Sustainable urban mobility – this is something on everyone’s mind: local-authorities, taxi, ride-hail and PHV operators, and consumers. Electric vehicles (EVs) are getting a lot of attention, as they can be a swift solution to emissions issues. But they are not a magic bullet solution to all our issues. Beyond improving car emissions, we also need to radically change how we use cars, and taxi, ride-hail, and PHV operators have a big role in this shift.
Since the first omnibuses took to the streets in the 1800s, public transit has evolved a fair bit. Today, local authorities are under mounting pressure to continue innovating how they deliver and support public transit to better serve citizens in a way that is also sustainable for the environment. And as they innovate, we see a new era of cross-sector collaboration.
Cities across the map are picking up momentum in regulating cars in their inner-city areas to kerb congestion and make cities more liveable for citizens. Is this new urban mobility era a threat or opportunity to ride-hail operators? We think it’s an opportunity.