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How Will Urban Mobility Change In The Post-Covid City

By Joe Appleton on Aug 11, 2020 10:30:00 AM

The Covid-19 pandemic has made a tremendous impact on people’s everyday lives. Changes to our regular routines have been coming in thick and fast, from mask-wearing protocol to social distancing etiquette. Of all these changes, how we move around and get from A to B has seen some of the most drastic changes.

Over the past few months, mobility has rapidly evolved into an entirely new beast. Faithful and reliable transport methods are being shunned in favor of new systems. Citizens are avoiding crowded trains and buses in favor of bicycles and e-scooters. As cities evolve to phase out car usage, improving air quality and the health of citizens, the Covid-19 pandemic has provided a unique opportunity to overhaul urban mobility. But will these changes be here for good?

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Smart City Smart Cities Intelligent Mobility Urban Mobility Traffic Management Mobility Solutions e-Scooter Bike-Sharing Walkable
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CityTech RUHR: The Bochum & Hagen Challenges

By Thomas Mueller on Apr 9, 2020 5:04:30 PM

With Germany's largest international smart city startup challenge, the Ruhr Metropolis - City of Cities - is calling start-ups from across the globe to apply and solve the real-world challenges of four cities: Bochum, Bottrop, Hagen and Gelsenkirchen through a paid pilot. The application deadline has been extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic until May 3, 2020.

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Smart Mobility Smart City Startup Smart City Challenge Building Information Modelling Urban Mobility Sustainable Urban Mobility CityTech Ruhr Startup Challenge Ruhr Metropolis Hagen Bochum Building Permit City of Cities Building Applications Call for Better Cities
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Mobility as a Service: A Blueprint for Disruption?

By Jon Glasco on Jan 27, 2020 10:30:00 AM

In less than a decade, the concept known as mobility as a service (MaaS) has captured the imagination of visionaries and innovators throughout the global transport industry. As an opportunity with potential to transform the industry and reduce dependence on car ownership, MaaS evolved from an intriguing concept to early-stage reality (at least in terms of trials, pilot projects and embryonic services).

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Smart Mobility Intelligent Mobility Urban Mobility MaaS Mobility as a Service Mobility Revolution MaaS Global Beamrz Beeline HERE Mobility Masabi Mibilleo Moovel / REACH NOW Sked Go / Trip Go Uber BMW-Daimler Grab Taxi Lyft Moovit Ubigo Yandex Taxi
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E-Scooters: A Collision Between Innovation And Controversy

By Jon Glasco on Jan 12, 2020 1:04:30 PM

In their eagerness to create breakthrough technologies and disruptive platforms, innovators sometimes collide with an established (and perhaps ill-suited) regulatory and policy-making process. In a previous article on e-scooters, we reported that a strategy of "permissionless innovation" enabled app-activated e-scooter startups to gain a precarious foothold in urban mobility markets. However, these startups soon discovered that safety and regulatory issues - including the lack of regulations in most situations - led to controversial relations with cities and citizens. In this article, we cover recent experiences, lessons learned and thoughts on the need for collaborative solutions. For an overview of the e-scooter market and its dynamics, read our article E-Scooters: A Passing Fad or Smart Mobility?

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Smart Mobility Last-Mile Intelligent Mobility Urban Mobility Mobility Future Mobility Sustainable Urban Mobility Sustainable Urban Development Mobility Solutions Micromobility Sustainable Transport e-Scooter Mobility Revolution e-Scooter Sharing Electric Scooters e-Mobility Green Mobility Emission-Free CO2 Reduction Kick Scooter First Mile Scooter-Sharing Mobility Innovation Shared Electric Scooter
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E-Scooters: A Passing Fad or Smart Mobility?

By Jon Glasco on Jan 3, 2020 12:29:28 AM

Electric scooters appeal to those who want to move quickly and easily through urban streets at low cost while avoiding congestion and solving first mile / last mile mobility problems. However, menacing clouds - in the form of safety, regulatory and business model issues - linger above the nascent e-scooter sharing market, raising questions about its future. A key question is whether cities can find ways for this new micro-mobility service to add value to sustainable urban mobility. In this article, we explore the e-scooter market and competitive dynamics and offer a perspective on smart city challenges. To learn about the lessons learned from the city perspective regarding the introduction of e-scooter sharing, please read our article E-Scooters: A Collision Between Innovation And Controversy.

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Smart Mobility Urban Mobility Sustainable Urban Mobility e-Scooter e-Scooter Sharing Micro-Mobility Electric Scooters e-Mobility Green Mobility Emission-Free CO2 Reduction Kick Scooter Lyft Tier Bird Spin Circ Scooter Lime Voi Telepod Free Now
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Cities in Motion: The Unintended Consequences of New Technology

By Mike Barlow and Cornelia Levy-Bencheton on Apr 8, 2019 3:57:22 PM

If the science fiction writers of the 1950s had been right, most of us today would travel around in flying cars and pneumatic trains. We would commute to work on high-speed moving sidewalks and zip across town in horizontal elevators. For short hops, we would wear personal jet packs or anti-gravity belts. Well, here we are in the early 21st century and we’re still waiting for buses, stuck in traffic jams and trying to walk across busy streets without being hit by a cab. Transportation has changed, but not in the ways predicted by science fiction. Many of the most important changes have been invisible.

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Smart Mobility Technology Singapore Smart City Technology Urban Mobility Transportation New York City Congestion Smart City Projects London Texas Cities in Motion Ride-Sharing Coordinated Adaptive Traffic System Split Cycle Offset Optimisation Technique Mobility Revolution Transportation Projects Milan Congestion Pricing Stockholm
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Smart Mobility: Challenges and Solutions in Smart Cities

By Jon Glasco on Feb 1, 2019 12:09:48 AM

Urban mobility is described as the lifeblood of modern cities, a critical economic factor, and a facilitator of smart, sustainable development. Planning a smart city that delivers effective and equitable urban mobility solutions is one of the most pressing problems for cities throughout the world. In this article — the first in a planned series — we provide a perspective on urban mobility challenges and examples of smart urban mobility solutions.

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Smart City Solutions Smart Mobility Smart Parking Intelligent Mobility Urban Mobility Traffic Management Public Transport Mobility Solutions Moovel TimesUpp Parquery eCooltra PSIRoads Mobility as a Service Micromobility Traffic Congestion Transport Poverty Reduction
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The Long Road to Urban Mobility Safety

By Jon Glasco on Aug 21, 2018 10:46:45 AM

The world of urban mobility is changing fast, and cities are grappling with the impact on safety. Growth in urban populations, combined with more cars, trucks and public transport vehicles (e.g. increasing last mile delivery) sharing crowded streets with vulnerable road users (pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists), makes the task of providing safe mobility a complex challenge. The task is further complicated by unsafe driving behavior, demand for multimode transport options, the need for bicycle-friendly streets and the uncertain future of autonomous vehicles.

Road fatalities are increasing in many cities and comprised 37 percent of European road fatalities in 2017. Taking steps to improve the safety of urban mobility fosters quality of life and yields opportunities to deliver transport sustainability. This article provides a perspective on policies and innovation regarding urban mobility safety solutions for smart cities.

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Smart Mobility Smart Lighting Internet of Things (IoT) Intelligent Mobility Safety Transport Options Pedestrian Safety Mobility Data Safety Solutions Urban Mobility Mobility Autonomous Vehicles Bicycle-Friendly Safe Mobility Road Safety Intersections
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