Is technology shaping our mobility lives?

  • Ana María Orozco Idrobo Technische Universität München
Keywords: Information and communication society, networked society, mobilities, social networks, information Era.


Information and communication technologies have rapidly become part of our lives: as social beings we have shifted from geographical spaces to virtual spaces. The interactions between individuals have also changed, sometimes to bring us closer and sometimes to move us apart. Communication networks enable the creation of new connections, links and relationships, and also provide new ways of communication: real-time, instant and geo-referenced information can travel around the world in milliseconds. This new era is called «The Information Era» and is definitely changing our behavioral and mobility patterns. This paper analyzes the question: How is technology shaping our mobility lives? This topic is broken down into three main focuses of discussion: first, the power of crowdsourcing; second, tracking and geo-referenced systems; and third, automation and teleservices.

Author Biography

Ana María Orozco Idrobo, Technische Universität München

Master candidate in Transportation Systems at Technische Universität München (Germany) and Telematics Engineer of Universidad Icesi (Cali, Colombia). As part of Colciencias' Young Researchers Program, she was member of Information and Telecommunications Research Group (i2T) at Universidad Icesi. Topics of interest are vehicular ad hoc networks, communications for intelligent transportation systems and traffic flow models.


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