Why does urban mobility matter?


Urban Mobility is the way of the future.

Perhaps you have seen the fun YouTube videos of celebrities or suburban moms faceplanting while riding around on their toy hoverboards. If that is the limit of your familiarity of the personal mobility devices, you are missing the bigger picture. The urban mobility vehicles are the way of the future.

The self-driving car is coming faster than all of us can even imagine. The best and brightest minds in the world at Google, Uber, and a host of other tech companies are working on making the self-driving car a reality. Before we know it, fleets of electric vehicles will be efficiently zipping around cities, delivering passengers to their desired destinations.

With the rise of the self-driving electric vehicle will come restrictions on where those vehicles can drive. Shutting down or restricting car travel in the busiest sections of cities will maximize efficiency, and limit the downside risks of self-driving vehicles being involved in collisions. There are already a handful of cities around the world that have created car-free zones, and more are sure to follow.

If an Uber or Google vehicle is unable to drive a passenger to their desired location in a closed city center, the only answer is an increased reliance on the urban mobility vehicles that can propel their users nearly as fast as a car. The urban mobility vehicle will bridge the gap between the zones self-driving cars can access and the end destinations of their passengers.

Everything is intertwined. The iPhone came about a decade ago because of the massive explosion in chip processing power with a simultaneous shrinking in the size of the chips. Wireless internet technology also improved by leaps and bounds to make a personal handheld computer that doubled as a phone a reality for millions of people all over the world. The intersection of self-driving cars and intelligent, efficient city planning, will lead to the rise of the personal mobility vehicle. That's why they matter.