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Mobility innovation outpacing policy, report finds

The paper recommends that cities should develop a code of conduct to which all mobility infrastructure and services operators adhere if they want to do business in the city.

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A lack of joined-up public policy could hamper the advancement of mobility trends which could support sustainability drives and create new value, according to a new whitepaper from Amey Investments, part of Amey plc.

 

The whitepaper, based on discussions at an industry roundtable, notes that policy is not keeping pace with the rapid progress in the technologies underpinning mobility.

 

The paper discusses mobility areas such as electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure, connected autonomous vehicles (CAVs), mobility-as-a-service (MaaS), electric vehicle technology and integrated transport systems.

 

It highlights “uncertainty” in the private sector about its role in investing in mobility as well as the risk of mobility technologies excluding people who are less affluent or technology-savvy.

 

The paper calls for a focus on the creation of a safe environment where innovators, including SMEs, can trial technologies.

 

The paper calls for a focus on the creation of a safe environment where innovators, including SMEs, can trial technologies. It also highlights the need for people with the right skills, knowledge and expertise.

 

Asif Ghafoor, managing director, Amey Investments, said: “We are at the cusp of a new era in public mobility infrastructure. The challenges ahead are daunting but the potential for good infrastructure to tackle the climate emergency, create social value and support technology-rich SMEs and social enterprises has never been greater. No one has all the answers, so the public and private sectors need to work together to solve the big challenges posed by 21st century mobility needs.”

 

Amey Investments calls for:

  • Clear public policy on mobility from central government but with local and city authorities allowed to shape their mobility strategies according to their own cities’ and towns’ needs
  • Clear revenue models for investors to be developed that also work for local authorities
  • Commitment by decision-makers that any technology-rich infrastructure must not exclude people from society based on their location, income, age or physical or mental abilities
  • Acknowledgement of the significant value that mobility data holds and therefore the need to protect it and make it available on a commercial basis only
  • Commitment in the private sector to attract and retain the people with the skills and ideas to maintain the mobility revolution.

The paper recommends that cities should develop a code of conduct to which all mobility infrastructure and services operators adhere if they want to do business in the city. This code would reflect the expectations of the city with regards to data sharing, KPIs around the quality of the service and infrastructure, and generally how the city expects the service to impact and interact positively with the city.

 

The paper recommends that cities should develop a code of conduct to which all mobility infrastructure and services operators adhere if they want to do business in the city.

 

Asif added: “The reward to us as individuals, to businesses, to people delivering public services and to all of society for getting a data and technology-driven mobility sector working well is immense. All of us want less congested towns and cities, clean, healthy air and more sustainable means of getting about. All this is within our grasp, yet we risk it all if action isn’t taken now to tackle head-on the pressing challenges faced.”

 

The whitepaper is part of a series of five papers to be published by Amey Investments over the coming months, focused on various areas of infrastructure.

 

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