We spend too much of our life in traffic. A person living in San Francisco is spending 80 hours per year in traffic due to congestion, a person living in Bucharest is wasting 103 hours every year in traffic jams, this is 12 working days of 8 working hours. Traffic congestion is one of the biggest sources of stress, anger and anxiety. Furthermore, traffic congestion costs Americans $124 billion a year.
Safety is a very important subject to address, 1.3 million people are dying every year in car crashes, this is one person dying every 30 seconds. Road crashes cost $518 billion globally, costing individual countries from 1-2% of their annual GDP. Advances in analytics, automation, are already showing great promise in moving away from vehicle ownership toward shared vehicle usage and driverless cars.
Petrol and diesel cars are killing us. More than 5.5 million people worldwide are dying prematurely every year as a result of air pollution, researchers showed that only in European Union in 2013, air pollution by diesel cars, vans, and light commercial vehicles contributed to roughly 10,000 premature deaths. This air, soil and noise pollution are arguments for using electric cars powered by renewable sources.
Mobility and connectivity are the keywords of the 21st, technology being the Holy Grail of improving transportation, the number of connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices worldwide will jump to 125 billion in 2030. Introducing smart lights correlated with people flow management, having smart parking system are ways to optimise transportation. Ride-sharing, bike lanes and public transportation could dramatically decrease the number of vehicles on road, but for now the number of vehicles on the road is expected to double by 2050.
Mobility of people, goods, services is more challenging than ever before. By 2030, passenger traffic will exceed 80,000 billion passenger-kilometres – a fifty percent increase – and freight volume will grow by 70 percent globally. Congestion and Urban Mobility are cities’ biggest challenge. With six out of every ten people on Earth expected to live in urban areas by 2030, urban mobility is key to the sustainable development of our cities. Today cars are parked 95% of time occupying a lot of the urban space that could otherwise be returned to citizens or replaced with nature.
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