Public transportation doesn’t often provide last-mile solutions. People have to look for alternatives to reach their workplace in the morning and when they return home after a long tiring day at work. Research shows that about 143 million Americans, aged 16 and above, commute daily.
The last mile is a serious issue as it increases the financial costs for commute, causes delays, and increases the time required for commute while also being inconvenient, especially during the rainy seasons or chilly winters. A potential solution to this last-mile challenge can be IoT. IoT is already transforming public transportation and it can be applied to make the last-mile commute even more comfortable.
Connected last-mile commute with IoT
Connected IoT devices can be leveraged to make the daily commutes more comfortable. These solutions also decrease the overall spending on transportation while proving to be an environmental-friendly option.
Connected ride-sharing options
Connected bicycles can prove to be the best IoT solution for the last-mile commute. Companies have already started providing connected bike-sharing options to citizens. Users can track the availability of bikes, usage, and trip details in real-time. This creates a connected community where commuters can plan their travel to be more efficient.
The only hurdle faced by connected bike-sharing services is their integration in today’s vehicular traffic. Governments must ensure that they have dedicated lanes for bike riders so that the traffic flow is smooth.