by Future Transport-News
19 Jan 2023
Welcome to the second of weDRT’s Scenario Series. For each edition, we will analyse one case study for the implementation of Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) in that area.
Welcome to the second of weDRT’s Scenario Series. For each edition, we will analyse one case study for the implementation of Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) in that area. These may be real-life or fictional locations. Based on our experience in launching and scaling DRT, we will provide a hypothetical solution to the local challenges for public transport in the chosen area. We hope you enjoy this series of content, and that it prompts discussion and opinions in the comments. Please get in touch if you would like any further information about any of the scenarios we analyse.
Wakanda, the fictional African nation at the heart of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, is a dazzling, technological utopia chock-full of science fiction gadgets and gizmos.
The city is a transit buff’s dream come true, with an array of cool planes, trains, and cars — and just a dash of reality to ensure these futurist dreams maintain some believability.
The city uses a multidimensional transit system that helps distribute traffic vertically, not just horizontally, thereby alleviating congestion and increasing overall efficiency. Wakanda illustrates the benefits of this approach and can help us visualise why investment in subterranean transit and drone taxi programs, like those being explored by Uber Elevate and Dubai, is worthwhile.
While this multidimensional approach is far from reality there are some things we can do to recreate a similar outcome that alleviates congestion and improves the efficiency of public transport and road-based mobility.
If we were given a blank canvas to plan a city’s transport we wouldn’t expect the majority of people to invest in a massive asset that depreciates as soon as you bring it out of the shop. We wouldn’t plan a city’s transport network around carrying a big lump of metal with us taking up a lot of road space and requiring a big parking infrastructure.
If given the opportunity to start from scratch and plan a mobility infrastructure we would focus on maximising travel efficiency, reducing the amount of vehicles on the road and improving the connectivity between peri-rural areas and cities.
Transport is currently responsible for a quarter of CO2 emissions. To combat this, a global shift to public transport, walking and cycling is needed, reducing car use alongside a transition to zero-emission vehicles. The proportion of public transport journeys in the world’s cities must double in this decade to bring global emissions down, in line with keeping the temperature rise to 1.5°C.
That is why we have to plan our cities like sci-fi movie writers, we need to think outside the box and assume people either can’t or don’t want to drive everywhere. Improving a city’s transport network has numerous benefits from reducing living costs to improving access to skilled labour and overall making the city more sustainable. Transport is also multi-modal; people get around in many different ways. Cars still dominate for UK commuters, but cities bring together different modes of transport that need to seamlessly connect with one another.
Shifting a city’s dominant transport mode from private cars to mass transit can prevent sprawl and promote liveable density, affecting land values and carbon footprints for decades to come. Being able to move efficiently and affordably enables equity and upward mobility by creating access to jobs and education. Switching to electric transport can enhance energy independence by reducing reliance on imported fossil fuels.
The electrification of vehicles is a key component to a greener commute and a sustainable future; however, this needs to happen in tandem with a modal shift to mass transit.
What insights can we take from Wakanda?
This article was originally published by WeDRT.
Aurora highlights the types of processes used to manage the safety risks of vehicle operations during development of its autonomous solutions.
Mayor of New York City, Eric Adams has announced that ride-hailing vehicles will be required to be zero-emission at tailpipe by 2030.
81 million GBP in joint government and industry funding has been awarded to 7 projects that aim to develop self-driving transport technology.
The Padam Mobility – Setec consortium will continue to provide the Île-de-France Mobilités on-demand transport service for another 4 years.
Geotab Inc. & EV Café have announced Thomas Hardie Commercials as the beneficiary of their ‘The End of the ICEage’ promotion.
Yulu takes a look at four different ways the government can boost new EV mobility solutions in the 2023 budget.
Micromobility operator, Beam is now integrating its Pedestrian Shield path detection technology within its e-scooter fleet in Auckland.
Voi has commenced a four-month trial operating a Biliti Electric tuk-tuk for battery swapping and e-scooter maintenance in Bristol.
Pyka has unveiled its electric Pelican Cargo aircraft, which is the first autonomous vehicle of its class.
The first DRT software of its kind; MiniDRT enables guests to book transport to travel between different locations within a hotel.
Padam Mobility and Île-de-France Mobiltés extend 'VGI-Flexi' DRT service to the municipality of Denkendorf.
Dott, Lime and TIER have been awarded a three-year contract to each launch a fleet of 2,000 e-scooters in Madrid, Spain.
The International Association of Public Transport has launched UPPER, a new EU-project to strengthen the role of public transport.
Micromobility operator, Beam has launched its fifth-generation e-scooter — the Saturn 5 — in Wellington, New Zealand.
Schunk offers 4 technical solutions to make e-mobility more attractive: Increased efficiency, reliability, user-friendliness & safety.
Siemens and Skyway have announced a collaboration to develop electrical and digital infrastructure for vertiport operations.
The UK government is providing 30 million GBP in funding for seven projects that will help decarbonise the nation's highways.
Padam Mobility discusses the challenges of agile project management in the world of public transportation.
WMoD is merging with the Coventry Ring-and-Ride service and consolidating both services under one DRT umbrella – managed by weDRT.
Hitachi Rail has published a new report exploring attitudes to public transport and smart mobility in eight cities around the world.
Pod Point introduces the OZEV Grant, a scheme to make EV charging more accessible for renters and people who own a flat.
SkedGo explores five of the most prominent trends driving the constantly evolving future of transport in the years to come.
InstaVolt is expanding its ultra-rapid EV charging hub in Banbury, Oxfordshire – doubling the number of chargers that currently exist onsite.
OVO Energy and Kaluza are partnering with Volkswagen UK and smart charging company, Indra to launch a Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) trial.
bp pulse has launched Europe's first charging corridor for electric trucks along on the Rhine-Alpine corridor in Germany.
LeddarTech look to understand the testing requirements for new vehicles regarding ADAS under new car assessment programs (NCAP).
Liverpool City Council has selected Shell's subsidiary, ubitricity to install a network of 300 EV charging points into existing lampposts.
ZeroAvia has successfully tested its 19-seat Dornier 228 aircraft, powered partly with a full-size hydrogen-electric engine.
Kapsch TrafficCom will install a new tolling system on the highway between the Brazilian megacity Rio de Janeiro and Santos.
On 19 January 2023, Micromobility Industries hosted Micromobility World to explore how small vehicles will reshape our cities.
WiTricity and VTT will collaborate to install WiTricity’s wireless charging technology, supporting the EU-funded REFLECTIVE project.
The City of London has announced that restrictions on Britain’s first 24/7 ‘zero-emission street' could be introduced permanently.
The Indian State of Maharashtra has partnered with Gogoro and Belrise Industries to establish a network of battery-swapping infrastructure.
The UK government and Ofgem have released a plan that would benefit drivers by making it cheaper for them to run their electric vehicles.
NewMo, the Via-powered Boston area on-demand public transit service, recently celebrated its 100,000th ride.
SINTRONES’ ultra-mini fanless computer, the VBOX-3131, is equipped with an Intel® Celeron processor, which provides robust connectivity.
Lambeth Council plans to transform kerbside parking in the London borough into areas such as bus lanes and EV charging points.
The City of Paris and RiverCat France have announced that a river transport line using electric shuttles will open on the Seine in 2024.
Brightline and Uber have announced a new partnership to improve connections to rail transport in South Florida.
EVBox has fulfilled the security requirements of German calibration law for its public fast charging station, EVBox Troniq Modular.
AT CES Las Vegas 2023, ASKA debuted a full-scale, functional prototype of its ASKA A5 drive & fly eVTOL aircraft.
Leclanché SA has been selected to provide the battery technology for two hybrid vessels that will be operated by Brittany Ferries.
Yulu is a vertically-integrated solution with the potential to change the face of shared, enterprise and personal mobility in many countries.
TransLink customers can now pay for transit using Interac® Debit on every bus and at every fare gate throughout Metro Vancouver.
Micro-Mobility for Europe (MMfE), has published a first-of-its-kind factsheet on incident data involving shared e-scooters in Europe.
Oxbotica has raised US$140 million in Series C investment to deploy its operating system for Universal Autonomy™ around the world.
Ky Sealy, Engineering Fellow at WiTricity, discusses why standards in the automotive industry are important.
The Biden-Harris Administration has released the first US National Blueprint for Transportation Decarbonization.
From 5-8 January, CES 2023 took place in Las Vegas, debuting the latest micromobility vehicles from brands such as OKAI and Brightway.
HyNet partners, Progressive Energy Ltd, Cadent Gas Ltd and Vertex Hydrogen have become event partners with Foresight Hydrogen Live 2023.
Stellantis and Archer Aviation have announced a partnership to manufacture Archer’s eVTOL aircraft, Midnight.
The UK government has announced 7 million GBP in funding to decarbonise and improve freight transportation through emerging technologies.
Advisors from Biobío, Chile paid a visit to Optibus’ headquarters to discuss transportation technology and how it supports their future plans.
Yulu reflects on 2022, a year that saw the company's 5th anniversary, its 2nd Generation of purpose-built EVs and more.
NEXCOM’s in-vehicle AI-aided telematics computer, VTC 7260-xC4, is used as the core of vehicles to help deploy a wide range of applications.
At CES 2023, ZF unveiled its latest autonomous shuttle and announced a new partnership with Beep to deliver thousand of units to the US.
Sidra Collins chats with Boris Surets, CISO at Optibus to understand the benefits of using cloud-based servers, as opposed to local servers.
Enterprise has signed an agreement to become an authorised Geotab Reseller in the UK, France, Germany, Spain and the Republic of Ireland.
Siemens Mobility, the University of York and British Solar Renewables have won funding to develop new ways of powering UK railways.
The German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection has given €9.1 million for the SAFESTREAM autonomous driving project.
2022 saw WeDRT achieving a lot of big wins in future transport, seeing further gains in the push towards modal shift.
Hyundai Motor Group's subsidiary, Supernal has announced a collaboration with Microsoft to run advanced air mobility on Microsoft cloud.
Yulu Bikes Safe Rider Program is India’s first Traffic Safety Awareness certification programme for delivery executives.
OLEDWorks will be exhibiting automotive lighting and flexible panel capabilities of OLED technology at CES 2023.
London: A new regulation has come into force meaning private-hire vehicles licensed for the first time must now be 'zero emission capable'.
Active Travel England is investing 32.9m GBP in establishing a network of experts to improve high streets for pedestrians and cyclists.
The Stertil Group has taken over the business activities of Beissbarth Automotive Testing Solutions GmbH.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) intends to purchase at least 66,000 battery-electric delivery vehicles between now and 2028.
Voi is partnering with Battery-as-a-Service (BaaS) provider, Swobbee to install battery swapping stations for e-scooter fleets in Europe.
A delegation from Victoria, Australia visited Optibus’ headquarters to discuss technological solutions for improving public transportation.
While EVs come in different shapes and sizes, Yulu is moving to a new age of e-mobility revolution dominated by purpose-built vehicles.
Fastned and EVBox will install one of the first 400 kW EV Fast Chargers in Europe, enabling charges up to 100 km of range in just 3 minutes.
New York recently sped up its traffic with the award-winning cashless tolling system by Kapsch TrafficCom.
A recent survey has revealed that the most commonly reported barriers to cycling in Melbourne relate to riding alongside motor vehicles.
Germany's BMDV aims to establish Hamburg as a 'Metropolitan Mobility Model Region,' with up to 10,000 autonomous vehicles by 2030.
Aurora closes out 2022 with the fifth quarterly beta release of its Aurora Driver on the journey to being feature complete.
Grupo GA Brasil has partnered with Optibus to digitally transform its operation serving the states of Minas Gerais and Paraná.
Aqua superPower, Indra, Cenex and the University of Plymouth are developing a UK demonstrator of bi-directional boat charging.
Ficosa and LeddarTech have signed a development and commercialisation agreement for the development of a smart automatic parking assistant.
Glendale, Arizona has launched the brand-new on-demand transit app, Glendale OnBoard, made possible by Via.
With constantly changing travel patterns, Beate Kubitz poses the question: Is it time to flex the business model?
The British Transport Police (BTP) is now operating its first electric response vehicle ahead of deploying an all-electric fleet by 2025.
Redwood has announced that it will construct a Battery Materials Campus in the US 'Battery Belt' near Charleston, South Carolina.
In a European first, the autonomous shuttles deployed as part of the Navetty project are operating in Yvelines without an operator onboard
The US Department of Transportation has made 1.5 billion USD available in grant funding through the RAISE grant programme for 2023.
The UK government has provided funding to Virgin Atlantic to operate the world's first net zero transatlantic flight in 2023 using 100% SAF.
Optibus present 5 key takeaways from the discussions of its first ever Optibus Hub EMEA User Conference at Paddington Station, London.
SkedGo argues the case for the power of localising MaaS solutions, tailoring them to reflect specific geographic markets.
WeDRT analyse a case study for the implementation of DRT in Market Lavington in the first of its Scenario Series.
The ORR has published its first report on safety on the strategic road network and says National Highways must deliver better performance.
Engineering Fellow at WiTricity, Ky Sealy, argues the importance of standards for the wireless charging of electric vehicles.
The Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership (HITRANS) has added NorthLink Ferries to its mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) app, Go-Hi.
A Traffic Management System implemented by the Austrian company Kapsch TrafficCom has begun operating on the Monterrey – Saltillo highway.
EasyMile and Keolis are remotely supervising two fully driverless shuttles, without any human supervisor on board, at France’s CNTS.
LeddarTech has announced its participation at CES 2023, where it will showcase its automotive-grade software enabling ADAS and AD.
The MobiBrasil Group is rolling out Optibus’ Planning and Scheduling software across its Recife and São Paulo operations.
New research from the University of Minnesota outlines how planning for autonomous vehicles (AV) could help make US cities more liveable and equitable.
Micromobility provider, Voi has announced that its cooperation with Swiss rail company, BLS AG has revealed positive results.
UK Transport Minister, Jesse Norman, has responded to a question in UK Parliament on whether the DfT will legalise the use of helmets.
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