New Mobility

Connectivity, automation, sharing and electric propulsion are enabling seismic change across all aspects of mobility – from the way we commute to how we plan and develop infrastructure for the cities of today and the future.

New Mobility Will Transform Cities

The introduction of connected and autonomous vehicle technologies and technology-driven mobility services, such as private companies providing new mobility services such as ride-hailing and car-sharing services, presents great opportunities and challenges for everyone.

Policy & Planning

Connected and autonomous vehicles and new mobility services are becoming increasingly available and they’re challenging decades of government policy, as well as the fundamental assumptions of transportation and land-use planning. These technologies and services, and, in particular, the potential of these technologies and services, is creating great uncertainty with regards to future travel demand, travel behaviour, vehicle ownership and the safety and capacity of transportation systems. 

One of the key elements in providing efficient transportations systems, will be that are space efficient. After prioritising walking and cycling in cities, this will require simultaneous sharing of vehicles thus decreasing the current sharp boundaries between private vehicles, taxis and public transit services. 

Robust planning strategies can no longer ignore these implications. Through internal and external research and process development, WSP is establishing methods to help agencies proactively develop policies and evaluate scenarios for various advanced technology futures. 

In the US, our experts are working in multiple sites and with numerous partners, such as in Maryland and Michigan, where WSP is responsible for developing and deploying the roadside infrastructure that communicates with vehicles being tested at MCity, one of the few testing campuses in the world dedicated to C/AV technology.

In the UK, WSP is the CAV Project Implementation Partner for Highways England; enabling the development of a world class ecosystem for CAV deployment. WSP is also well positioned as leading advisors on electric vehicle policy, charging infrastructure provision and implementation of low emission zones. Ian Patey, Head of Profession for Intelligent Transport in the UK said “Working alongside Highways England, Transport for London and Kent County Council to create connected corridors is the first exciting step in embracing new technology and services in road travel.” 

WSP published a guide that assists government officials in determining the necessary infrastructure and policy changes brought by the advent of connected and autonomous vehicles. 
In Australia, WSP is working with partners to understand how the introduction of connected and autonomous vehicle will affect road operators. We are also participating in route assessments for fully automated, driverless, buses. 

 

The large-scale introduction of self-driving vehicles will have major impacts on our urban centres.

Mobility and Freight Pricing

WSP has a long history designing pricing and regulatory frameworks from incentivizing the uptake of cleaner vehicles to congestion charging. New mobility services, mobility as a service (in a European definition), will create multimodal packages of offerings that will inherently mean new pricing models for transportation and a need for the public sector to react to that. 

The pricing of individual mobility services by private suppliers and the interplay between those and the societal incentives and market regulations will together determine what travel choices will be made by individual consumers and on an aggregated level how efficient the transport system will be. Simultaneously with a need for holistic pricing policies over different modes, it is important to realise that existing policies may not be effective for their intended purpose in the future. Car ownership and fuel taxes, as well as parking charges may lose their effectiveness. New technology has even in mobility pricing a role to play. 

 

Planning & Design

Roadside Infrastructure: We design and specify the roadside infrastructure that enables connectivity between vehicles – V2V & V2I 

Telecommunications Expertise: We provide the telecommunications expertise that supports connected and autonomous vehicle applications and services; including EV charging and payment for services. 

Data Management, Warehousing and Integration: We design and operate systems that manage large volumes of data from connected vehicles and translate that data into usable information for transportation management centers and/or agency-specific applications. 

Systems Design & integration: We specify, design and integrate the systems that enable connected, autonomous and electric vehicles and services to function – combined with the systems needed for payments and sharing. 

 

Network Operations and Safety

Connected, Autonomous and Ultra Low Emissions Vehicles all have the potential to disrupt current models for operating road and network operations. Their introduction to transport networks has implications on the safe operation of those networks.

At WSP we have developed models to consider the operational and safety implications of CAV and ULEV on transport networks that enable road authorities to plan for their introduction – by considering the overall system rather than individual elements. The balanced framework approach allows the potential positive and negative impacts of these disruptive technologies to be assessed in an objective manner, considering, for example, how existing infrastructure may need to be adapted or replaced. In the UK we have used this approach for the first real life connected corridors and a trial of truck platooning. 

 


Insights

New Mobility Pilots Future Aviation

The Aviation Addendum to the New Mobility Now report offers a look at the changing world of aviation in light of developments related to the automated, connected, electric and shared aspects of New Mobility.

New Mobility Helps Shape Customer-Centric Public Transport

The Public Transport Addendum to the New Mobility Now report offers a look at the changing public transport sector in light of the automated, connected, electric and shared aspects of New Mobility—with a focus on bus and rail-based modes.

Designing a Smarter Road for Colorado

Innovative mobility services continue to emerge in urban centers, leveraging the latest GPS, fare integration and detection technologies. While much of this innovation has been spurred by the private market, the tools also provide transit agencies with an opportunity to redefine public transportation.


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