The MITSENSEable City Lab held, at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge (Massachusetts, USA), a discussion forum on new modes of urban transportation that will change the way we move around the city.
Self-driving vehicles, drivers on demand and other new opportunities are on the horizon. California, for example, begun issuing driver licenses to self-driving cars.
After the opening remarks by Carlo Ratti, director of the SENSEable City Lab, the speakers – representatives of governments and research institutions, start up founders and industry managers – presented their visions on sustainable mobility, focusing on innovative technologies for driverless transportation, infrastructures for exploiting big data and sharing vehicles. During the discussion among the speakers and the large audience, the need for research-industry-government joint strategies emerged to foster a large scale deployment of technology solutions which are, in most cases, at a commercial level of development. The common objective is a more efficient and environmentally friendly mobility.
Christian Zulberti, researcher on “Sustainable Development and Innovation” at Enel Foundation, participated in the event, giving a speech on " Sustainable Urban Mobility Solutions". Starting from an analysis on the use of energy in cities, he spoke about the advantages of switching from a traditional mobility model, based on fossil-fueled vehicles, to new and sustainable mobility models, based on electric and shared vehicles (which can be considered “game changers” in the field of urban mobility).
This analysis by Zulberti is part of the "New Urban Mobility" research project (developed by Enel Foundation in partnership with the MIT SENSEable City Lab) that aims at studying new models of urban mobility based on car and taxi sharing and the deployment of self-driving vehicles. The first results of this project have been recently published on the journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) and presented on last October 30th in Rome, during a technical workshop organized by Enel Foundation.