Urban populations are increasing. The pressure on public space is increasing. Therefore it is more important than ever to think carefully about the use of public space. Challenge for cities is to provide an attractive and healthy living environment and sustainable, safe and accessible transportation for all.

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Urbanisation and urban mobility trends

Meanwhile three important trends are changing urban mobility: Digitalization enables Mobility-as-a-Service and easy introduction of new (shared) mobility modes. Automation of vehicles and connected mobility will alter the role (and responsibility) of the driver. Electrification of mobility lowering emissions and costs.

Historically, the dominant form of mobility has had a strong impact on the shape of the city. What if urban mobility is being dominated by big tech? Will they be able to influence our travel behaviour? Will they be able to influence property value?

Challenges urban mobility strategy

In order to enable stakeholders to reap the benefits of these technologies and prevent them to be confronted with possible adverse effects, TNO provides insight in the societal ramifications of these trends for public and private stakeholders. With Urban Strategy, we make knowledge applicable for stakeholders on:

    • Travel behaviour: why, when, where and how will people travel in the future? How do new mobility options affect travel behaviour? And what are the levers to influence that behaviour?
    • Traffic and logistics: what is impact on (energy) infrastructure, congestion and accessibility?
    • Environment and safety: what are the impacts on air quality, greenhouse gas emissions and noise? How do new technologies and the way we travel affect traffic safety?
  • Economic effects: which regions are affected positively and which regions are affected negatively by changes in infrastructure? How are the benefits and burdens of mobility investments divided over income classes and communities?

Digital Twins with Urban Strategy

With the Digital City Twin (Urban Strategy) as an enabler, we support public and private stakeholders to shape future mobility with challenges such as:

    • How do we plan multiple roadworks? What is the impact of lowering speed limits in the entire city?
    • What will be the effect of Mobility-as-a-Service? How does the city keep grip on the use of public space when supply and demand is being matched by a private platform provider? How do we optimize shared vehicles so that they contribute to a car light strategy?
    • What will be the role of Public Transport in a situation where the price of (shared) vehicles drops due to electrification? How much public space do we want to sacrifice for mobility?
  • How will shared automated vehicles (‘robotaxis’) be used, how will they affect the use of urban roads? Will lower income groups benefit from these technologies in the same manner as medium/high income groups?

We enable cities to manage these forces that power and shape future mobility in such a way that it contributes to an attractive, healthy, safe, sustainable and accessible city for all.

Experiences with Urban Strategy

Urban Strategy has been applied in a large number of projects. These projects differ in use case, location and scale. To give an impression of the fields of application of Urban Strategy, we listed some examples:

City of Amsterdam: Integral Urban Planning

Challenge

The city is growing within its limited boundaries. Newly built-up areas to be developed will lead to increasing pressure on the mobility system and the environment.

Approach

Jointly identify complex challenges and bottlenecks, using Urban Strategy to assess, monitor and evaluate system interventions. Close the “learning cycle” and validate assumptions with the real-time data.

Result

Continuous support in challenge to redevelop parts of the city while maintaining accessibility. Currently focused on the redevelopment of the Amsterdam Zuidas business district.

Digital Twin Antwerp: Real Time Traffic and Air Quality

Challenge

Urban Traffic is affecting air quality. The challenge in Antwerp was to create a proof of concept of the integration of sensor information and predictive traffic models to enable real-time insight, forecasts and management information.

Approach

Together with Imec and PTV, a Digital Twin of the city of Antwerp was built to demonstrate the combination of real-time traffic prediction and the resulting air quality impacts with the use of a sensor network.

Result

Successful implementation and demonstration of the Digital Twin Antwerp, integrating sensor information with real-time predictive models on traffic and air quality.

Singapore E-bus simulation platform: Bus electrification strategies

Challenge

Collaboration on assessment of concrete use-cases and (what-if) scenarios for bus electrification in Singapore. Goal: Complete electrification in 2040 of Singapore’s 6,000 buses.

Approach

Assessment framework, development and application of e-Bus simulation model on different scenarios for E-Bus deployment strategies, taking into account charging strategies, routing, weather, etc. Knowledge transfer to LTA.

Result

Assessment of use-cases (what-if) scenarios. Tailored tooling for LTA as a central instrument for informed decision making.

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