Cities boom! How much Mobility Tech benefits us

Electric cars, autonomous driving, vehicle sharing, pay-as-you-go… Sounds familiar? It is more and more frequent to heard these words on a daily-basis, since people are starting to witness the advantages the new wave of transportation technologies is offering.

However, it is more or less the first time that a number is given regarding the potential savings cities might achieve with integrated mobility systems, when it come to “pollution, safety and other transportation-related costs” (GreenBiz, 2017). McKinsey&Consultants are the authors, and their analysis estimates that, in 50 metropolitan areas around the world, the amount is worth up to $600 billion.

We know every city is unique, and the number could change from one place to another. However, in my opinion, having an approximate is pretty inviting. Inviting people, administrations, policy-makers and companies around the world to make a change encouraged for the quantifiable benefits. Of course, I think there is the need for always having in mind that the confluence of the three sustainability pillars (economic development, society well-being and environment protection) is the most important thing!

McKinsey’s analysis was performed in different scenarios, for how mobility might change in three types of cities regarding density, sprawl, and economic development. Then, they laid out quantifiable and qualitative opportunities and challenges along with recommendations to urban and city stakeholders.

Finally, they also pointed out fast-moving trends shaping urban-mobility around the world. I totally agree with them and I believe the rest of urban passengers are too. My top are:

  • Shared mobility: both ride-sharing and ride-hailing have grown rapidly over the past years, competing with public transit and private vehicle ownership.
  • Autonomous driving: people are excited to know that autonomous vehicles “should turn driving time into free time” and will also help improving road-safety.
  • Vehicle electrification: electric-vehicle sales are rising among alternative energy vehicles, helping reducing the amount of greenhouse gases emissions to the atmosphere, as well.
  • Connectivity and Internet of Things: helping trip planning, connectivity, and to guide autonomous vehicles.
  • Public transit: improvement of public-transit networks with more ecological fleets, flexibility, and accessibility.
  • Decentralisation of energy systems: acceleration of the electric vehicle with more renewable energy production, lowering of electricity prices at peak times, and freeing more capacity for charging.
  • Regulation: Tax breaks and incentives for electric vehicles and use of other sustainable transport could boost integrated mobility in many cities.

More road-safety, clean air, less congestion… Sounds good, does it? I am waiting for it. It’s hip to be green!

If you want to read more about the McKinsey analysis, here comes the link. Enjoy!

Cities boom! How much Mobility Tech benefits us

Learning about public transport with Harry Potter’s world

A few months ago I came across with this post: What Harry Potter Teaches Us About Integrated Transport.

It caught my attention because I am a fan of the Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling and I’m very interested in public transport and sustainable mobility initiatives. At that moment, I asked myself how these two issues could be linked and I was eager to read it.

harry potter transportThe article starts exposing to the reader the fastest way of magical of transportation that it is called apparition. It is basically having the user focus on a desired location in their mind, then disappear from their current location and instantly reappear at the desired location (like teleportation). So, then as the writer says very well: “Once you learn about this method of travel, every other transport mode seems superfluous. Why have a Platform 9 ¾ when you don’t need to wait for a train? Why fly broomsticks when using the Floo network (silver powder that allows people to travel between different fireplaces) is orders of magnitude faster? These questions are much like one that urban planners and city leaders get every day in the Muggle world: why build public transport when there are individual cars?”.

We clearly see that the wizards or muggles/people like us cannot solve the mobility with just one method of transport. As a result, there is the need to find a network of several methods of transport that promotes sustainability “that supports connectivity – think access to jobs, education, and leisure — for a diverse range of user needs, whether these users are witches, elves, or simply city residents”.

The rest of the article compares the magic transport with our modes. He talks about the comfort, safety and sense of community that these provide. I’ve to recognize that it is very interesting to see a broomstick like a bicycle, apparition like a motorcycle…green transpIt makes you think about the technology progresses and how we can promote sustainable mobility and safety. The article is worth a look and muggles will enjoy with the comparisons!



Learning about public transport with Harry Potter’s world