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Joint action: the third Sustainability Challenge

By 11th December 2018 No Comments

By: Daniela Navas

The future of mobility seems bright and sustainable. However, there are some challenges that need to be considered in order to make that vision of the future a reality.

As we have stated before, there are three important challenges when it comes to imagining mobility in the sustainable cities of the future: population growth, promoting car sharing and of course, the joint action between the actors of the industry.

The most popular mobility trends such as self-driving cars and ridesharing were born in corporate initiatives. It seems that they are the only ones designing the cities of tomorrow, but the public sector has a major role in the building of that promising future. Nevertheless, the evolving mobility ecosystem brings with it complex public policy consequences.

The role of the government is key on the envisioning of the future. Governments should incentivise innovation in the industry, ensuring safety and security are the core of it all. However, this role should not discourage innovation through major regulations. It is necessary to create a mobility ecosystem that offers customers a countless amount of choices to seamlessly travel across cities.

Getting all players to sit on the same table is completely necessary in order to succeed. The public and private sectors must work together as mutual regulators. It is important for them to understand each other’s necessities and allow innovation without sacrificing safety.

Moreover, the government must re-examine traditional ways of doing business, so it can help create a transportation system that better serves all citizens. Pretending that the new mobility trends must operate into the same regulations that traditional ones is irrational. The nature of these innovative transportation methods is different, and so should be their regulations.

Public sector leaders at national, regional, and local levels must figure out how to navigate the future of mobility. The most important thing is to plan ahead in order to avoid quick reactions to unfolding events.  Planning will allow proactivity and innovation that will help shape the future of mobility in ways that achieve broader transport system goals.

According to Deloitte, there are four key roles of government in the future of mobility: Strategist, operator, convener and catalyst and regulator. As a strategist, it should shape the principles that will define what a city, region, or nation wants its transportation system to look like and it must anticipate how changes to the mobility ecosystem might shift revenue sources. As an operator, it should deliver an increasingly integrated transport system, integrating fares and creating mobility hubs. As a convener and catalyst it should bring all the actors together to debate transport system challenges and opportunities, review strategies, and provide feedback on different areas. As a regulator, as we have stated before, government has the responsibility of ensuring safety on board, without drowning innovation into traditional market regulations.

If we want smart and sustainable cities in the future, we must all sit on the same table. Are you ready to join the construction of our new cities?

 

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