By 2030 more than 750 million people will live in megacities. City populations worldwide are growing, and so is the need for stable, sustainable transport systems.
Unreliable mobility ecosystems pose a risk to health and safety and exacerbate social inequality by limiting access to jobs, healthcare, and education.
For cities to become greener, smarter and more inclusive, pressing mobility challenges such as congestion, pollution and accessibility need to be addressed. To do so in a sustainable manner, city officials, innovators, entrepreneurs, corporations and SMEs need to come together and co-develop innovative solutions and policies.
In the EU, transport accounts for about 30% of CO2 emissions. Electrification, automation, and digitalisation of transportation are already transforming the industry and helping cut down emissions. For countries to transition to the future of mobility responsibly and equitably, governments need to provide the right regulations to support green initiatives and ensure jobs within the sector are maintained and created.
Companies worldwide are developing innovative green mobility solutions. We are very excited to share 5 European companies tackling transportation challenges from very different angles.
The Valencia-based company is building Europe’s first hyperloop centre. Zeleros’s vision for Europe is to expand the Trans-European Transport network by creating a cost and energy-efficient hyperloop system for city to city travel. Hyperloop transport is cheaper and faster than car or train travel; it is also has a smaller carbon footprint than air travel. The technology is also quicker and more affordable to build than traditional high-speed rail. Therefore, developing hyperloop systems can facilitate travelling between cities and bring cities closer to reaching their net-zero targets.
Connected and autonomous vehicles can improve safety and reduce congestion, not to mention be more cost-effective and convenient for the user. The Birmingham-based deep tech company, Conigital provides a driverless vehicle platform that works on any vehicle type. The company has created an all-inclusive mobility blueprint to futureproof city transport that is connected, reliable, efficient, and accessible.
The road freight industry accounts for 7% of global CO2 emissions – consuming over 5 million barrels of oil per year. The Stockholm based company Einride has designed the first fully electric and completely autonomous transport vehicle to operate on a public road in the world. The Pod can be monitored and managed by Einride’s engineers and trained operators.
Long searches for parking spaces in big cities are tedious but also lead to more vehicle emissions and traffic. The Munich-based company Cleverciti has set out to help. Cleverciti optimises the parking experience by enabling real-time detection of available spaces. The company’s AI technology guides drivers to the most convenient available spot reducing search traffic, emissions and maximising parking assets’ value.
Everyone who lives in a big city knows how it is to feel like a tourist in their own city. Instead of asking others for directions, we now look to geospatial apps. The Spanish company Meep has developed a new app that shows users all available routes, transportation options and, best of all – allows them to pay for their trips through the app. People can personalise all aspects of their journeys to become faster, cheaper or most importantly, greener. As we become more and more conscious of our carbon footprints, we believe that many of us will choose the green option.