Transport and Future Cities
According to a recent report by consultants Arthur D Little, "Existing mobility systems are close to breakdown. By 2050, the average time an urban dweller spends in traffic jams will be 106 hours per year, three times more than today." Clearly, something needs to be done to change the way that we travel and transport our goods. The report states that "the management of urban mobility operates globally in an environment that is hostile to innovation. Our urban management systems are overregulated, they do not allow market players to compete and they do not establish business models that bring demand and supply into a natural balance."
If you're interested in urban mobility of the future, you may wish to get involved here at grass roots level.
Consulting with industry
The Future Cities Special Interest Group has been set up by the Technology Strategy Board to explore the challenges and opportunities around shaping the urban environment for future generations in cities. They have been consulting widely with key stakeholders about the key challenges and opportunities for Future Cities.
On the 18th April, the Future Cities SIG will be running a workshop to map those priority themes against industry challenges and opportunities and align the work done to date with the challenges of industry.