Human mobility has made substantial advancements in the past ten years worldwide. Countries like France, Korea, China, and Germany are just some of the pioneers making conscious and active steps towards establishing smart cities and promoting a healthier lifestyle. By bringing in micro-mobility vehicles, more remote areas are connected to big cities and commute to a final destination or even just to the closest transportation hub became accessible to many who could not afford it before. Through ride-share services, people can share their commutes, and by doing that, harmful gas emissions are reduced, traffic is regulated, and congestions are reduced.
In the future, we should eliminate gas-fuelled vehicles, reduce car ownership altogether and introduce micro-mobility vehicles everywhere. While the goal and the direction are apparent, how we as humanity will get there is less so. While some local governments take actionable and dedicated steps towards a more mobile and greener future, other countries are not ready to take this step, or simply they just move slower. While local and international governments cannot work together in unison, micro-mobility is slower.
Why freights and goods mobility is different?
Freight and goods transport exist because goods available at one geographical location are in demand at different parts of a country or the world. Delivering goods across multiple locations requires a strong supporting network. The stakeholders of these networks are freight transport operators, receivers, local governments, national governments, shippers, infrastructure providers, and end-consumers who are paying for the goods and services.
Freights and goods transportation
The logistic chain of freight transportation often requires concrete parameters such as temperature control, security, freight-tracking, dedicated transportation mode due to size, weight, fragility, etc. Shipping companies are mostly owned by private sectors, and these heavily invest in infrastructure and logistics system support to enable higher efficiency, cost-effectiveness, speed, and reliability. By building more efficient distribution centers, rail terminals, investing in modern mobility equipment helps plan, track, and operate vehicles at lower cost and higher reliability.
These privately-owned companies need to adhere to local and international regulations; however, they can make decisions and adjustments easier than local and international government agencies as far as they are ready to invest in technology. It is in their best interest and is a common goal to deliver goods as cheaply, safely, and efficiently as possible. Fort this reason, the heavy investment in the mobility of freight and goods transportation is developing faster than human transportation.