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Self-driving cars and Urban Mobility

Mobility is a highly dynamic concept. It has seen many changes over time. If you analyze carefully, then it is interesting to note that every industrial revolution has somehow brought about a change in mobility too. While steam engine started with the first industrial revolution, the second industrial revolution led to the invention of the automobile industry. Most recently, the third revolution powered by digitalization saw the emergence of computer-aided traveling.

Today, with the convergence of technology and industry, we are on the verge of a fourth industrial revolution. This is perhaps why we are witnessing a surge in connected mobility solutions and clean energy vehicles. We have already seen this evolution getting started with network industries and also B2C industries. Hence, it is clear that the future is here as far as urban mobility is concerned.

Factors Necessary for a Smooth Transition

Innovation in science and technology is not sufficient to promote urban mobility. It also requires simultaneous management work to get the best out urban mobility. Governments need to set pro-urban mobility political agendas and push for a more sustainability and public transport oriented. Steps must also be taken to foster multi-modal mobility. In the case of underdeveloped countries, the focus should be on creating a sustainable mobility core that satisfies the short-term demands at a somewhat reasonable cost. Public transport financing and mobility supply is another key area which needs a boost for urban mobility to truly prosper.

Although, there are challenges which are faced by most cities we are definitely at a stage of the metamorphosis of urban mobility. The controllers need to be accurate and precise. Ideally, they are made using Arduino UNO. This ceases to be a critical issue as the developers need to be fluent in Arduino. A scenario where consulting Arduino tutorials, referring to different sources and testing through various mediums make the process so critical. There are plenty of examples where innovations have been made. Cities can take a leaf from their books and look to make the transition themselves.

Top Urban Mobility Examples

The following are some of the best examples of urban mobility present today:

SMILE, Vienna:

Smart Mobility Information and ticketing system Leading the way for Effective e-mobility services (SMILE) introduced in Vienna, Austria, is a prototype of multi-modal mobility platform. It is a mobile phone based platform was developed with the intention of creating public transport as the backbone. It integrated the different types of mobility offerings into many unified travel options while taking in to account various customer needs. It can provide for customer’s information also allows electronic payment as well as booking. It is expected that it will soon be open to third parties and will have a wider reach than the present.

Traficken.nu, Stockholm:

A Stockholm based multimodal tool specially built for planning. It is a joint initiative of the PTA, PTO, road building authority and city administration which is financed by toll revenue. It compared different door to door regards to cost, climate impact and time. In the immediate future, it is expected that bike, and car sharing will also be integrated. Initially, it was solely launched in Stockholm, but due to its success, it has now also been started in other regions like Skane Country and Gothenburg Region.

Goroo, Chicago

This is a multimodal journey planner which was started by local PTA by collaborating with the PTOs, the tourism bureau, traffic authorities, regional transportation system, parking service providers and other key stakeholders. This platform also provides other entertainment options like shopping, recreation, sports, gastronomy and other value added services besides urban mobility.

Integrated Mobile Platforms:

For urban mobility to get the most of its potential, there is a need to find the best practices involving the integration of the mobility platforms at a supra-regional level. Corporate giants like Google, Nokia, and Citroen have all attempted to create platforms by integrating local players. The following are some interesting innovations:

Google Now:

It is an intelligent and sophisticated personal assistant that comes with voice recognition which helps by making mobility related recommendations to the driver on the basis of his or her geographical location, calendar entries, reminders, etc. It provides assistance on a variety of things ranging from traffic, hotel and flight information, transit, to car rentals and even event tickets.

Nokia Here:

A unique system which gives public transport info in about 700 cities across more than 50 nations. It covers different modes of transport like train, ferry, tram, bus, and even walking. Car drivers in over 94 countries get navigation using this, and many depend on it for real-time info on congestion, roadworks, and accidents. One area it could improve on is bicycling navigation which is missing here but is present in the case of Google Now.

Citroen Multicity

This Citroen multicity initiative has successfully integrated car sharing, railways, flights, hotels and various other tourism-related services. Although, it is fast improving, yet, at this moment it is only available in France and Germany at this moment. With more updates, it is expected that it will be made active in other parts of the world too.

The technologies as mentioned above and examples should act as a guide for many other innovators of the present and the future. This should aid the mobility stakeholders and decision makers while coming up with sustainable strategies that are capable of meeting the current as well as the future mobility challenges.

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