Today, world leaders recognize the need for moving toward less congested, safer, greener, and more organized transportation solutions. Some countries are able to make a more significant effort than others, and here we’ve listed a couple of highlights without making it a pre-emptive list.
New York makes an exceptional effort to maximize the efficiency of its’ already well-developed public transportation system. The city heavily invests in building a connected infrastructure where adaptive signals, cameras, and sensors track a large percentage of intersections in the city. This connected infrastructure helps to monitor the traffic in real-time and enables higher safety on the roads. The benefits of the connected infrastructure don’t stop here because the collected data allows for analysis of results and investment in new technologies related to transportation and other services.
This city is heavily investing in electric vehicles, including electric car-sharing systems. Berlin’s focus on building a smart city also expands to adding sensors and tracking devices to road intersections. Data is collected and processed across the whole city to achieve an optimized and safe traffic flow with reduced traffic jams during peak times.
It is less known that Seoul is one of the first pioneers of smart urban mobility and that the city started building its intelligent transportation system over 15 years ago. Seoul was the first one to introduce 5G in its public transport system. It also created an extensive sensor and camera network that helps use big data and support a very efficient transportation solution. The massive systems can monitor the roads, signal when traffic jams are expected, and offer solutions in real-time to various roadside challenges.
By banning diesel cars in the city by 2025 and completely removing vehicles from parts of the city, Paris makes a strong and conscious effort to make a healthier, more liveable, and greener place to live for its residents. The introduction of bike lanes, double bike lanes, and electric micro-mobility fleets are gradually introduced to offer practical solutions for the transportation needs around the city.
Autonomous shuttles and hands-free transportation ticketing systems are just the tip of the iceberg regarding Singapore’s efforts to make the city car-lite and green. The city aims to build a transportation ecosystem that is supported by modern and effective regulations, offer help in monitoring traffic, reduce city congestion, and eliminate non-electric vehicles. Autonomous personal and public transport vehicles are promoted as a safer and more reliable transportation solution that reduces the need for parking space. Electric car-share fleets are promoting an on-demand solution with greater mobility, less congestion, and safer traffic.
These cities are great examples, and they show ta great examples of how to introduce adjustments and changes in urban mobility for a safer and healthier future.