Airline Challenges, EV Charging, and More Transportation News Trends
A look at the transportation news from PR Newswire in November and December that you might have missed.
(Note: This is an edited version of a blog post originally published on prnewswire.com. Read the original for more.)
The last two months of 2022 in the automotive and transportation industries were marked by a number of significant press releases and announcements. As we begin a new year, we’re taking a look at four major trends that emerged in these sectors in November and December: CES 2023, developments in EV charging infrastructure, the ongoing challenges faced by the travel industry, and the continued growth of artificial intelligence (AI) in not only the automotive industry but the transportation sector as a whole.
With over 2,500 releases distributed during the period, let’s take a deeper dive into these trends.
Some of the Most Popular Auto/Transport Releases
If you haven’t already, take a look at some of our most popular news releases in the Automotive and Transport industries from the two previous months:
- XCA 2600, World’s Strongest All-Terrain Crane Developed by XCMG, Sets New Wind Power Hoisting Record
- Hybrid Reborn: 2023 Toyota Prius Revealed
- Caterpillar Successfully Demonstrates First Battery Electric Large Mining Truck and Invests in Sustainable Proving Ground
- VIOFO A139 Pro 3CH, the First Real 4K HDR 3 Channel Dashcam with Sony STARVIS 2
Transportation News Trends
1. CES Innovation Awards
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the most influential tech event in the world. Every year, an annual competition is held prior to the showcase honoring outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products. Some of the biggest names auto and transport names honored in the 2023 CES Innovation Awards were Hyundai, Garmin, and John Deere.
Here are a few release examples from November and December:
- Valens Semiconductor Named Honoree in Three CES 2023 Innovation Award Categories
- Hyundai Mobis to Unveil New Technologies for Purpose-built Mobility at CES 2023
CES 2023 was a week filled with thousands of product debuts and the unveiling of innovations that will better the world and solve global challenges.
2. Travel (Challenges for Airlines, Airports, and Passengers)
The travel industry, meanwhile, has faced ongoing difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, extreme weather events, and aging technology, and many airlines and hotels are struggling to adapt to the changing landscape. Despite these challenges, some companies have managed to pivot and find new ways to serve their customers.
Check out these press releases from November and December:
- More Travel Disruption Feared As Passengers Take To The Skies This Holiday Season
- Alaska Airlines teams up with Lyft for new partnership to earn miles wherever you go
- Latest Upgraded Points Survey Reveals Biggest Airport Pet Peeves, U.S. Airlines With the Most Complaints, Mishandled Baggage, Cancellations, and More
Over 10% of the 1,547 press releases from the travel sector in November and December discussed the challenges faced by the industry and how companies are addressing them.
3. Electric Vehicle Charging
Electric vehicles are no longer a trend in this industry, they are here to stay. Companies not adapting or attempting to adapt to the electric boom will fall behind in the upcoming years. With so many electric vehicles on the rise and currently on the road, charging stations are becoming more of a necessity. Developing the EV charging infrastructure in this country and beyond is the clear next step in the EV transition.
Here are a few examples of EV charging in transportation news from November and December:
- EnergyLink Commits to Advancing Electrification Movement, Set to Install EV Charging Stations in 2023
- ZOOZ Power joins forces with global car rental giant to test kinetic power-boosted ultra-fast EV charging system
- Nikola And Chargepoint Partner To Accelerate Charging Infrastructure Solutions
In November and December, over 350 stories that mentioned “electric vehicle charging” crossed our wire.
4. Artificial Intelligence in Auto
Finally, as AI continues to permeate most aspects of our lives, its use in the automotive sector has continued to grow. Companies are exploring ways to use machine learning and other advanced technologies to improve safety, efficiency, and the overall transportation experience.
As we revisit AI in the automotive/transportation industries, here are a few examples from the past two months:
- Kodiak Robotics Demonstrates Tire Blowout on its Self-Driving Truck
- CerebrumX and Toyota Team Up to Reduce Fleet Management Costs with Connected Vehicle Data
- UltraSense Systems Introduces Transformational InPlane Sensing Technology to Revolutionize the Touch Experience for Automotive
- U.S. Department of Defense Awards $50 Million Contract to Kodiak Robotics for Autonomous U.S. Army Ground Reconnaissance Vehicles
With nearly 10% of the 788 releases mentioning “AI” coming from the automotive industry, the technology seems poised to become a norm for transportation companies rather than a trend.
Overall, the last two months of 2022 were marked by a wide range of developments in the automotive and transportation sectors, with these four major trends standing out as particularly noteworthy. In the coming months, it will be interesting to see how these trends continue to evolve and shape the industry.