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Sherry’s post looks in to the issue of road congestion in major cities around the world, reflecting on the Sustainable Urban Transport approach to combatting this issue. She also picks up on the numerous environmental, social and economic challenges faced in densely populated cities. Moreover, how these challenges can be flipped to benefit the city looking at interconnected public transportation systems as a possible solution. From reading Sherry’s blog, I have looked further in to the topic and identified 2 innovative current and future concepts that aim to tackle these issues, which I will discuss within this comment.

 

Reducing Private Car Use

 

As Sherry mentioned in her post the sheer numbers of vehicles on our roads is quite obviously the issue in many main cities. A solution that many governments and privatised companies are taking is car sharing schemes. Carplus in London is an innovative example of a new trend taking off known as Car Clubs, that aim to not only remove the number of cars on the roads but improve the Co2 efficiency of those that are left.

 

The idea seeks for people to trade in their vehicles and join a large-scale car sharing community that provides new top-quality vehicles with ultra-low emissions. A study by Carplus showed that in London 193,000 of their members managed to share 3,000 vehicles between them. You cannot be certain that the service is 100% efficient in removing people privatised cars from the road. However, I believe it is a good way of incentivising the use of car sharing services, especially through providing vehicles that would in most cases by better than what a person may personally own.

Carplus

 

Maximising Public Transport Efficiency

 

Public transport as stated within Sherry’s post is quite evidently the next logical step in automotive movement for people. However, that is not to say that our current modes and systems are necessarily at their best. With new vehicular technologies being developed around the world it is essential that these concepts be integrated with one another in future schemes. An out-there scheme that uses future technologies to maximise public transport efficiency is electric modular transport, which is currently in its concept stage by the company ‘next future transportation inc.’.

 

This concept looks to develop driverless modules that can fit up to 6 people in the space of smart car, and has a fully automated pick up and drop off system that is defined by the user through an app. This scheme if successful would maximise efficiency of movement around urban cities, getting people to places faster and with less consumption of energy. Although still at a very early stage, this looks to be the potential future for public transport that could revolutionise the current transport system as we know it.

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Below are links to the developer’s sites mentioned if you would like to look at either scheme in more detail:

 

 

 

References:

  • Next Future Transportation. (2017). Next Future Transportation. [online] Available at: http://www.next-future-mobility.com [Accessed 5 Jan. 2018].
  • org.uk. (2017). Air quality fix requires clean innovative car sharing schemes | Carplus. [online] Available at: https://www.carplusbikeplus.org.uk/air-quality-fix-requires-clean-innovative-car-sharing-schemes/ [Accessed 5 Jan. 2018].

 

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