Mobility – a pressing issue


Mobility networks are expressions of our driven society. They help connect and embrace the human experience.

As a result, we have developed numerous and complex networks that transport us from one point to another. These networks have been driven by human curiosity, and enabled by technology and energy harvesting.

The first modern mobility networks took place in London in the 1800. Back then, London was one of the largest cities in the world, reaching 1 million people. The railway network transported commuters from the suburbs to the city center, and also helped the cotton and weaving growing industries putting its products on customers hands. Meanwhile, the center was crowded with horse-drawn carriages that served as the main means of transportation. In 1863, the first line of what was to become the London Underground, opened and 40 years later London became the world larges city with almost 7 million people.

Complex systems were made to handle such a demand. As a result, people were moving inside the city more effectively with greater throughput by the underground system. Furthermore, commuters spent less time coming in and out of the city in the railway, resulting in a greater demand at the time.

Today we face different and greater challenges. There are over 500 megacities worldwide, some of them have more than 20 million people (United Nations). At the same time, 25% of the world’s urban population live in informal settlements, jeopardizing social inclusion and access to basic services.

The truth is that humans and government rely on networks. We use networks to chase opportunities, access services, feel part of a society, exercise democracy, and make relationships. Similarly, governments utilize networks to bring economic growth, provide services, deploy policies, and access wealth.

Questions that came while reflecting on future mobility networks

– How does the mobility network of tomorrow look like?

– Where to harvest the energy to power these networks?

– Where does sustainability and equality fit in to these complex systems?


This post doesn't have any comment. Be the first one!

hide comments

This is a unique website which will require a more modern browser to work!

Please upgrade today!