Orchestrating Future Mobility

By Laurent Mezzini, Director of City Flow & Energy Solutions at Alstom

See below to download the White Paper “Orchestrating future mobility “

With rapid urbanization, the need for seamless and efficient mobility which reduces congestion and pollution has become key to a city’s attractivity. The transportation sector is responsible for one third of global CO2 emissions and traffic congestion costs are estimated to be hundreds if not thousands of billions of euros worldwide.

Multimodal mobility allows for the better utilization of public space and greater transportation efficiency.

New connected transportation modes are emerging, allowing cities to propose multimodal solutions to address traffic congestion more efficiently and improve their own attractivity. Multimodal mobility brings a more efficient use of public space and transportation system efficiency by combining a high-capacity public transport backbone with  new modes of mobility (shared, on demand, autonomous, electrical) for lower density zones and last miles.

Mobility as a Service (MaaS) platforms are emerging, giving users the possibility to optimize their mobility by accessing  various modes through a single point of entry and to plan, book and pay for their trips. Users become the masters of their mobility, choosing the best options with real time and accurate information.

Adapting transport capacity to mobility demand.

Alstom has developed a multimodal orchestration solution called Mastria to optimize the use of multimode transportation capacity in the case of not only daily traffic patterns but also in anticipation of big events, or in reaction to incidents or a specific meteorological occurrence . Mastria connects the data of various mobility actors, both public or private, along with weather and pollution information, which can have a great effect on traffic and the mode of transportation users choose, on a single big data platform.

  • In the case of an incident, the multimodal management helps to better coordinate different actors to quickly return traffic to normal and to limit the impact on passengers and commuters
  • Some key events like concerts or sports events which generate abnormal flows of people can be anticipated and better prepared for.
  • Unfavorable weather such as  heavy rains or snow impacts road traffic, pushing drivers to use public transport and creating additional flow. The same occurs when pollution peaks as some cities are imposing traffic restrictions.

Data analysis helps authorities to monitor and act on key indicators linked to the efficiency of mobility systems e and the utilization of public space,  for instance, the modal share evolution, occupancy and congestion rate of transport modes, adherence to timetables, users hours saved by multimodal management and  potentially citizens’ satisfaction. Integrated simulation routines also allow to better plan investments by assessing the impact that capacity increases or  timetables changes have on mobility fluidity.By collecting information on multimodal flows, Mastria can help cities better understand   their mobility needs and can provide adequate solutions.

A user-centric mobility for all citizens.

Tomorrow the weather forecast announces storms and heavy rains, and Ann would rather use public transport to commute as to avoid unpleasant surprises in the road traffic. No way she is going to use her car or a shared scooter or bike! But Ann isn’t the only one who has this idea and so she appreciates that the transport authorities have anticipated an increase in passengers by asking their operators to check their availability and adapt their services. She checks the exact timetable and connections which are being updated in real time by the multimodal coordinator on her app and she’s ready to go.

On another day, disruptions are expected in the public transport, and Leila checks what alternative she has between ride sharing, taking a cab, calling a private car, taking an on-demand shuttle or using an electric scooter or bike sharing service. She is not the only one considering these options of course and the demand is greater today for such services. Happily, the multimodal coordinator had anticipated this uptick and provides her with updated and accurate information from the various operators to guarantee the optimization of  the fleets that will be heavily-used today

The White Paper « Orchestrating future mobility » can be downloaded here!