The Future of Urban and Autonomous Mobility

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This project aims to bring together city and business leaders to accelerate the implementation of autonomous and shared-vehicle fleets to address urban mobility challenges. It will achieve this by:


  • Partnering with the City of Boston to drive impact and implementation

  • Quantifying autonomous-vehicle impact on Boston traffic flows and transport options by means of primary consumer research and traffic simulation

  • Identifying urban logistical challenges and innovative business solutions

  • Facilitating best-practice exchange in cities and ventures around the world

2017 deliverables include:


  • New business models for urban logistics

    • Definition of urban logistics segments

    • Primary pain points / underserved needs

    • View on how AV can address pain points

    • View on key hurdles to realize new business models



  • Deep dive on potential city mobility platform 

    • Key objectives and friction points across stakeholders

    • Framework including design and roles & responsibilities

    • Roadmap for implementation



  • Facilitation of expanded AV tests in Boston

    • Expanded list of use cases to be tested

    • New partners actively testing

    • Report on real-life impact of trials

    • Perspective on how transition between modes should work



  • Extension of traffic simulation

    • Study on customers' future modal choices

    • Expansion of scope:

      • Entire city area

      • Urban Logistics

      • Public transit



    • View on induced demand impact & needed # of vehicles



  • Launch of city network to exchange best practices

    • Definition of key topics to be addressed in city exchange

    • Active exchange through creating new network or partnering with existing network

    • Concept for digital platform where cities can share details on their AV activities