Many cities are trying to figure out how to design themselves to offer a more enjoyable experience for their residents and visitors. For this, cities have to think significantly about transport and mobility choices for everyone involved. It’s a complicated question, and many cities around the world are trying to figure out how to offer MaaS (Mobility as a Service) effectively and affordably.
Of course, private companies are ready to get in on the action. Mobility as a Service is expected to be quite a massive opportunity, with the MaaS sector expected to be worth $1.75 trillion by 2028. What steps can cities take to improve mobility and micro mobility now and in the future?
The Internet of Things, or IoT, might be known as a business “buzzword”. However, it will have an significant impact on smart cities and MaaS. There will need to be improved connectivity in these “smart cities”, and IoT will be the technology used to offer real-time information for travelers and commuters.
IoT will not only help close “information gaps” concerning future mobility, but also be used to reduce risk. IoT will collect data on congestion levels, parking spaces, EV charging points, and more. IoT startups will be integral to the success of the Mobility as a Service sector.
Electric vehicles also play an important role in the future mobility of cities. California is one of the largest states in the United States and has a plan to phase out all gas-powered car sales by 2035. Micro mobility startups will undoubtedly play a role, but electric vehicles are here to stay.
California might be progressive in this respect, but the electric vehicle’s rise simply cannot be denied or downplayed. The fact that Tesla is now the world’s largest automaker speaks to that trend. Electric cars will offer safer and cleaner mobility in cities all around the world.