03:44 - Source: CNN
Transportation confronts its Kodak moment

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Transportation is set to be transformed by digital technology, says many Silicon Valley commentators

Industry needs to avoid being blindsided by rise in digital tech

Time is right for more development of self-driving cars, believes David Frigstad, chairman of Frost & Sullivan

Editor’s Note: CNN contributor Andrew Keen organized and hosted an invitation-only Silicon Valley event called FutureCast. A group of entrepreneurs, investors, technologists and writers discussed the impact of the digital revolution on transportation. All this week CNN Business Traveller will bring you highlights from the debate. AT&T and Ericsson hosted the conference at the AT&T Foundry in Palo Alto.

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Transportation is on the cusp of being radically transformed by the digital revolution. From self-driving cars to intelligent public transit systems, the future of 21st-century transportation is being mapped out right now in Silicon Valley.

At the inaugural FutureCast event in Palo Alto, 50 innovative entrepreneurs, executives, policy makers and writers were invited to discuss how online technology is transforming transportation.

The goal was to rethink travel in today’s networked society and re-imagine the car, bus and train in the digital age.

For David Frigstad, Chairman of consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan, transportation is reaching what its “Kodak Moment.”

He was referring to the way in which the photography company Kodak was catastrophically blindsided by the digital revolution in photography. This moment is every traditional CEO’s worst nightmare.

But, as Frigstad explained at the discussion, the disruption of today’s network economy, which will enable vehicle sharing start-ups, might actually be good news for the rest of us.

“To have 100 billion cars on the planet that aren’t being used is a total waste of materials, gas, petrol, metals,” Frigstad explained.