SteetLight Data and Boston Consulting Group are joining forces to help the public and private sectors navigate the transportation challenges and opportunities of the post-Covid-19 world.
StreetLight Data and Boston Consulting Group (BCG) are working together to help the public and private sectors better manage urban mobility in the post-Covid-19 world.
In one of their first joint projects, they have partnered to use advanced data analytics to study vehicle miles travelled (VMT) on US roadways to create a Trip Reduction Index to measure adherence to lockdown policies.
Research for the index began in March 20020 before states imposed stay-at-home orders to understand travel patterns and modal choices during the different stages of lockdown and reopening in each state, county, and metropolitan statistical area (MSA).
Key index findings include:
Since Easter Sunday, the index shows all US counties have seen a steady recovery of VMT, with the ones experiencing a lower drop in March also recovering more quickly since the low point. The counties that experienced a smaller drop in March also recovered more quickly from the low point.
“Covid-19 has dramatically increased the need for mobility data analysis to understand travel patterns and modal choices during the different stages of lockdown and reopening”
These numbers vary substantially by county, illustrating the importance of empirical VMT data to allow cities, departments of transportation, and private mobility providers to manage transportation system supplies in a way that responds to travel demand.
“Covid-19 has dramatically increased the need for mobility data analysis to understand travel patterns and modal choices during the different stages of lockdown and reopening,” said Augustin Wegscheider, a partner at BCG and leader of the firm’s Center for Mobility Innovation in North America.
Additionally, the Streetlight-BCG partnership will focus on helping cities prepare to adopt micromobility and autonomous vehicles using StreetLight’s big data resources to move beyond the limitations of traditional mobility measurement, inform strategy for the scale deployment of these new offerings, and design services around them.
“We’re excited about fusing our data with BCG’s vast strategic resources to solve the world’s biggest mobility problems”
“Sound mobility decisions begin with sound data. We’re excited about fusing our data with BCG’s vast strategic resources to solve the world’s biggest mobility problems, impacting everything from our daily commutes to our climate,” added Laura Schewel, co-founder and CEO of StreetLight Data.
Urban logistics, a key contributor to congestion in city centres, is another area of focus for the strategic partnership; BCG and StreetLight will work with municipalities, as well as logistics and transportation providers and their large customers, with the aim of optimising the flow of goods through dense urban areas.
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