Sam Chapman: understanding the current state and future of mobility
On 20th November, I’ll be attending the Public Sector Solutions Expo, the UK’s leading public sector event at Manchester Central, where I will take part in one of their panel sessions discussing ‘Major Projects Driving Transport Connectivity’.
If you’re planning on coming along to the Expo, this should be an interesting session. The panel which will include Frank Tudor, Interim Head of Portfolio Management Office at Transport for Greater Manchester, Jonathan Spruce, Interim Strategy Director at Transport for the North, Tim Wood, Northern Powerhouse Rail Director and Graham Botham, Strategy and Planning Director at Network Rail, will be debating a number of topics including:
- Autonomous Vehicles
- Future Influences on the Strategic Road Network
- Smart Motorways Programme
At The Floow, we‘ve got a important role to play in each of these topics as we focus on in depth understanding of current and future mobility. We use these insights and innovation to help change and shape the future of mobility. We work hard to understand how we can best make use of technology in order to improve mobility and transport services and make them more efficient for users whether they are drivers or passengers.
We work with local authorities and governments in order to help them with data-driven considerations that might best influence a positive future for mobility. As part of this, we are taking into account changes in mobility behaviours including those stemming from adoption of electric and autonomous technologies. We also use our fine grained insight to provide evidence led approaches to lower pollution levels in our towns and cities via improved traffic management from analytics and mass data.
In this debate there are some other considerations to focus on, for example, how will insurance operate when autonomous or semi-autonomous features are at play? What will impact road safety? And do we need to change infrastructure?
We already know that risk models are changing as a result of new technologies such as telematics, connected cars and autonomous vehicles. At The Floow, we are at the forefront of understanding these evolving risks and behavioural changes allowing us to offer our unique insights into how mobility is changing over time.
Telematics and mobility insight can help those working in the public sector especially when trying to plan for a constantly changing future enabling the use of the best evidence available to ensure that the projects proposed today will be suitable for the world in 5-10 years time when they are built, and far beyond.
This is why we have recently launched a new service we call DataFloow, which provides anonymous insight from very large scale mobility sensors allowing us to collate a unique statistical picture of road and transport patterns across a region which can help relevant organisations and governments to plan more accurately for the future of mobility.
One project looking widely at the future of mobility is the award-winning collaborative MOVE_UK project which aims to reduce the timescale and cost of the roll out of autonomous vehicles through live trials in a real-world environment of near to road technology.
Autonomous functionalities and their introduction onto our roads are likely to have a huge impact on city infrastructure. Over time it will be expected to revise infrastructure to better suit autonomous operation in key parts of the network. We think it will lead to changes that can be better prepared for now.
Autonomous vehicles are also likely to have an impact on the way people travel and use vehicles as some citizens increasingly opt not to buy and use cars in urban environments. This behavioural shift will be felt greatly in urban public transport systems which must adapt to these changing demands.
As a result, it is extremely important that we work to understand the demand and potential impacts now in order to build more valuable services to maximise citizen value from new mobility technologies.
The above is a taster of what I’m hoping to discuss as part of this panel at Public Sector Solutions Expo in Manchester later this month. If you are interested in attending this event, there is still time for you to register via the Public Sector Solutions Expo website. If you’d like to hear more about DataFloow, please drop us a line at [email protected]