What more needs to be done?
To make Seamless Mobility a reality across the transport ecosystem, information needs to become reliable enough for people to have confidence in its accuracy, and for all modes of transport to be integrated online in a way that they are not at the moment.
Today, the quality of the data available is one of the biggest challenges hindering smart mobility innovation. Describing a city such as London in all its intricacies – for example, that a particular street is shut from 13:00-15:00pm for roadworks, where alternative parking is available and which buildings have wheelchair access – is a massively ambitious undertaking.
Even rich cities such as London are only now starting to install technology such as GPS locators on buses and other measures. To get to the situation where a whole city is connected digitally will take many years and lots of money, as well as committed, pro-active leadership from city governments. Stockholm, for example, has launched a procurement scheme for new smart traffic solutions. Instead of buying a specific product, they have advertised the problem, in the hope that private companies and organisations will come up with more innovative and creative solutions.
To make all of this possible, we need the megacities to invest in sharing their data. In time, the cities with the most “open” data will become the best places to live and work, because that data will power a wave a Seamless Mobility innovation and solutions for their inhabitants.