A Field Guide to the Future of Mobility

World Economic Forum’s A Field Guide to the Future of Mobility is now available for download at http://www3.weforum.org/docs/IP/2016/MO/WEF_IP_AU_AFieldGuideFutureMobility2016.PDF.

This paper:

  • Is a set of general principles to improve urban mobility, developed based on the collective wisdom, research and experience of the group
  • Specifies selected concrete recommended deep dives with related best practices and resources
  • Is a call to further action and knowledge development in the area of urban mobility

General Motors and Lyft to create autonomous rideshare fleet

From Traffic Technology Today

General Motors (GM) and smartphone-based rideshare company, Lyft, have announced a long-term strategic alliance to create an integrated network of on-demand autonomous vehicles in the USA. GM will invest US$500m in Lyft to help the company continue the rapid growth of its successful ridesharing service, and the automaker will also hold a seat on the company’s board of directors.

Read the full story at http://www.traffictechnologytoday.com/news.php?NewsID=76271.


Germany gives green light to cycle Autobahns

From The Local

Welcome to Germany’s first bicycle Autobahn.

Fans hail the smooth new velo routes as the answer to urban traffic jams and air pollution, and a way to safely get nine-to-fivers outdoors.

As a glimpse of a greener urban transport future, Germany has just opened the first five-kilometre (three-mile) stretch of a bicycle highway that is set to span over 100 kilometres.

Read more at http://www.thelocal.de/20151229/germany-gives-green-light-to-bicycle-highways.



Carsharing is increasing diversity among electric vehicle users

By Susan Shaheen, Move Forward

In 2001, the California Air Resources Board added incentives to its Zero Emission Vehicle Program to include electric vehicles (EVs) within carsharing fleets, prompting many operators and manufacturers to add these vehicles to their systems. Now that the incentives are set to expire in 2018, researchers from the Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) [at the University of California, Berkeley] recently examined the impact of exposure to zero- and low-emission carsharing on user behavior and opinions.

California’s Zero Emission Vehicle Program has been critical to curbing the number of petroleum-dependent vehicles on California’s roads by setting standards for manufacturers to meet and incentivizing consumers to purchase electric vehicles (EVs). Further, the program has offered incentives for carsharing operators to include EVs and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHVs) in their fleets.

With the program’s expiration on the horizon in 2018, TSRC researchers partnered with carsharing operators and vehicle manufacturers to understand who was using EVs and PHVs in carsharing and how featuring these vehicle types in carsharing fleets affects carsharing user inclinations toward them.

Read the full article at https://www.move-forward.com/news/details/carsharing-is-increasing-diversity-among-electric-vehicle-users/.


European City Centers are Saying No to Cars

From Sustainable Mobility

Once again, the Nordic countries appear to be ahead of the game when it comes to sustainable mobility. The new coalition in charge of the Norwegian capital, Oslo, has just announced that it is to ban all cars from its city centre by 2019.

This measure should cut the city’s greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2020 compared to 1990 levels. To reinforce this project, the city of Oslo has set out a massive investment plan aimed at developing public transport and creating almost 40 miles of new cycle lanes.

Denmark is not getting left behind either, since Copenhagen has launched an ambitious cycling development plan. By the end of 2015, the Danish capital hopes that at least 50% of its inhabitants’ commuter journeys will be made by bike.

Read the full story at http://www.sustainable-mobility.org/innovating-for-tomorrow/sustainable-cities/european-city-centres-are-saying-no-to-cars.html.


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