The number of people living in big cities is growing by the day. Intelligent urban mobility ideas are thus becoming increasingly important. Twelve years ago, smart brought an entirely new concept to the streets. Now the “smart intelligent drive” solutions take us to a new era: the age of emission-free mobility. To ensure that the quality of life in our cities can be maintained and even improved, we have to look at different approaches for future mobility.
Thomas Weber asks: Which technologies have the potential to improve the individual’s mobility in the future?
KTH Stockholm answers: Imagine an urban environment where individual transportation always runs smoothly and seamlessly, negatively impacting neither the environment nor urban dwellers. Imagine commuting as an opportunity for pause, respite and free time rather than as another stressful moment in a hectic life.
The proposed city driving system for Stockholm would be an essential key to creating this world. It would increase the individual’s creativity, flexibility and productivity–it would transform urban mobility.
As a car approaches Stockholm from the countryside, the City Driving System notifies the driver that he will soon connect with the grid, providing distance approximations. As the vehicle crosses within city limits, the metropolitan system takes it over, driving the car remotely and automatically. It selects and presents to the driver the most time and energy efficient route, saving time for the driver and reducing traffic buildup in frequented areas.
The City Driving System is an advanced technological solution based on the newest IT, sensor and navigation technologies, which would allow the system to locate, coordinate and steer all vehicles within its boundaries.
The City Driving System would be responsible for orchestrating all vehicular traffic within Stockholm, ensuring efficient, simple, and safe transportation. Drivers–alongside pedestrians, cyclists, and public transportation operators–would profit from the system, as driving mistakes, speeding and collisions fade into the past.
While the City Driving System guides and drives the car, the driver is free to do whatever he pleases. He can fully remove his concentration from the road; he can write emails, drink coffee, socialize or simply shut his eyes and relax. The precious time he spends in transit would no longer be a monotony of pedal pressing and wheel turns. The driver’s productivity and flexibility would then rise together; he would be able to work remotely, reducing stress and his rush to the office.
The harmonic traffic conditions would increase the quality of life for the people of Stockholm–the collective pace of the city would slow, while individual productivity would accelerate. The Stockholm City Driving System would be a great step towards sustainable, individual mobility with zero emissions for a city we call home.