Background Note | HBS Case Collection | February 2014 (Revised June 2014)

The Information Superhighway Meets the Highway: Technology and Mobility Trends and Opportunities

by Rosabeth Moss Kanter and Kevin Rosier

Abstract

Technological innovation is considered a competitive strength for America, but the nation does not score as high in deploying its technology. U.S. transportation systems are in need of repair and renewal, and the sector is at the cusp of a technological revolution. The Information Superhighway could reinvent the highway—and airways, railroads, vehicles, and more—by making aspects of the system "smarter" and more connected, cost-effective, fuel-efficient, safer, and more convenient for consumers, businesses, and communities. This paper discusses five trends in technology-enabled transportation innovation: connected vehicles; connected roads; big data analytics in air transportation; Intelligent Transportation Systems; and innovation in information infrastructure.

Keywords: technology; transportation; infrastructure; Technology; Infrastructure; Transportation;

Citation:

Kanter, Rosabeth Moss, and Kevin Rosier. "The Information Superhighway Meets the Highway: Technology and Mobility Trends and Opportunities." Harvard Business School Background Note 314-093, February 2014. (Revised June 2014.)