The index by the Oliver Wyman Forum ranks 30 cities on how prepared they are to incorporate the latest mobility technologies and what they are doing to reshape urban mobility.
Singapore is ranked top in the inaugural Urban Mobility Readiness Index: How Cities Rank on Mobility Ecosystem Development, followed by Amsterdam, London, Shanghai and New York.
The index, launched by the Oliver Wyman Forum, seeks to bring together leaders in business, public policy, social enterprise and academia to help solve the world’s toughest problems. It ranks 30 cities on how prepared they are to incorporate the latest mobility technologies and what they are doing to reshape urban mobility.
The research, which was conducted with the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California Berkeley, analyses existing public and private mobility networks, current regulation, policy and infrastructure, a city’s livability and its capacity to absorb future technologies.
As well as ranking the various cities, the research also provides best practices and strategies that could allow cities to transform urban mobility from a challenge into a competitive economic advantage.
“Cities destined to become tomorrow’s mobility leaders are forward-thinking and user-centric,” said Guillaume Thibault, an Oliver Wyman partner and one of the creators of the new index. “They take a data-driven approach and work with the private sector to find solutions.”
“Municipal governments see the need to become increasingly proactive and agile in the evolving mobility landscape.”
There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to urban mobility because no two cities are starting from the same point. For example, cities around the world operate at vastly different stages of development when it comes to mobility. In Los Angeles, 89 per cent of travel involves a car, while in Hong Kong only seven per cent does. In Amsterdam, 60 per cent of people get around by cycling or walking; in Mexico City, 70 per cent take mass transit.
The report concludes that key to success for cities is a focus on the development of mobility ecosystems that provide a holistic framework to incorporate advanced technologies and create seamless, multi-modal networks. Another pivotal element for cities is working closely with academic and private sector mobility research efforts and testing the latest technologies.
Singapore is ranked number one in the index because it recognises the importance of building ecosystems, private sector and research partnerships, and infrastructure investment. It has been a pioneer in reducing traffic congestion through various initiatives and has adopted an aggressive approach to integrating cutting-edge technology with progressive transportation policies. The region is leading the way in the latest mobility tools, platforms and services, as well as autonomous driving and real-time, digitised traffic management.
While most of the top 10 represent sprawling metropolitan areas, Amsterdam stands in stark contrast because of its relatively compact size and population. Like many other top-scoring cities, it is known for its robust infrastructure, extensive public transportation system, and efforts to downplay the automobile as a transport mode.
In recent years, Amsterdam has adopted policies to foster electric and autonomous vehicles, increase the number of charging stations, and encourage alternate modes of transportation, particularly bicycles. The city has attracted considerable private investment which is helping it with a large-scale smart city initiative as well as the development of a domestic mobility industry.
Among the additional key findings are:
“Cities who embrace technology and have proactive regulation will become leaders in the mobility revolution.”
“Municipal governments see the need to become increasingly proactive and agile in the evolving mobility landscape,” said Professor Alexandre Bayen, director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
“Cities see the benefits of re-focusing on the basics of public transportation and infrastructure development in order to lead in the next generation of mobility. Cities who embrace technology and have proactive regulation will become leaders in the mobility revolution.”
The index was launched at the inaugural Global Mobility Executive Forum event in Paris.
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