Getting ready for the future of mobility

The index ranks 30 cities across the world on mobility ecosystem development, examining how prepared they are to incorporate new mobility technologies and what they are doing to reshape urban mobility. The top five cities are Singapore, Amsterdam, London, Shanghai and New York.

Amsterdam: “forward-thinking and user-centric”

Its relatively compact size sets Amsterdam apart from the rest of the top ten entries in the ranking, which are mainly sprawling metropolitan areas. The index lauds the Dutch capital’s “robust infrastructure, extensive public transportation system and efforts to downplay the automobile as a transport mode” as well as its support for the use of electric vehicles and other alternative forms of transport with new policies and facilities. “Cities destined to become tomorrow’s mobility leaders are forward-thinking and user-centric,” says Guillaume Thibault, one of the creators of the index, in a press statement. 

Keeping an eye on the bigger picture

Key to success, according to the index, is a city’s ability to take a holistic view on the development of its mobility ecosystems, ensuring it is always able to incorporate advanced technologies and create seamless multimodal networks. Working closely with academic researchers and the private sector is crucial as well, and the index emphasises the fact that Amsterdam has attracted considerable private investment. 

The research was conducted in collaboration with the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. The in-depth analysis included five categories: social impact, liveability, system efficiency, innovation and market attractiveness. Factors shared by the top five cities in the ranking include established public transit systems, long-term investment, fast adoption of new technologies, an engaged private sector – including innovative startups – and forward-looking policies that aim for growth.

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