Innovation in the transport sector is slow and incremental- restricted by costly infrastructure, little cooperation between different bits of the system and a risk-averse culture. Fundamental shifts in transport do not come easily, or quickly- but things could be changing...
Intelligent Mobility might be the shakeup the industry has needed for so long. It's a conscious change from transport as a series of separate journeys to an integrated, reactive, intelligent, mobility system driven in part by technology and a desire for personalised services. The city of Helsinki is even fundamentally changing its transport offer in response to these trends.
The potential benefits to transport, the environment and the economy are great- but what will Intelligent Mobility look like in practice, who will benefit and how innovative will it really be? Are we just trying to solve our 21st century transport problems using 19th and 20thcentury inventions will a little help from IT and remote sensing?
Our specialist panel, below, discussed the potentially disruptive effects of Intelligent Mobility on the transport sector:
Prof David Metz, Visiting Professor, Centre for Transport Studies, UCL
Sampo Hietanen; CEO, ITS Finland
Andrew Everett; Head of Strategy, Transport Systems Catapult
Jennie Martin; Secretary General, ITS UK
Ben Pritchard; Technical Manager- Technology and Innovation, Thales
Dr George Hazel OBE; Director, George Hazel Consultancy
This event was organised in partnership with the Transport Systems Catapult.