We may not have flying cars yet but thanks to the advancement of Israeli transportation innovation, we might get there sooner than we thought. Before any car is going to take flight though, Israelis have been leading the way to create cars that run on electricity instead of gasoline, which are said to use ⅓ less resources than the average vehicle.
Ecomotion, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering an innovative community to build smart transportation, held a conference where about 280 companies from over 20 countries attended in order to “glimpse into the future of mobility.” This is Ecomotion’s fifth major event, as they see a growing need to “create a business oriented community that will position Israel as an innovation center for smart transportation. This is due to the huge shift in the transport world in the last years, shifting the sector from manufacturing and oil to a digital and electrification, which Israel has a very strong advantage in,” says Ecomotion Community Manager Orlie Dahan.
After Google and Intel bought Israeli companies like Waze and Mobileye, the worldwide interest in Israeli smart car innovations is peaked. With 550 startups and 5,000 community members in Israel dedicated to the smart transportation field, the industry is steadily advancing. Hundreds of technologies are in momentum, such as super quick recharging car batteries, car plugs in order to dissolve the need for batteries, communicating cars to avoid traffic accidents, car vision for self driving cars, or even a robot that can drive the car for you.
Some of these technologies hope to be on the road as early as 2020. While Israel might not be a hub for producing vehicles, they are certainly driving forward hundreds of new kinds of solutions to improve transportation worldwide. Israel continues on its track as a global innovation center, and we’re holding onto our wheels to see what rolls out next.