The future of mobility: Innovations in fuel aggregation and congestion monitoring – ET Auto

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Fuel aggregator startups are using advanced technologies to provide solutions for B2B facing stakeholders that include fuel pump owners, fuel companies, and B2C-facing stakeholders that include the population of billions, the end consumers.

As India accelerates towards a future marked by innovation and progress, its roads are witnessing a transformation of unprecedented traffic and congestion. The once-dominant ethos of the light-vehicle market is swiftly giving way to a preference for larger models, with SUVs all set to surpass the mark of 6.1 million units by 2030. This reflects not only India’s economic ascent but also underscores the pressing need for an advanced infrastructure that can reimagine mobility and provide a contemporary solution in the face of rising urbanization and congestion.Need for fuel aggregation and congestion monitoring
The Indian highways pave the path for growth, and yet the shadows of congestion and pollution loom large over its bustling cities. The urban infrastructure presents a formidable challenge of longer than usual queues on fuel pumps that add to the congestion on the roads during peak hours, emphasizing the importance for technology to minimize peak hour fueling time. In metropolitan cities, where over 100 registered vehicles struggle for space per kilometer of road, the cry for sustainable solutions grows ever louder. Thus, the future of mobility demands tailored solutions, rooted in digitization, with collaborative efforts across stakeholders.During the day, a person may take up to 30 minutes to cover a distance of 10 kms in one of the world’s most traffic-congested cities, Bangalore, as per a recent study by TomTom Traffic Index. However, an additional 15 minutes can be spent in the car during rush hour in Bengaluru. Now imagine, if the vehicle is low on fuel – how much more time will the driver have to spend in congestion during the peak hour?

There comes the need for innovation in fuel aggregation – to tackle the problems of traffic and congestion monitoring that are not only backed by real-time data but also by artificial intelligence to predict, understand and design solutions for the upcoming challenges in advance.

Innovations and expectations
The landscape of fuel aggregation is witnessing a surge of innovative interventions in response to alleviate traffic congestion. Fuel aggregator startups are using advanced technologies to provide solutions for B2B facing stakeholders that include fuel pump owners, fuel companies, and B2C-facing stakeholders that include the population of billions, the end consumers.

The innovation includes building applications and software based on artificial intelligence and edge controllers that allows the stakeholders to access real-time data in an easy and comprehensible manner. This allows the users to navigate the congestion on the station and make decisions to manage congestion while also ensuring efficient fuel delivery. Similarly, fuel aggregator startups are also developing apps to build a more real-time focused solution for the general public that allows them to bypass traffic.

The industry for fuel aggregators is still in its nascent stage. However, the congestion monitoring has found its place due to its perpetuity. Several governments are introducing IoT sensors in metro cities to get real time updates on various traffic conditions, including vehicle speed, congestion, and weather conditions, empowering authorities to manage traffic with greater agility and precision.

The bottom line
With each innovation, the path of mobility is reshaped, ushering in an era where fuel aggregation and congestion monitoring become not only a matter of convenience but a vital tool in the battle against urban challenges. To tackle these issues, there is a pressing need for startups that encourage digitization in the energy sector and state-of-the-art congestion monitoring systems. These innovations, driven by technology and collaboration among stakeholders can minimize time on road and fueling time during peak hours, and alleviate traffic congestion. With startups leveraging artificial intelligence and real-time data to provide efficient solutions, India can pave the way for a smoother and more sustainable future of mobility.

  • Published On Feb 29, 2024 at 11:40 AM IST

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