Urban mobility is currently one of the biggest challenges every country in the world is facing. The technological changes associated with mobility’s “second great inflection point” can help cities to address the major concerns of urban congestion, pollution, and loss of life.
Consumer trends are shifting steadily towards ridesharing, digital vehicle connectivity, autonomy, and electric mobility. In other words, the future automobile industry will be ACES – Autonomous, Connected, Electric, Shared. Through ACES vehicles, it becomes possible to envision a future of “seamless mobility”.
Private vehicles face an autonomous and electric future that can contribute majorly towards seamless mobility.
Urban mobility solutions are in dire demand across major global metropolises that are facing the threat of congestion. Cities like Seoul, New York, London, Los Angeles, and Shanghai need to develop strategies to tackle modern challenges like public transportation, e-commerce transport systems, and urban environmental cleanliness.
Autonomous vehicles can reduce the risk of injury and loss of human life through their continuously evolving artificial intelligence. Connected vehicles are capable of communicating with other entities in their vicinity to chalk out fast efficient routes without having to stop. This greatly help in clearing up congestion.
Electric vehicles can contribute towards a cleaner urban atmosphere. Zero emissions, zero mechanical noise, and almost no fuel or fluid leakages will result in cleaner urban areas. Finally, shared vehicles like public transport, autonomous or electric taxis, and last-mile shuttles are instrumental in liberating clogged parking and driving spaces around a city.
Greater reliability on shared mobility would help city authorities to make better use of areas that would previously be filled with parked vehicles. The current situation is far from ideal though since fully autonomous vehicles don’t yet exist in meaningful numbers, EVs make up a tiny percentage of global cars, and private vehicles clock more miles around the world than public transport systems like buses and trains combined.
UAE has already started implementing last-mile autonomous transport solutions with a view to curbing urban congestion adn pollution in its major cities.
Cities can promote the use of ACES vehicles by inducting them into government transport fleets, introducing incentives on private ownership of such cars, and encouraging the population to rely more on public transport. The last target can be achieved by making autonomous mobility a seamless and financially viable alternative.
If executed in the right manner, seamless mobility can capture as much as 25 per cent of miles driven, with private cars and shuttles could account for 30 per cent of passenger-kilometres by 2030. This is a far better scenario than the 35 percent share for private cars today.
Statistics: McKinsey & Company