Mobility Talks: ‘We can solve traffic problems now’ (Google)
According to Thierry Geerts of Google, we can reinvent mobility right now by going into the digital era. “It’s the era of the smartphone, let’s use it properly for our mobility.”
In 2020 we will already have more than 50 billion connected devices, a lot of them also give information about location, especially the smartphone. “We’re living the 4th industrial revolution, cyber physical systems are coming in, the next wave is Artificial Intelligence.”
In this approach we will have to reinvent everything, the car too. The autonomous car is coming, Thierry Geerts says. He’s drawing a parallel with Spotify: “I don’t need to posses CD’s anymore, I have Spotify. I have my music everywhere and I can learn about new music wherever I want to.”
“The same will happen with mobility: we can solve our mobility problem tomorrow, simply by not travelling asmuch as we do now. We just have to make better choices: travel less, ask ourselves about the need to go, and make up our mind when and how.”
More roads and more cars was yesterday’s solution
To build even more roads now is a solution from the past. People should travel more and more digitally. This is the line of reasoning:
- How can I avoid to travel?
- If I do have to travel, what are my alternatives?
- Can I share my journey with others?
- How can I optimize this journey?
- If I do have to travel, try to automate it as much as possible.
- Taking all this into account, what will be my CO2 reduction?
Conclusion is simple: make the best choice for every scenario, whatever the purpose.