As cities go carless, how can issues of mobility be solved? Peter Berger, director of business development for Woven Planet Holdings Inc., has answers.
The advent of increased restrictions on urban driving is promising to transform mobility for people, vehicles and business. “We’re focused on adapting to the changing environment and trying to improve people’s quality of life,” says Berger. It’s a question of determining the optimal mix of transportation options. And that will require a “reshuffling” of the supply chain, with major changes in the middle and last mile of deliveries.
“It’s not only going to fundamentally rewrite how people live their lives, but will allow us to rethink how we interact with our cities,” Berger says.
The impact on logistics will, of course, be substantial. Cities and other communities will need to strike a balance between the need to manage traffic congestion, while still making possible the rapid delivery of products to customers. In addition, people must be given the option of traveling from their homes or remaining there to receive their orders. “There’s going to be a portion of society that wants to enjoy the ability to go somewhere,” Berger says. “All of us are tired of being trapped in our homes.”
When it comes to logistics, “We want to be able to facilitate high-quality deliveries in short order,” he adds. “But we also want to see greater efficiency in the movement of people.” Possible tools to achieve those goals include autonomous vehicles, both commercial and passenger, and robots.
As mobility evolves, Berger envisions a future where people and organizations partner to realize shared goals to improve quality of life and the environment. “There’s going to be so many fundamental changes in the next decade or so,” he says. “The future is going to be incredibly dynamic.”
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