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Frost & Sullivan has released its 2019 smart mobility city tracker to highlight the latest developments in the sustainable transport industry and cities leading the way.

The tracker covers some 100 cities and their approach on new mobility solutions, autonomous systems, digitisation, sustainability, logistics performance, policy & regulatory framework, and transport landscape and vision.

Amongst the 100 cities studied, none qualifies as an innovator/leader in smart mobility solutions.

The study divides cities into four groups namely innovative, dynamic, proactive and passive.

Despite, none scoring high points to be ranked innovators or leaders, cities like Amsterdam and Hong Kong have ranked high in terms of adopting sustainable modes of transport.

Owing to advanced infrastructure and regulation, cities in North America are leading in the early testing and rollout of autonomous vehicles.

However, the early deployment of autonomous vehicles in shared modes such as shuttles and taxis is more likely in advanced Asia-Pacific cities such as Singapore and Tokyo, and European cities such as Helsinki, Zurich, Paris, and London.

The aim is to highlight how cities are addressing rapid urbanisation, vehicle density, aging infrastructure, and transportation-related emissions, factors stressing the urban mobility system.

In regard to rapid urbanisation and growth in in urban population, one in 12 people lives in cities, and they account for 15% of the 1.3 billion total global vehicle population.

This results in a cost burden of $300+ billion due to congestion and 20% of transport related greenhouse gas emissions.

Shwetha Surender, Mobility Industry Principal at Frost & Sullivan, said: “Strategic collaborations among public and private stakeholders in terms of operating models, car usage, multimodal journey planning, and payment options will drive innovative mobility models, particularly Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) initiatives in cities.

 “Vehicle occupancy rate is approximately 35% to 40% in cities, but shared mobility can improve vehicle utilization by 85%, which will not only decrease on-road vehicle miles travelled, but also relieve congestion and free up 20% of street space used for parking.”

Franck Leveque, Partner and Mobility Business Unit Leader at Frost & Sullivan, said: “Autonomous vehicles can simultaneously reduce road accidents to zero and bring down travel costs by 30% by decreasing congestion and eliminating the need for human operators. Overall, autonomous vehicles can potentially lead to a 4% savings in the gross domestic product (GDP).”