Smart City: synergies between mobility and new technologies?

January 14, 2020

Mobility is characterised by all the means aimed at improving the movement of people. New companies such as Uber have shown us how new technologies can fundamentally change the way we relate to travel. Not only have we changed the way we travel, we have also rethought our patterns of ownership. In large cities, owning a car is becoming less and less of a priority. 

In this article, we will look at different examples of where new technologies have contributed to the evolution of mobility.  

Driver applications

One of the best known revolutions is driver applications. One of the reasons for this success is the financial drain of owning a vehicle. Between maintenance, fuel costs, repairs and parking, owning your own vehicle tends to become a luxury in big cities. At the same time, passenger and driver matching applications make it possible to book a car trip from any place at any time without the inconvenience of owning a vehicle.

The future success of MaaS

MaaS, or Mobility as a Service, is a new way of understanding mobility. It involves the use of mobile apps to offer individuals precise itineraries while offering different means of travel during the same journey. 

Where traditional applications of self-service vehicles, drivers or scooters make it possible to choose a single mode of travel, MaaS will enable everyone to know the exact duration of their journey, to have end-to-end pricing and to have access to different means of transportation. 

For example, users can start their journey on an electric scooter, continue it in the metro, and finally finish it on a self-service electric scooter. It would therefore seem that MaaS is on the way to becoming one of the key symbols of this synergy between new technologies and mobility. 

Self-service vehicles

Whether it's for renting a bike, car or scooter for a short period of time, self-service vehicles are one of the characteristic elements of tomorrow's mobility. They accompany this new trend to give less and less priority to buying one's own vehicle. There is also this desire to use "greener" energy, in particular by abandoning combustion engines. These vehicles are rented via applications. These are also new technologies that allow mobility to continue to evolve in order to build the city of tomorrow. 


Intelligent parking lots

Lack of parking spaces is one of the problems drivers face. The more time a vehicle spends looking for a space, the more greenhouse gases it emits. So the day when it is possible for each vehicle to find a space immediately  at its destination, this will considerably reduce the carbon footprint of all these vehicles. 

For example, BePark allows parking lot owners or managers to rent their parking spaces to companies so that their employees can park close to their workplace. The Value offer thus enables all parking owners to enhance the value of their real estate assets. Another offer proposed by BePark is the Spaces solution, which allows any company to find parking spaces according to their needs. These offers are accompanied by software solutions and automated parking access systems. 

To better understand how smart mobility initiatives are part of a broader portfolio of smart city initiatives, download the guide below!

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