Moment Future of Transportation Productivity

Digital workspace reshapes the commute

Travel and commuting can eat up a significant portion of our lives. In fact, the average New Yorker spends around six-and-a-half hours per week commuting, and Washington DC drivers spend an average of 82 hours each year sitting in traffic. To add to the frustration, this is often downtime that could be put to good use were it not for the discomforts and lack of connectivity on mass transit systems.

Productivity and leisure have already been integrated with travel at a basic level (e.g. wifi and in-flight entertainment systems on airplanes). More immersive technologies, combined with more flexible transit infrastructure, could take things to the next level. Mixed Reality is estimated to be an $80 billion business by 2025 and has the potential to create on-the-go work and play spaces for riders anywhere. Could an integrated, Mixed Reality workspace change the way we view mass transit?

For the users

  • Fosters higher satisfaction and well-being with longer commutes by integrating leisure and travel time.

For the industry

  • Additional revenue from more customers shifting from personal to mass transit thanks to an equally comfortable and productive environment at a competitive cost.

Tech Possibilities

Near future

  • Mobile productivity apps tailored to available commute time

Mid future

  • Advanced Augmented Reality (2–3 senses) with rudimentary interactive and collaborative capabilities (e.g. remote conferencing, educational media consumption)

Far future

  • Superior Mixed Reality (more than three senses) with sophisticated interactive and collaborative capabilities (limitless ability to be productive anywhere, anytime)
Moment Future of Transportation Productivity Process

Designated productivity spaces

Kelly begins her long commute to the office. She opts to board a designated “office” car, fitted with soundproofing and workstations.

Moment Future of Transportation Productivity

Personal digital desks: anywhere, anytime

To work remotely, Kelly utilizes a workstation on the train. It syncs with her personal device, giving her access to her files. She spends some time working on a presentation, then quickly sets up a Mixed Reality communication session to touch base with her team.

Moment Future of Transportation Productivity

Automatic time optimization

The system informs Kelly of some train traffic ahead, and confirms she’ll arrive in 15 minutes. She is given options to productively spend the remaining time, and decides to call her boyfriend to make plans for dinner.

Moment Future of Transportation Productivity

What could the future of transportation look like?

Redefining the future of mass transit through emerging technology and trends

To increase public mass transit ridership, embracing and harnessing emerging technologies will create adaptive and efficient systems that will provide additional value and enjoyment for riders. Moment has taken the first steps by exploring the possibilities in five key areas of impact: shared space, productivity, safety and supervision, ticketing, and wayfinding.

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