The future of mobility is about software. The following graphic helps to demonstrate this.
A fully driverless future is still some years away. In the meantime, sustainable transportation models need to encouraged and facilitated by governments. MaaS (Mobility as a Service) described in the last newsletter is a step in the right direction. The Institute encourages this form of mobility and recommends the electrification of transportation wherever it makes sense.
Catherine Kargas facilitated the first ever MaaS Summit that was held Helsinki, organized by the Government of Finland, on November 10th 2015. The Institute congratulates Finnish Transport and Communications Minister Berner and her government on their sustainable mobility vision and the political will to make it happen.
Several articles have been written about the prospect of fully automated vehicles increasing vehicle kilometres travelled. To ensure that driverless vehicle technology contributes to a more sustainable mobility ecosystem, it is essential for governments to get involved and set the parameters within which mobility suppliers will be able to function as seamlessly as possible. The use of existing and future transit infrastructure (metros and trains) should be optimized as these are often the most efficient modes. Regulations should ensure that cooperation occurs between various modes and become fully integrated. Common payment platforms are but one way to achieve this goal. Where possible, active mobility should be encouraged.