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Micro-Mobility: The Next Wave in Smart City Project


The United States major cities Charlotte, Detroit and Omaha have launched into a cooperative programme to manage micro-mobility through the sharing of best practices.

By investing mobility platform, it’s hoped that the scooter-share pilots across these three cities can facilitate to produce an infrastructure for future micro-mobility programmes.

The challenge of usage and Supply

The faster introduction of micro-mobility has created new challenges for cities to manage the availability and use of vehicles such as scooters.

Responding to the present shift in urban mobility, cities are searching for innovative approaches to embrace the adoption of micro-mobility vehicled and drive positive outcomes like reducing congestion, providing solutions, rising pedestrian safety and increasing quality choices in underserved areas.

The cities are aiming to be the first to use parking rules, data analysis, and a software platform to charge for vehicle parking so as to balance the demand, availability and distribution of scooters.

Instead of imposing flat fees or capping scooter volumes, this technique and technology permit every town to incentivise behaviour by charging for curbing house fairly across all modes of mobility. As cities charge cars to park at the curbing, they will apply an existing digital parking framework for scooters.

“These cities are now connected to a network for facing similar challenges and they are effectively working together to develop a new transportation model”

With this micro-mobility model, these cities are collecting insights on how citizens are using the new transportation system. The policymakers are more strategic about managing supply and demand for scooters.

By using the software platform, the cities will maintain visibility and management over scooter deployments and manage their kerbs, whereas enabling mobility providers to get a lot of flexible and handily manage their vehicles.

The platform can leverage data from service providers and permit cities to:

  • Analyse scooter distribution and demand
  • Pricing and payments
  • Manage scooters to handle city-level objectives like evenhanded access and first/last mile solutions for transit.

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