The changes taking place around us will radically change our ways of moving around. The car will still be there for many years, but along with other means of travel. We are entering an era of diversity and flexibility.

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Mobility in Smart Cities

What is a Smart City?

You will find different definitions of the concept, various Smart City indexes, and different rankings.
From a mobility perspective, a possible definition could be the following:
Thanks to data, infrastructures, connectivity and new technology, Smart Cities want to improve their residents’ quality of life (safety, security, air quality, health are examples) in a sustainable environment, offering efficient public transports, multi modal mobility and working closely with the private sector. Of course, regulations and policies are implemented in order to accommodate these changes. In France, the city of Lyon wants to exclude diesel car by 2026. In the UK, cities will ban ICE vehicles from 2030 and hybrid from 2035. All these decisions will have an impact on mobility modes in the city centers and city dwellers will have to change their habits.

Mon 07/12/20
science of cities

Towards a new science of cities

Data is a key component of Smart Cities; indeed data help cities to improve air quality, safety, security, sustainability and mobility amongst others.

Does the increasing diversity and volume of data available about urban systems open the possibility of  constructing a quantitative 'science of cities', with the aim of identifying and modelling essential phenomena?

That is the question we asked to Marc Barthelemy Research Director at the Institut de Physique Théorique (CEA-Saclay) and Associate member of the Centre d’Analyse et de Mathématique Sociales (EHESS, Paris), about the Science of Cities.

Fri 30/10/20
Cycling Boost

The cycling boost: a post lockdown trend or a permanent one?

During the crisis, visible positive environmental changes have been highlighted: decrease of greenhouse gas emissions, reduced congestion, and reduction of noise pollution among others.

However, this important crisis has also had an impact on city dwellers’ behaviors and expectations: people clearly expressed their wish for healthier lifestyles, one of them being an interest in active mobility and in particular cycling.
Public actors express this important interest in a more sustainable and greener future too, at different levels: European Commission, Governments and Municipalities.

Governments in the EU and in the UK combine economic stimuli with green policies. Beyond these economic stimuli, it is also a question of infrastructures to ensure dwellers safety.

Discover more in this article.

Wed 16/09/20
The 15 minute city

The 15 minute – city

Today, 58% of the world’s population live in urban areas, a proportion that is forecast to increase to 70 % by 2050. This situation generates a lot of challenges such as air quality concerns, congestion, hours lost in traffic (around 163 hours per driver in Paris in 2019), time that could be  spent doing other activities…. All these concerns are increasingly emphasized after the lockdown period. 
More sustainability, a greener environment in the cities are the strong targets that all urban ecosystem strive for. Public and private actors work together in this direction. In our recent video, we have explained that Mobility as a Service could be one of the solutions.
However, would it be a question of thinking the city not in term of city planning but in term of urban life planning?  That is what the concept of the “15 minute- city” is developing. 

What does it mean?

Mon 07/09/20
Mobility as a service: Why, How, Where?

Mobility as a Service: Why, How, Where?

Mobility-as-a-Service, known as “MaaS”, is the integration of various forms of transport services into a single on-demand service through the use of a single application with a single payment channel. The goal of MaaS is to connect multiple mobility modes into a seamless accessible system, driven by demand and data.

Mobility as a service: Why, How, Where?

Mon 24/08/20
Last mile logistics

The last mile logistics

“The last mile” is a term usually used to describe the final link in the supply chain – when an order makes its way from the distribution centre or a retail location to the end consumer.
Worldwide, city governments are battling against air quality concerns and traffic congestion by creating low emission zones, and implementing vehicle entry and parking restrictions.
Recent global trends, like low transport emissions and the e-commerce boom, have brought last mile logistics to the brink of disruption.

So what is this disruptive change that the last mile is facing?

Fri 10/07/20
The Last Mile

The Last Mile

We hope this publication will give you the key to understand what is driving the need fo last mile solutions, the challenges faced in our city centres, the evolution of our way of living and consuming and how it impacts the delivery organization.

Tue 16/06/20

The COVID-19 and impacts on OEMs

The coronavirus outbreak is first and foremost a human tragedy, affecting hundreds of thousands of people. It is also having a growing impact on the global economy. The COVID-19 pandemic will certainly lead to a world recession.

Among other industries, the global automotive industry will confront a challenging year with impacts on the mobility landscape. What can we already see on the market? What will be the impacts after this pandemic? What are the impacts on the vehicle manufacturers (OEMs)?

Mon 04/05/20