Amsterdam a European leader in smart mobility

Amsterdam has been named as one of the world’s best cities for smart mobility. The Dutch capital took fifth place in a new study from consulting and research firm Frost & Sullivan. The Dutch capital was the second-highest European city on the list, following London, which came second after Singapore. Amsterdam was also ranked fourth in smart mobility innovation on a separate list of global cities.

 

Smart mobility in Amsterdam

The news is another boon for smart initiatives in Amsterdam. The Dutch capital is aiming to be emissions-free by 2025, with research, businesses and initiatives focused on smart mobility quickly changing the face of local transport. Cars, buses and boats are all going electric, including all taxis travelling from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The MaaS industry is also growing quickly and includes ridesharing company ViaVan and electric scooter rental service Felyx.

 

A record number of electric-vehicle charging stations are in operation throughout the city and can be located through social apps, and even Amsterdam’s historic canals are playing a part in the future of smart mobility in the city. Roboat project, a collaboration between MIT and the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions, is developing the world’s first self-driving boats for the city, with the aim of providing an innovative way to move people and goods.

 

How Frost & Sullivan want to change the face of mobility

Frost & Sullivan’s Smart Mobility City Tracker is an interactive, web-based study that clusters multiple data indices along several channels, including autonomous readiness, sustainability, digitisation, new mobility solutions, policy and regulatory framework, logistics performance and transport landscape and vision.

 

Frost & Sullivan aim for the study to empower cities pursuing smart mobility goals by providing them with insights as to the latest industry trends and regulatory outlook. It also offers a means for cities to compare themselves against other urban centres while helping them understand what consumers are willing to spend on new services. Additionally, the study provides an opportunity to learn about business models and best practices that have been adopted around the world and how they can be replicated.

 

In a press release, Shwetha Surender, mobility industry principal at Frost & Sullivan, said: “Strategic collaborations among public and private stakeholders in terms of operating models, car usage, multimodal journey planning, and payment options will drive innovative mobility models, particularly Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) initiatives in cities. Continuing, he emphasised the importance of shared mobility, saying it can “improve vehicle utilisation by 85%, which will not only decrease on-road vehicle miles travelled but also relieve congestion and free up to 20% of street space used for parking.”

 

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