Expectations around connected vehicles are reaching fever pitch. Tech giants like Apple, Google and Tesla have their feet firmly wedged in the market and with sales of related technologies expected to reach upwards of €122bn by 2021, the next five years will see our driving experiences transform way beyond mirror, signal and manoeuvre.
Because mobile-first workers are now used to the 'Swipe left. Swipe right' ease of consumer life, their frustration and irritation with the tools they are expected to use is on the rise. Why would an employee be okay with having to log in and spend thirty minutes filling out expenses, approving a purchase order, or logging a field service visit when they can order a pizza with three thumb clicks?
I clearly recall thinking we'd never travel as a family again as Natty's diagnosis of Down's syndrome was delivered, and that it was bitterly ironic to try to explain our new life path with a travel story. Telling us that our life wasn't heading where we'd planned was crushing at that time... I for one am glad I'm in this boat. And I am grateful for the friendship of my wonderful travelling companions.
As World Tourism Day approaches, yes there is a designated day a year to celebrate tourism! it might be the right time to consider the other side of tourism. Mass tourism, travel in general, and being mobile are often considered as a vehicle towards enlightenment, an educational experience, or as an activity which can 'open our minds'.
Businesses simply can't afford to wait to respond to customer queries anymore. Anytime, anywhere, instant access and richer interactions with some brands have also fostered impatience across the board, as witnessed by the customer care streams on Twitter, jammed with customers thrilled by lightning-speed responses or appalled by slow ones.
Leading UK Charity Guide Dogs for the Blind Association UK founded in 1934, providing mobility and support for sight impaired and severely sight impaired people; have recently been working towards creating new laws and legislations that enable citizens with sight loss and mobility needs to live independent lives.
Until recently, the idea of mobility has been as noteworthy as a grey cloud on the horizon. It's there - and may bring rain in the future - but right now it's nothing to worry about. The outlook is now decidedly different for the development community; the distant cloud that has been lingering on the horizon is fast looking overhead.
Hats off to Lord Coe and Sir Philip Craven, London 2012 has been a sporting triumph but as an objective to make day to day life for disabled people that little bit easier, we've got a way to go. When the athletes leave the stadium and courts, and the applause has died down - it's up to all of us to pick up the baton and champion the rights of disabled people for every day inclusion.