Mobility is a hard thing, not just the actual transportation from A to B, but the planing of infrastructure and hard work needed to enable the transportation to start with. To day the transportation system can be divided into to categories, public mass transportation like Planes, train, tubes, trams, boats, buses and taxi. On the other hand we have personal vehicles like Cars and bikes, sometimes even just your own feet. Common for all of this method of transportation is that it’s assumption based and the government have regulated it to some extent and created a system to improve or maintain it (with more or less success).
One of the major issues here is that the method and infrastructure is already set, developed and built along time ago. The solutions are often continued regardless if it’s the most sustainable or efficient solution. based on historical events this is the best way of constructing and developing mobility infrastructure.
with the industry 4.0 or smart city methodology this is no longer the case, we do not need to assume anything we have actual data on how to build the best solution. We can see cross vertical synergies and calculate the impact on other areas. We know that the cost of local air pollution to the health system is high, we know the cost of road construction, energy, conjugations and delay off employees. Already commuter trains are packed, and the buss is going with a lot of free seats. Everything is based on a periodic system based on some assumptions and empirical data. out of this we create models that shall predict the future of transportation and it’s outlook. But nobody (governments) is willing to see how could it be if we change to modern technology. In some cases we can see some changes if you change to a more sustainable fuel or what happens if you built an extra track of railroad. What I’m missing is the understanding of the distribution of transportation model today, that very few might own their own car, that the need for fuel stations gets reduced if everyone could charger their car at home and work. If the car drives it self why shouldn’t it be rented out as a autonomous taxi while you are at work.
The possibility with real time information in mobility is so big, but so few are willing to do a jump. I was in Helsinki at Slush and heard of the plan of implementing MaaS (Mobility as a service), Whim were delivering a service were you could by mobility: you could buy x amount of km transported, were buss had one price and tram another. each subscription included a different parts and if you used less you could take a premium vehicle out for a road trip that weekend.