Leasedrive white paper addresses “The Future of Urban Mobility”
The 18-page white paper sets out the background and looks at the urban mobility challenges that lie ahead including the emergence of new mega cities, the development of urban areas, the absolute need for integration, the role of personal mobility and the contribution of IT.
It considers the transport and urban planning lessons to be learned outside Europe, within Continental Europe and within the UK. Selected current vehicle manufacturer initiatives are highlighted, together with those being worked on for the future. New transport concepts are also highlighted.
Leasedrive’s commercial director, Roddy Graham, said: ‘As a thought leader within the fleet industry, we consider it vital to consider the future of urban mobility, hence the publication of this white paper. While we have taken a broad approach to the whole challenge we face, we have not ignored recent technological advances. Technology has a key role in changing not just what we drive, but the way we drive, and how and when we use our vehicles. The truly “connected car” is now upon us, with real-time information allowing us to plan and execute our journeys more safely, efficiently and effectively. And current tests are pointing the way to a future of self-driving, autonomous vehicles negotiating us through urban centres.
‘However, without doubt, urban mobility is one of the greatest challenges society faces and we must meet this challenge head-on by modifying our values, our behaviours and our lifestyles for the good of society as a whole. If that means renting rather than buying, cycling rather than driving, more rail networks and less road networks, mega city hubs with satellite “village” hubs, less “real” world and more “virtual” world, reduced travelling and more self-containment so be it. One thing’s for sure, the way we lead our lives in 50 years’ time will be light years from how we conduct ourselves today. Just look at the pace of change today.’
Free copies of the complete white paper are available to download at http://www.leasedrive.com/pages/whitepaper-future-urban-mobility.aspx