Shared and Inter-modal urban mobility
Advances in networking, algorithmic optimization, and onboard vehicle technology are converging to bring about a revolution in urban mobility. Today’s mobility landscape is compartmentalized into distinct transportation modes, including private cars, taxis, bikes, mass transportation – categories that are poised to erode. The application of digital control systems will draw hyperlinks and reconfigurations, realizing sharable infrastructures and tightening the links between mobility systems.
Energy and mobility systems
Of many future possibilities, electric systems (battery and fuel cell based) are currently the most promising means of significantly reducing vehicle emissions. However, widespread transition from gas to electric is predicated on the deployment of new charging infrastructure. There are a broad spectrum of associated challenges, including optimizing the locations of individual charging stations, satisfying massive vehicle energy demands with the existing power grid, and ascertaining the impact of charging strategies on driver behavior.
Ambient Mobility will investigate the symbiotic relationship between shared, intermodal mobility systems and the urban energy landscape, endeavoring to anticipate the impact of charging station networks, charging technology, driver’s behaviors, as well as vehicle and ride sharing on systemic energy consumption spatio-temporal patterns. Findings will inform the development of ‘smart hardware’ solutions, such as vehicle power train or new personal mobility systems – the technology of the Ambient Mobile City.