The future of transport in the age of smart cities

Technology is changing the face of the transport industry. Ride-hailing services such as Uber and Taxify have become popular in recent years and self-driving and electric cars are set to gain a foothold in the industry. Connected cars use evolving technology to optimise their operations and maintenance while ensuring the convenience of their drivers and passengers with onboard sensors and Internet connectivity. But how will technology affect our cities and transport systems on a broader scale?

What is a smart city?

In a recent blog on its website, the Internet of Things Institute quoted research by UK’s Juniper Research which named Singapore as the smartest city on Earth. Juniper ranked cities using various factors such as the adoption of smart grid technologies, intelligent lighting, the use of information technology to improve traffic, WiFi access points, smartphone penetration and the app landscape.

How does a smart city approach transport?

Steffen Sorrell, senior analyst at Juniper Research, said: “In terms of software applications, we looked at traffic apps and city information apps that leveraged open data sources. We apply different weightings to transport and energy, which we believe are the most important elements in smart cities.”

He added that in evaluating transport, Juniper analysts looked at public transport options and subtracted points for cities with high levels of private vehicle ownership. It also looked at efforts by city planners to improve traffic by implementing congestion charges, dynamic traffic lights,  the use of road sensors and smart parking.

Examples of smart cities

Juniper Research named London as one of its picks for smart cities saying that England’s capital city took early action to use technology to help tackle congestion and solve parking problems. With good broadband availability, London implemented an app built on open data for optimal route suggestions and a smart parking initiative was rolled out in the Westminster area in 2014.

Singapore was named the top smart city. This city state has successfully implemented congestion charging to alleviate traffic congestion. This is a charge levied on motorists who drive in an area that suffers heavy traffic, usually the city centre. Singapore also makes use of road sensors, smart parking and phased traffic lights.

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