From car-sharing systems to electric scooters to flying cars, Paris encourages smart city initiatives such as shared mobility and environmentally friendly alternatives to counter problems like traffic congestion and air pollution. Mobility strategies are important in a thriving city’s development and its future looks promising.
Riding around the city on an electric scooter is possibly one of the best ways to see the city. However, the rise of the scooter sharing system has been described as anarchic and locals have strongly expressed their discontent. Scooters littering the pavements and pedestrian related accidents has led to French policy makers working on a mobility law. Once the law will be passed, companies will have to go through a strict selection process where only two or three licenses will be handed to operators. Restrictions have already been implemented to regulate the frenzy. It is now illegal to ride scooters on pavements and in parks and they cannot be parked on pavements. From July 1, users will be fined on the spot for breaking any of these rules.
Vehicle sharing systems in the capital have grown since their introduction almost a decade ago. Following the demise of Autolib’ and Velib’, the future of the sharing system seemed bleak and uncertain. This presented an opportunity for various car sharing operators to launch their fleets includiding Car2Go, Renault etc. In May, the City of Paris launched a new car-sharing service Mobilib’, relying on various operators which include Ubeeqo, Ada, Communauto and Drivy. This fleet includes electric and thermal vehicles. Such initiatives hope to decrease single car usage in the city.
As futuristic and ambitious as it sounds, flying mobility services have the full support of authorities. Airbus and transport service operator RATP have been looking into the possibility of introducing air mobility services in the capital. Different countries have projects underway and there is already a regulation. It is indeed a race but there is no rush in implementing the technology as safety and practicality are priorities.
Integrated technology-driven approaches are adopted to effectively meet changing user demands. Smart city uses machine learning algorithms, automation and the internet of things (IoT) to bring us solutions that will facilitate and create an enjoyable urban experience which includes retail, hospitality and working spaces. Boundless Digital is strongly aligned with smart city concepts. Using compliance anonymized consented data collection to make living in the city an enjoyable experience. With the Olympics around the corner, how will the City of Paris and local businesses take advantage of smart city initiatives to host millions of visitors in a city already frequented by millions?