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LA’s digital ‘playbook’ for mobility

New plan aims to set the city on a course to manage the streets of the future in 2028

Los Angeles' urban mobility strategy ensures it stays ahead of evolving technologies
Los Angeles' urban mobility strategy ensures it stays ahead of evolving technologies

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) has launched its Urban Mobility in a Digital Age Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP), and announced it intends to reposition itself as an ‘active partner’ agency in the arrival of autonomous vehicles and other evolving mobility technologies.


Guided by the city’s Urban Mobility in a Digital Age strategy, plans are focused on ‘unprecedented’ investment in new transportation choices and supporting technologies. This includes the development and deployment of actively managed electric, shared, and autonomous transportation options, including concepts such as dockless bike sharing and air taxis.


All new modes of transport are aimed at tackling congestion, enabling economic development, driving racial and socioeconomic equality, and saving lives.


The SIP is a set of products and services that according to LADOT are necessary to ensure that as autonomous fleets arrive in the sky and on the ground, they are first and foremost safe, and secondly will set the city on a course to manage the streets of the future in 2028.


“In the fast-changing transportation industry, it is absolutely vital for public agencies to keep user experience front-and-centre. The technology may change, but our commitment to moving people safely, reliably, and equitably does not,” said Mike Bonin, chair and council member, Los Angeles Transportation Committee.


“LADOT’s work builds a solid foundation for inviting technology providers to come to Los Angeles and serve our communities with new mobility options.”


To help it reposition, the agency has appointed Ellis & Associates, and its affiliated partners CITYFI, CCgroup and Lantern Consulting, as the LADOT product manager.


The product manager is tasked with overseeing all these efforts and identifying and creating new partnerships between LADOT and public, private, academic, and non-profit organisations.


LADOT said while it has built significant capability and knowledge in many key areas, it requires specific expertise to collaborate with product companies to design, deploy, and actively manage its Mobility 2.0 system.


Ellis & Associates has proven experience in the areas of product design, system design, product engineering, and its understanding of connected and autonomous vehicles as well as the wider ecosystem.


“Los Angeles is a centre for innovation and invention that is defining the future of transportation,” added mayor Eric Garcetti. “New technologies will enable us to build a transit network that serves each of our communities and strengthens our economy – and this plan will help steer our city toward greater mobility and prosperity for all Angelenos.”


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