How we live, work, move and experience the world around us is rapidly changing. Working as part of the Global Future Cities Programme (GFCP) we've explored cutting-edge global mobility trends to see how smart cities could transform daily travel for millions of city dwellers.
In 2015, the UK Government established the Prosperity Fund to help promote economic growth in developing countries. As part of this, the Global Future Cities Programme (GFCP) provides technical assistance for a number of targeted interventions that encourage sustainable development and increase prosperity, while alleviating high levels of urban poverty.
Building on our existing work on what technological innovation means for cities globally, we worked closely with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) in South Africa and the City of Johannesburg to provide insights about how technology can improve urban mobility in both developed and developing world cities. Our report explores the future of mobility alongside emerging technology classified as part of the “fourth industrial revolution” (4IR).
4IR is defined as a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. Typical examples include Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT).
We identified five key 4IR trends shaping mobility today, with a focus on how emerging technology is shaping the business-as-usual of passenger transport, freight and other forms of mobility.
“The onus is now on cities’ governing bodies, and their partners, to embrace the tech-driven transformation we are witnessing and to implement technologies that will enhance service delivery for all users, and push the boundaries on what a safe, clean, and agile mobility system can achieve.”
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