You access any number of government processes via the internet these days. From eFiling taxes to renewing car registration, electronic government or eGovernment is streamlining some of the most time-consuming public transactions. But this paperless solution only succeeds for those people who can get to a computer. What about those who can’t? This is where mobile government or m-Government comes in.
Government oversight of the automotive industry was established more than a century ago with the passing of the Vehicle Act of 1915. Despite the time between then and now, change has been slow to happen. However, the ever-increasing automation of vehicles has forced automakers and government entities to collaborate like never before in an effort to create a workable and reliable process of laws and governance in this industry. One tool that has made this collaboration more manageable and productive is eGovernment. Over time, more governments and government agencies around the globe are embracing technology and making strides towards establishing eGovernments that provide services to and for protection of their citizens via digital channels.
While there are many catalysts to this growth—not the least of which is public demand—one of the factors requiring the further movement of government services into the digital environment has been the growth of emerging auto technologies. For quite some time, the government has partnered with the automotive industry in a regulatory capacity. However, due to these emerging auto technologies, the degree to which the government will need to both support and oversee this industry will only continue to grow. There are two primary industry shifts necessitating increased involvement from eGovernment: Modifications in the ways vehicles are powered An increase in vehicle automation While it will likely be some time before we stop using fossil fuels, the tide is turning on this front, with more makes and models running partially or even entirely on electricity. The benefits of this shift are obvious, since the effects of carbon emissions on the environment are now well documented.
A smartphone on wheels. And more. That’s how innovators in the automotive and auto tech industries are envisioning cars of the future. Imagine an intelligent, connected vehicle that communicates with your home heater on a cold, snowy day to ensure the interior is toasty when you walk through the door. A car that preheats your oven so you can start dinner upon arrival.
Remember standing in endless lines to get your driver’s license renewed? Or the hassle of filing any important personal or business documents. Dealing with any government agency in the past was enough to send anyone straight over the edge. Well welcome to the brave new world of e-gov and the numerous benefits it offers. E-government, or e-gov, is the use of information technology to support government operations, engage citizens, and provide government services.
Could we ever create a world that frees drivers of distractions? While in the car, responsible drivers never touch their phones, don’t crane their necks to stare at a truly distracted driver who’s been pulled over by the cops, and don’t juggle their breakfast and hot coffee during their commute, among other things. Yet they still have to stop to pay at a toll bridge and still come home to find their mailboxes full of pesky paper notices about registration and license renewals, getting smog checks or paying parking tickets. Being a driver is much more than just focusing on the road to get to a destination. The regulations that bring order to the road and help keep us safe also make being a driver complicated, time-consuming and expensive.