. “You will stop in the middle of Pitt Street, you’ll push the button and the car will then park itself.”
And there will be fewer motorists needing to access the CBD, Mr Miselowski says, as work structures become more fluid and business districts less centralised. Cars will be frozen out of city centres through taxes and car-free zones such as the upcoming George Street pedestrian boulevard.
He also predicts car ownership will fall and that we’ll pay less for parking – even at Sydney Airport, the country’s most expensive.
But official figures show our love of driving has not abated. There were 120,000 more cars on NSW roads in 2014 compared with last year, growing at a rate of 2.3 per cent a year, the Australian Bureau of Statistics says.
“With an increasing number of passenger vehicles, this high level of passenger vehicles use is likely to continue,” the ABS notes.
Looking ahead at the the how, what, where and when of work is going to evolve as we move into a 6 career 14 job lifetime, that spans 80 years of work and 120 of life, that sees us with a work portfolio rather than a single job at any one time and working where and when it’s appropriate rather than the necessity of a 9-5 Monday to Friday norm.
I took this chat to Sky Business’s Your Career program and discussed it with Ingrid Willinge (presenter) and Professor Ray Markey, the Director of the Centre for Workplace Futures.
Watch it now…
The thought of this huge number of connected devices going up to 25 billion by 2020 was enough to make Clare at 4BC give me an on air call to work through what the internet of things is, what it might be used for and how safe it will all be and as usual we ended up talking about lots of other stuff including connected cars, digitally connected bathroom scales, wearable digital devices, robots and even the G20 summit.
As always the discussions with Clare is great, the questions insightful and the conversation lively, so have a listen now and then look around to see what’s digitally connected in your world.
We all know Rosey the robot maid in the Jetsons. However, while Robot butlers and maids seem to be the most common expectation we have of our new metallic friends, robots of all other sizes, shapes and complexities are making their debut into the world of work and play.
With an estimated 1.7 million industrial robots working worldwide and an expected 12% increase this year alone, be sure that there’s a robot revolution happening, and almost all of today’s industries will soon benefit from the robots of tomorrow; driving efficiencies and reducing costs across the board.
The medicine and health care industry will see a huge growth and surge in telemedicine, allowing doctors and medical professionals to share, consult and even operate from anywhere, as doctor’s climb inside a virtual robot and drive themselves around remote hospitals and operating theatres.
Offices and factories will also benefit from the world of advanced robotics, with remote vehicle robots jockeying their virtual executives and workers around distant and remote global offices and factories.
There will also be an array of factory robots including the interactive production robot, Baxter, who can learn and replicate any repetitive task in 90 seconds and costs around $22,000 to purchase. This gives “him” an operating cost of $3.52 per hour; the same cost as the average Chinese worker.
And while we’re on China, guess who currently has the most industrial robots working in the world yes, China and the stats tell us that for the next 10 years at least that’s not going to change – China has 70,000 industrial robots currently working, Nth America 33,000, Japan 30,000, South Korea 24,000 and Germany 19,5000 (Source IFR).
In our homes, we have already seen the march to automation with smart houses becoming more and more popular. Society is already familiar with technology that can lock your doors for you, turn on the sprinklers, adjust the thermostat and vacuum your floors.
As technology gets more advanced, your home will soon include things like temperature adjustment based on your levels of alertness, lights dimming themselves or brightening in accordance to your mood, and eventually services combining technology, such as using a search engine to look up recipes and the oven starts preheating, in the event you are in the mood to bake.
Even on our roads over the next years will start to be populated by self-driving cars and remote controlled heavy vehicle will continue to grow in popularity.
All this robot talk peaked 6PR’s Peter Bell to want to chat about robots, past present and future and for listeners to then chime in with what they would like their robots to do for them, so have a listen now and then let me know what you’d love your future robot to do for you.
Want to know what 2105 holds for your business and life? Well, I’m almost done crossing the “t’s” and dotting the “i’s“, before I formally release my 7th annual trend horizon report, but I thought I’d take some of the trends out for a spin on a couple of my regular radio segments and have already had an incredible response and a tonne of requests for the white paper.
2015 theme will be a year of getting over it, moving it along and getting it done and the first year in many, that we refer less to the past years and the economic and social angst they caused and more to the possibilities ahead and to what we can create and innovate.
2015 is set to be a watershed year in many subtle but evolutionary ways, as we move from a digital world that begins to foresee and hypothesize as technology moves from just collecting information to making sense and purpose out of it and telling us what we need to know before we need to know it.
2015 will be the year that disruption becomes the norm, wisdom become more important than knowledge and feelings and intuition make a come back as the must-have management tool.
Lots more ahead and for your first insight to 2015 have a listen to the interviews and then ensure your the first to know what 2015 holds by being the first to get a copy of my 2015 horizon trends white paper – make sure you’re subscribed to my newsletter – subscribe at the top of this page.
James Lush of ABC radio Local Perth– Saturday 8th November
David Dowsett of ABC radio Local Wide Bay – Monday 10th November