New solutions for managing mobility in cities
In the 21st century, for the first time in the history of humanity, more people will live in urban areas than in rural areas; the UN predicts that seven out of every ten people will be city dwellers by 2050. Consequently, the question arises as to whether these large cities will be able to structure citizens’ lives in an organized and sustainable way. According to experts, this change hinges on a technological transformation of our models of mobility.
Mark Saunders, Director of the Ferrovial Services Center of Excellence for Cities: “We are experiencing a major change in mobility right now: people are moving to cities and the problem is that the existing infrastructure isn’t able to handle so many people. We need new forms of mobility, new solutions that support mobility in cities.”
To achieve this, we need clean cities with good mobility. Among the initiatives in which Ferrovial Services is changing the mobility is ZITY carsharing service in Madrid, since one shared vehicle takes the place of between 7 and 10 private vehicles; the bikesharing service in Barcelona; the application of data analytics to urban services in Granada; or the maintenance of rail transport in Manchester, the largest light rail network in the United Kingdom. Moreover, mass transit will be the core mobility service, complemented by shared vehicles that can take us door to door, such as cars, motorcycles, bicycles or scooters.
Alfonso Díaz del Río, Senior Manager of Special Projects at Ferrovial Services Spain: “I see mobility as relying fundamentally on public transport, an autonomous public transport system that is electric, connected and interconnected, physically connected and digitally connected … it’ll be connected via the infrastructure. So I can get off the train and pick up a scooter, all covered digitally by a single ticket. Everything will be on-demand; that means that citizens will be able to make a choice when they need a means of transport, and make it happen.”
Algorithms will manage urban mobility
As with other ongoing developments, data processing (Big Data) will play a key role in urban mobility in the future. A good example of this technology is the WONDO urban mobility application that, by combining different means of transport, seeks comfort, efficiency and savings for citizens. All the services will be digitalized in a large platform that will provide us, in real time, with the most reliable routes, the ideal means of transport for our journey, and analysis of data to make the service more efficient.