Dr Venkat Sumantran, Chairman of Celeris Technologies and Author of Faster, Smarter, Greener: The future of the Car and Urban Mobility, will be speaking today at the SHIFT Automotive conference on the topic of “Mobility Transformations Towards a Sustainable City”. We asked him to tell us a little more:
The twentieth century was the century of the automobile; the twenty-first will see mobility dramatically re-envisioned. Automobiles altered cityscapes, boosted economies, and made personal mobility efficient and convenient for many. But times have changed; cars are seldom the quickest mode of travel in cities, and emissions from the rapidly growing number of cars and trucks threaten the planet. The auto industry is responding with electrified and connected cars that double as virtual travel assistants. The sharing economy is coaxing many consumers to shift from being owners of assets to being users of services. City administrators are shifting from designing cities for cars to designing cities for people. Nations and cities will employ targeted user fees and subsidies to nudge consumers toward more sustainable and socially relevant modes. The transformed urban mobility architecture can be “faster, smarter, and greener”.
CITY ADMINISTRATORS ARE SHIFTING FROM DESIGNING CITIES FOR CARS TO DESIGNING CITIES FOR PEOPLE
How do you see the future of urban mobility?
We envision a new world of mobility that is connected, heterogeneous, intelligent, and personalised (the CHIP architecture). The CHIP architecture harnesses a full spectrum of mobility modes (the heterogeneity factor) possible today including non- motorised modes, EVs, micro- mobility, shared-mobility and mass-transit to complement conventional personal modes. It seeks to integrate this variety of mobility options through ubiquitous connectivity, and a marketplace open to innovation and entrepreneurship.
MOBILITY TRANSFORMATIONS TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE CITY
Date: Tuesday 10 September
Time: 11:25 am
Location: Hall 26b GRAND THEATRE
Photo: Dr Venkat Sumantran, Chairman of Celeris Technologies