Future of Urban and Autonomous Mobility

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This project brings together city and business leaders to accelerate the implementation of autonomous and shared-vehicle fleets to address urban mobility challenges. Key  2018 objectives include:

  • Develop a digital CityWeb tool, built on TopLink, to capture key mobility parameters of each city and offer city transportation leaders the opportunity to collaborate with their counterparts in business
  • Launch a pilot in a new city based on best practices learned from collaboration with Boston and build a prototype of a City Mobility Platform to demonstrate how multiple mobility providers, including fleets and private-owned autonomous vehicles, can operate in an urban setting
  • Conduct analysis and develop an Autonomous Vehicle Technology Radar platform that brings together key tech players in AV software, sensors (LIDAR, automotive radar) to integrate with project stakeholders
  • Build a New Mobility Coalition of key stakeholders to develop policy recommendations, create a comprehensive, positive vision for new mobility and advance policy solutions at the city, state and national levels

  • The Forum's program on autonomous vehicles will now be based at the Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco, though still part of Shaping the Future of Mobility System Initiative.


    As a logical consequence, the next phase will engage a city in a multi-year transportation plan to help incorporate autonomous technology and advise the city on a pilot for autonomous vehicles on city roads with consumers. The aim is to catalyze global momentum of the roll-out of self-driving vehicles and leveraging safety, environmental and economic benefits of a ground-breaking technology and business model transformation. 
    The city should be selected submitting a vision for autonomy and the potential commitment to execute a pilot on the ground. 

    Key objectives of the project are to:

    • Understand key challenges, transportation dynamics, planning process, involvement of citizens, customer segmentation, etc. in the selected city; 

    • Understand which operating model of self-driving vehicles will be most suitable for the selected city, both from a planner (city/national authority) and citizen perspective;

    • Develop a multi-year transportation plan incorporating a pilot on self-driving vehicles for a selected city; 

    • Leverage key learnings from the pilot from technological and business model point of view, consumer insights, business opportunities and share these with city and industry stakeholders;