By Francois-Joseph Van Audenhove, Open Access, Jun 11, 2018
“A lot of mature cities do not yet have clear visions of what their mobility systems should look like in the future and coherent strategies for getting there. In order to address future mobility challenges, cities and mobility solutions providers must adopt more comprehensive, coordinated and proactive approaches to manage mobility supply and demand. The mobility systems of tomorrow should be intermodal, personalized, convenient and connected, and encourage the use of more sustainable modes of transport (public transport, cycling, walking), while integrating new mobility solutions, such as autonomous vehicles (AVs). Convergence through digitalization constitutes a major opportunity to reinvent mobility systems as they gradually evolve to embrace “mobility-as-a-service”, evolving from the ownership of individual transport modes towards usage of multiple mobility modes as services.
The solution for the future is an interconnected, multi modal mobility system with increased convenience and efficiency, tailored to the city’s growth project and balancing economic development and well-being. Transport authorities should address four key dimensions as they seek to rethink their sustainable mobility policies at the levels of cities and nations: a visionary strategy, mobility supply management, mobility demand management, and funding.”