According to McKinsey and Company, there are 15 smart mobility technologies that will have an impact through 2025. With these technologies, they predict that commuters can shave off up to 15-30 minutes of their commute times.
These relevant smart applications will reduce congestion and make traveling more efficient and enjoyable and enable riders to take control of their journey and the multitude of increasing quantity of choices. The technologies identified in the McKinsey and Company report, Smart Cities: Digital Solutions For A More Livable Future are:
- Real-time public transit information: With real-time public transit information riders can better plan their routes and when to leave their homes or offices which has the potential to greatly reduce wait times.
- Digital public transit payment: By integrating online ticket purchasing for all types of transport in one place, multi-modal public transport is hassle-free and seamless.
- Autonomous vehicles: Although not an immediate remedy for congestion, it has the potential to reduce car ownership and efficiency in traffic.
- Predictive maintenance of transportation infrastructure: A shift from reactive to proactive repairs will help prevent breakdowns and inefficiencies.
- Intelligent traffic signals: By coordinating traffic signals to be responsive to real needs, cities can optimize street level mobility for all travelers and cut down on traffic induced Co2 emissions.
- Congestion pricing: A successful example is Stockholm, Sweden, with its electronic road pricing scheme and also in London. New York City has become the first American city to approve congestion pricing.
- Demand-based micro transit: With micro transit options available, riders can travel to and from what would be less frequented areas of a city or suburban areas. This concept can be especially useful for special needs riders.
- Smart parking: These apps help to minimize the time that drivers dedicate to looking for parking spots which has to potential to greatly reduce car circulation time and parking induced congestion.
- E-hailing (private and pooled): Companies like Uber, Cabify and Lyft can help reduce car ownership and also relieve the stress associated with it such as parking and insurance payments.
- Car sharing: Car ownership amongst younger generations is decreasing. Car sharing reduces the financial burden of owning a car and also cuts back on the number of vehicles that spend most of the time parked on the street than in use.
- Bike sharing: Cheap and convenient bike sharing systems help to keep cars off the road and don’t pollute. Scooter sharing has also seen a sharp increase in deployment, which falls into the micro-mobility category.
- Integrated multimodal information: By knowing all your options, from Uber, electric scooters, the metro and everything in-between, you can optimize your routes and choose the options that best fits your needs and preferences.
- Real-time road navigation: With real-time navigation drivers will be directed to the least congested route in real-time, making it responsive to road accidents, road conditions, roadwork etc.
- Parcel load pooling: By coordinating available trucks with shipment needs, companies can ensure that delivery trucks or shipments are made at full capacity. Reducing wasted space and, in turn, pollution.
- Smart parcel lockers: Last mile delivery causes congestion and often results in double parking. Smart parcel lockers enable delivery drivers to deliver packages to one convenient place for all the recipients instead of door to door.
It’s important to keep in mind that in a sector such as smart mobility and smart cities, technology moves fast, but only as fast as the riders and citizens accept it. With each year we will see additions and modifications to existing technology within the mobility sphere which have the potential enable more efficient and fluid mobility.
Read the full report: Smart Cities: Digital Solutions For A More Livable Future