Smart Mobility City Tracker
Smart Mobility City Tracker
Identifying Smart Mobility Opportunities in
100 Key Smart Cities of the Future
An average driver spends about 108 hours a year stuck in traffic jams.
Global demand for passenger mobility is expected to double by 2050.
GLOBAL DEMAND FOR PASSENGER MOBILITY IS EXPECTED TO DOUBLE BY 2050
An average driver spends about 108 hours a year stuck in traffic jams in Los Angeles, which costs the city almost $20 billion.
A car commuter in London or New York spends as much as $500 a month on parking-related costs.
Can cities look to innovation to address these escalating urban mobility issues?
Frost & Sullivan has launched a pioneering Global Mobility Research & Analysis that covers 100 cities and tracks 150+ parameters across all aspects of Smart Mobility that are crucial to form a holistic idea about city mobility performance and future outlook, including:
- Macro-economic Indices
- Health & Safety
- Vehicle Statistics
- Travel Patterns
- Array of New Mobility Solutions
- Freight & Logistics
- Political & Regulatory Landscape
- Innovation in Last-Mile Connectivity
The 100 cities tracked capture the changing dynamics of urban mobility and provide a strategic imperative on the future of mobility with more than 85% of global mobility innovation and initiatives, smart city pilots and digital labs, industry collaborations, policy and regulations, and investment.
The mobility landscape in cities is transforming rapidly. Discrete, siloed, and narrow definitions of transportation are giving way to broader, more inclusive and sustainable concepts of mobility. The future of mobility will be highly integrated, electric and autonomous and will be aimed at improving user travel experience. Strategic collaborations among important stakeholders, both public and private, in terms of operating models, car usage, multimodal journey planning, and also payment options will drive Smart Mobility objectives in cities.
Technology-led disruption and service-led innovation are changing the concept of mobility in smart cities. In response, cities willing to make bold moves in advancing and diversifying their urban transport systems will lead the race toward sustainable mobility.
- Franck Leveque- Partner & BUL, Mobility
New Mobility Solutions
Transformative Growth Opportunity #1
Transformative Growth Opportunity #1:
New Mobility Solutions
Inherent flexibility of shared mobility solutions improves fleet utilization and allows for rapid scaling to meet demand.
While only 600 passenger trips are made by private cars in a year globally, a shared vehicle makes as much as 5,000 trips a year. In fact, one shared mobility vehicle has the potential to replace an average of nine cars from the road. Increased utilization of the vehicle fleet improves efficiency in transport systems, especially in the densely populated urban landscapes. New mobility solutions address the Last Mile connectivity issues in areas where public transport is sparse and disjointed, making the need for personal vehicle use redundant.
Cities that support uptake of new mobility solutions through designated parking spaces, access to priority lanes, or financial subsidies for operators are witnessing rapid expansion and penetration of new mobility fleet.
The Smart New Mobility Solutions Index evaluates how successful cities have been in their engagement with new mobility modes- in terms of penetration levels of innovative mobility solutions like bike-sharing, car sharing, ride-hailing/ taxis, demand responsive transportation, smart ticketing and smart parking availability, and mobility-as-a-service pilots. Overarching all these initiatives is the city’s vision toward shared and integrated mobility.
Alongside rising vehicle ownership costs in these cities, supportive regulations enabled multiple mobility players to successfully launch new mobility services, which seamlessly complement public transport services.
Transformative Growth Opportunity #2
Transformative Growth Opportunity #2: Autonomous Readiness
Autonomous vehicles are set to simultaneously reduce road traffic accidents to zero and bring down travel costs by 30% through reduced congestion and eliminating the human operator completely.
Technological advances have been rapid and are converging in a perfect storm to accelerate the real-world deployment of driverless vehicles in cities. About 100,000 km of autonomous driving have been logged across the world; some cities lead the initiative while some are yet to enter the space. Nonetheless, they will be a reality sooner than expected, as some cities, such as Los Angeles, London, and Paris have agreed to develop a clear framework in terms of insurance, damage clauses, deployment strategies, and infrastructure requirements to facilitate commercial launch of automated vehicles as early as 2021.
Early adopter cities will be the ones that align their driving regulations to favor driverless technology, proactively encourage initial testing on public roads, as well as support the building of appropriate infrastructure, including connected roads, vehicles and traffic systems. The Smart Autonomous Readiness Index evaluates each city according to the three pillars that are integral to a city’s capacity to adopt and integrate autonomous vehicles: first, initiatives and outlook in terms of industry participants, pilot programs, policy and legislation, and testing zones; second, technology and infrastructure; and, third, shared mobility performance.
While North American cities have the advanced infrastructure and legislation to support autonomous testing, early deployment of autonomous vehicles in shared modes such as shuttles and taxis is likely in advanced APAC cities such as Singapore and Tokyo, and developed Europe such as Helsinki, Zurich, Paris and London.
Transformative Growth Opportunity #3
Transformative Growth Opportunity #3:
An effective Digitization strategy unlocks opportunities to transform the urban mobility system into “a truly efficient and connected system.”
A trial program launched by Transport for London (TfL) logged Wi-Fi data from travelers’ smartphones anonymously, which allowed them to analyze passenger movements and improve services accordingly. This really underpins how powerful the impact of “data” is in a city’s mobility value chain.
Hence, digitization is the bedrock of new technology and services expansion, new mobility solutions, and smart applications in city management. Cities with well-structured digitization strategies such as open data sharing through integrated APIs are able to channel the power of technology to attract more start-ups and developers to help address city mobility challenges. Also, 5G can unleash the power of tapping unexplored white spaces in transport innovation and cities that are supporting early pilots and pre-launch have precedence over others.
The Smart digitization Index examines the current state of cities’ digital capabilities, infrastructure, user adoption rates, data security measures as well as future outlook.
North American cities have better digital capabilities than their counterparts in Europe and Asia Pacific with 12 out of the top 20 cities located in North America. However, led by strong political will, the city state of Singapore claims the top spot.
Transformative Growth Opportunity #4
Transformative Growth Opportunity #4: Sustainability
Strong commitment and policies promoting green mobility are central to minimizing the social, health and economic fallout of congestion and bolstering sustainable mobility of the future.
Congestion is costing cities billions of dollars annually, including direct costs such as loss in work hours or efficiency, higher emissions, as well as indirect health-related costs related to poor air quality.
European cities have set the benchmark in terms of sustainable transportation by actively promoting non-car usage. Most Tier 1 cities in Europe have also implemented comprehensive and stringent regulations on emissions and emission standards. Fees levied on vehicles that fail to meet emissions standards are invested in improving public transport services and availability.
The Smart Sustainability Index examines four key aspects of sustainable transportation: public transport usage and infrastructure; electrification; travel inefficiencies including congestion, and carbon emissions; and regulations that advance sustainability such as low-emission zones (LEZs) and congestion charge zones (CCZs) together with long-term targets such as Zero Carbon Deadline, and Diesel Ban.
Cities with high dependence on private motorization should invest in rapid transit systems, promote fleet electrification as well as incentivize shared mobility solutions to ensure long-term sustainability.
Innovation, Focused Strategies, and Clearly Defined Frameworks
Driving Smart Mobility in Cities
Frost & Sullivan Ranks 100 Global Smart Cities for Intelligent Mobility
The Smart Mobility City Index gauges the current performance and future preparedness of cities toward smart mobility. We have evaluated the cities under six Smart Mobility themes including New Mobility Solutions, Autonomous Readiness, Digitization, Sustainability, Smart Logistics and Overall Smart City Outlook, and assigned weightings to each category based on our analysis. It provides insights on how the cities are performing and also evaluates how far they are from realizing their long-term strategies and how they can achieve them.
Cities with a clear mobility vision and comprehensive strategies to implement it emerge as Smart Mobility champions.
- 12 out of Top 25 belong to Europe due to the region’s strong commitment to green technology, low car dependency, integrated transport options and EV uptake.
- 4 cities from developed APAC also feature in our Top 25 list due to stringent car ownership and parking policies, efficient public transport systems and high penetration of new mobility fleet.
- 9 cities from the Americas also feature in the Top 25 list due to strong performance in the Autonomous Readiness and Digitization segments.
- Moreover, Singapore claimed the top spot in our Smart Mobility City Index, followed by London, San Francisco, Tokyo and Amsterdam. The future of mobility will be highly integrated, electric and autonomous, aimed at improving user travel experience.
Cities with a strong commitment to digitization and a well-structured digital strategy will be able to channel the power of such technologies to boost transport systems, thereby enhancing the quality of the social and economic life of its citizens.
- Shwetha Surender, Principle Consultant, Mobility
Smart Mobility City Tracker: Self-analysis Toolkit
Web-based interactive portal for robust data comparability
Data for our proprietary Smart Mobility City Tracker was collected from disparate sources including local transport authorities, mobility service providers as well as global organizations, and is standardized to allow for clustering and comparisons across cities and parameters. The diversity and depth of data insights generated by our study will allow all stakeholders, including policymakers, urban transport authorities, mobility solutions providers, and citizens to identify, understand and optimally leverage available trends and technologies to drive Smart Mobility solutions.