Osborne Clarke: The future of urban mobility

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From the emergence of Uber taxis and ultra-fast railways to paperless tickets and smartphone travel apps, travelling around cities has changed dramatically in the past ten years. But with the population density of urban areas increasing across Europe – almost three-quarters of Europeans currently live in cities – more innovation is needed to ensure that people and goods can travel in a quick and effective yet safe manner.

This report, the second in a series of white papers produced in collaboration with The Lawyer Research Service, explores what urban mobility might look like in future smart cities. It examines which new technologies and business models are not only capable of fundamentally changing transport in cities but also have a realistic chance of being implemented at scale. We also analyse the challenges associated with introducing innovative solutions to the transport sector; how these obstacles can be overcome; and what the impact will be on incumbent market participants, be they existing transport operators or large automotive manufacturers.

We start with three case studies examining new business models and technology that have the potential to revolutionise travel.

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