About Urban Mobility
Future transport policies, including sustainable and smart mobility principles, will link more directly to urban and rural demographic changes. Infrastructure management will be optimised and seamlessly integrated for people and goods alike; this will involve all modes of transport, such as cycling, walking, public transport and urban air mobility. Automated Mobility as a Service (MaaS) will be the norm, offering multiple travel/mode choices, including public transport and user services, supported by interoperable transport payment and ticketing systems. Traffic management will be more predictive and interactive, not only reactive, and include the principle of co-opetition between private and public bodies. Mobility Network Management – where all transport modes and their operators communicate and cooperate via mobility platforms – will move towards reality by focusing on a user-centric approach. Multimodality will be integrated into services offered by private and public operators, including vehicle manufacturers.
In cities and urban areas, vehicle technologies, traffic and transport systems and internet applications are coming together in a fast-growing ecosystem of new “connected mobility” services for travelers and transport users. City governments seek mobility solutions able to significantly reduce traffic congestion, while increasing the use of collective and low-carbon means of transport. Exploiting the newest internet and mobile communication technologies is leading to innovative ways in order to re-think the road transport services and improve mobility.
ERTICO strives to create wide-spread deployment of a new generation of cooperative applications, digital infrastructure and personalised mobility services. These will reduce traffic congestion, increase the use of low-carbon and low-emission leading to high-quality travel for all citizens and businesses.
The concept of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) creates new ways to use and pay for mobility. It shifts the decision power to the individual user through tailored solutions. This means that new organisational and business models need to be developed to integrate mobility modes, provide information and have secure payment options.
Our Urban Mobility Roadmap for 2035
A key priority for ERTICO’s focus in the Urban Mobility area is to support the widespread deployment of a new generation of cooperative, connected and personalised mobility services. ERTICO’s goal for 2035 is to achieve full integration of all these mobility solutions. This will reduce traffic congestion and increase the use of low-carbon and low-emission solutions, leading to high-quality travel for all citizens and businesses. ERTICO supports its 2035 roadmap related to Urban Mobility through projects and Innovation Platforms allowing the possibility to develop innovative solutions.
Current objectives in the area of Urban Mobility
Create a single market for Mobility as a Service (MaaS)
A city-business partnership framework delivers “sustainability as a profitable service”, including new organisation and business cases. To achieve such a partnership, ERTICO is working on guidelines and the framework for MaaS deployment and interoperability. We recognise the importance of testing the cities network for MaaS deployment and are engaging with cities to do so.
Develop “plug and play city” for harmonised tools and APIs
Harmonised tools and APIs for interconnection and integration of transport systems, mobility data and related services will enable the “plug-and-play city”. ERTICO is supporting the large-scale deployment of C-ITS (cooperative ITS) bundled services in complex urban environments. We work to develop an ITS deployment framework for the “plug-and-play city”.
Delivering greener, cleaner and more sustainable mobility for cities of tomorrow.
ERTICO and its Partners contribute to targets that include saving millions of tonnes of CO₂, improving road safety and saving one million hours from traffic congestion and delays. The European Commission’s Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy maintains that at least 30 million zero-emission cars will be running on European roads by 2030, 100 European cities will be climate neutral, and automated mobility will be deployed on a large scale. Our key themes, therefore, include Mobility Network Management (MNM), optimising and integrating infrastructure management for people and goods across all transport modes, and looking at the system as a whole, including public transport and UAM. We aim to make traffic management more connected, predictive and interactive, including the concept of co-opetition between private and public sectors.
Mobility as a Service (MaaS) is a key focus here, supported by increasing levels of automation and interoperable payment and ticketing systems. Active Mobility (cycling + walking) and fully flexible personalised mobility are also on the radar. As in other areas, we want to connect the dots in urban mobility and put people at the heart of our work through a user-centric approach. We know urban areas are taking their responsibilities seriously. With the ERTICO City Moonshot interviewing 150 cities worldwide: 92% are taking transport-related action to address the climate crisis. This initiative will continue, covering more cities and helping to foster greater dialogue and understanding around the challenges and opportunities. 2021 saw extensive revisions and updates to the guidance for Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) with ERTICO input, covering intelligent transport systems (ITS), MaaS and Urban Air Mobility (UAM). In Active Mobility, ERTICO work with prominent groups including Cycling Industries Europe (CIE) and representatives of user groups such as the European Cyclists Federation (ECF).
ERTICO remains at the forefront of urban mobility, helping to refocus policy and operations from traffic management and efficiency gains towards more environmental targets to ensure we can plan and deliver the greener, cleaner, more