We need a paradigm shift in urban mobility


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The future of urban mobility is undergoing a significant transformation, driven by technological advancements, changing consumer preferences, and the urgent need for sustainable transportation solutions. In this article I want to explore the various options and what will become a dominant force in shaping the future of transportation and its impact on urban mobility.

In any large fast growing city like Tauranga, urban mobility planning is equally exciting and daunting at the same time. A variety of organisations, ranging from technology companies, to vehicle manufacturers, to city leaders and planners, are currently in a race to find the best solutions that will transform the way we move around. Below are some solutions that could possibly solve some of the problems we are encountering.

As autonomous vehicle technology continues to evolve, Shared Autonomous Vehicles (SAVs) will revolutionise the transportation landscape. SAVs will provide on-demand transportation services without the need for a human driver. This transformative shift will enhance convenience, efficiency, and affordability, making vehicle sharing even more appealing to urban dwellers.

Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) platforms will offer a seamless experience for users to access various transportation modes, such as public transit, shared bikes, scooters and cars, and even air taxis. MaaS integration will provide a comprehensive solution for urban mobility, allowing individuals to plan, book, and pay for their entire transportation journey through a single platform.

Advanced technologies, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, will enable platforms to learn user preferences, predict travel patterns, and offer tailored recommendations. From vehicle type to interior ambiance, users will have the ability to customise their mobility experience.

With a growing emphasis on sustainability, future vehicle sharing will predominantly feature electric and low-emission vehicles. Providers will invest heavily in electric vehicle infrastructure, including fast-charging stations and vehicle-to-grid integration. By promoting the use of clean energy and reducing carbon emissions, electric vehicles will play a pivotal role in achieving sustainable urban transportation.

Peer-to-peer (P2P) car sharing will become more prevalent, allowing individuals to rent out their personal vehicles when not in use. P2P car sharing will unlock a vast pool of underutilised vehicles, promoting efficient resource allocation and reducing the overall number of cars on the road.

Car sharing will extend beyond traditional cars, embracing hyperlocal and micro-mobility solutions. This includes shared electric bikes, scooters, and even small electric pods designed for short-distance urban travel. These options will enhance accessibility and provide a diverse range of shared vehicles suited for specific use cases and distances.

With advancements in autonomous technology, integration with MaaS platforms, customisation options, sustainable fleets, and the emergence of peer-to-peer and micro-mobility solutions, shared mobility will transform the way people move in cities. By prioritising convenience, sustainability, and affordability, car sharing will play a central role in creating smarter, greener, and more livable cities of the future. As we embrace this transformative shift, the possibilities for reimagining urban mobility are endless.

I’m looking forward to delving deeper into this fascinating subject of sustainable transportation in the coming months and welcome any feedback or contributions you have to this topic.

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Steven Vincent
Steven Vincent
Steven Vincent is the founder of GoTo Car Share. He can be reached on steven@goto.nz

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