Future of Urban and Autonomous Mobility

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This project brings together government and business leaders to accelerate the implementation of autonomous and shared-vehicle fleets to address urban mobility challenges, identify gaps in current governance structures and pilot new policy frameworks and protocols. In 2018, the project create impact by:

  • Developing a partnership with an additional city (or cities) and leveraging learnings from the Boston pilot

  • Launching the New Mobility Coalition, a group of business and NGO leaders who will develop a shared vision and policy recommendations for new mobility (emphasizing transitions to autonomous, electric and shared vehicle fleets) 

  • Scoping new workstreams and identifying key governance gaps related to autonomous vehicles; possible focus areas include: 

    • Electrification of autonomous fleets 

    • Insurance and liability for autonomous vehicles

    • Data governance and interoperable infrastructure

    • Workforce impacts of autonomous driving

    • Shaping urban mobility choices

Autonomous and Urban Mobility is now 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;