The Future of Mobility
There is now more opportunity than ever for innovative solutions to the UK’s transport needs. The government is due to publish its Future of Urban Mobility Strategy shortly, but is it too late to set the agenda?
From the explosion in ride hailing apps, on-demand transport options such as dockless bikes, or the availability of electric vehicles, the urban mobility landscape in the UK is dramatically different from five years ago.
The Government Office of Science’s recent report on the Future of Mobility drew attention to important developments in the transport sector, including the automation and electrification of vehicles. Indeed, Transport Minister Jesse Norman MP has stated we are in a “moment of disruptive change” but the sector “is not going to be dominated by a single invention or technological breakthrough … [this will] offer great opportunities for British business and industry to create new products, to conquer markets and ultimately to build economic value.”
However, is there is a risk for new ideas which have not yet been tested in the court of public opinion? How can companies provide leadership?
So is it too late to set the agenda? No. Businesses that plan to scale quickly in the future will have to if they are to meet the public’s expectations. Innovation can be used to inform and shape the regulatory landscape. Decision makers and communities alike respond well to being involved in early discussions about how new technology can meet their needs, rather than reacting to it. This is a useful start point.