If we follow the excessive increase in the vehicle fleet and the prioritization of this means of transport over the quality of life of people, our inheritance for the next generations will only be problems.
"Cities and mobility services have been developed from the beginning for man. This was said by Euisun Chung, Executive Vice President of Hyundai Motor Company at the Movility Innovators Forum on November 7 in San Francisco, California. At that meeting, leaders in technology, urban planning and transport services discussed what the future of cities would look like. Euisun Chung also stated that work should be done on the study of an anthropocentric future to ensure an optimal life for city dwellers. This is the only way to find solutions for future cities.
Anthropocentric mobility as a future
Can you imagine cities where road accidents don't have to be so frequent, and where there is no traffic? Can you visualize transport driven by clean energy and low costs? We are currently at a critical point at world level, as we have to decide whether we want to continue promoting old models of mobility, or innovate and create the right conditions for enjoying cities. In order to achieve these new mobility structures it is necessary to return to the model where everything was created around man, that is, the anthropocentric model.
When we talk about anthropocentric mobility, just as Euisun Chung mentioned during the Movility Innovators Forum, we mean that it should revolve around the needs of people, not motorised cars. And what do people look for in a transport system? It must be safe, efficient, clean, low-cost and fast; in short, it must meet the needs of the citizens.
This means stopping driving infrastructure such as vehicle bridges, road and avenue widening, or parking lots; and instead working on improving sidewalks, bicycle lanes and innovative ideas for optimal and clean mobility such as car sharing or the use of hybrid or autonomous cars. In short: to promote alternatives that help provide quality of life.
On the other hand, anthropocentric mobility supports the emergence of new business ecosystems that seek to bring comfort and security to people. Examples of this are Uber or DiDi, which through the use of technology have been able to implement the ride-hailing model, a safer taxi and easy access anywhere in the city. Another example would be Bussi and AllRide, which with their shared trips, promise the reduction of gas emissions by reducing the number of cars circulating in the city thanks to their carpooling and vanpooling services.
How can mobility begin to change in Mexico?
As mentioned above, anthropocentric mobility would be a great solution for most cities. And Mexico is no exception, fortunately, some innovative ideas have begun to reach the country with technological startups that provide their services to reduce the number of cars circulating.
On the other hand, public transport must also be improved to provide safety for its users. Companies such as Klustera and Handsurf, for example, have begun to help in this part by obtaining data through intelligent cameras, for the improvement of routes, security and arrival of units to make more efficient public transport.
Some governments have also begun to implement mobility strategies that prioritize people's well-being by improving sidewalks, expanding cycle paths, and giving access to new transportation alternatives such as micromobility.
As we can see, the mobility system of cities must be sustainable for people, because it is they who drive the world. And thanks to a new mobility structure that prioritizes them, we can guarantee 100% affordable cities ready for the future.