Nine out of ten cars could be removed from cities in the future if Intelligent Transport Systems are properly implemented, according to a report from the International Transport Forum.
It says that, while the share of private cars in urban mobility remains stubbornly high despite heavy investment into public transport systems over the past decades, ITS could be the “game changer” by making public transport responsive to the mobility demands of citizens in real time.
“Our modelling shows that it is possible to take 9 out of 10 cars off city streets if private cars are replaced by shared vehicles. ITS technologies empower us to provide shared mobility with similar levels of flexibility and travel times as private cars”, said ITF Secretary-General José Viegas. “If we can organise mobility more efficiently, that will greatly reduce emissions, air pollution, congestion, accidents and noise.”
The ITF will be championing this view at the ITS World Congress in Bordeaux next week, where Mr Viegas will present ITF work on upgrading urban mobility systems to Ministers from around the world at the Ministerial Roundtable on “ITS addressing Climate Change” chaired by the French Minister of Transport and the European Commissioner for Transport on Monday. The key results of this Roundtable will be communicated in a Manifesto to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (“COP21”) in Paris in December.