Is digitisation transforming mobility?
A particularly important part of city life for its inhabitants is mobility. Those who live and work in modern cities spend significant amounts of their time travelling from one place to another and so the impact that digitisation can have on their mobility and the speed and ease with which they get from A to B is a topic of interest to many.
Cities around the world whether smart or not, have made investments in their transportation infrastructures to ease congestion, reduce pollution and improve public transport and many more are planned. This article talks about how digitisation of parking alone could save drivers 20 minutes each day and reduce urban congestion by 30%.
There are few cities however, who have truly embraced the digitisation of their transport systems and once again, Singapore shines out as an example of what has already been achieved and how far they are reaching with their vision. So does the smart district of Kalasatama in Helsinki which aims to save residents an hour a day to spend on hobbies by using smart technologies, particularly in transportation and where driverless vehicles are already a reality.
The apps that are the interface of these systems focus on getting an individual to where they want to be, putting the traveller at the centre of the service rather than running a transport system along pre-determined routes, at predetermined times. One smart transport app company has recently taken the revolution into its own hands in London by starting up a new smartbus service which runs routes where people need them.
Maybe one day in the not-too-distant future, the old phrase about buses will be redundant – you won’t need to wait long for one and you won’t see three arriving at once.