Smart city smart mobility

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PROGRESS on a £1.4m project that will make Dundee a test bed for some of the most innovative transportation technology in the world is set to be reported to councillors next week.

The city will be part of a joint drive to create and bring together smart mobility know how which meets social and economic priorities including reduced cost, congestion and carbon emissions as well as improving air quality.

Will Dawson convener of the city development committee said: “In Dundee we are already at the forefront of clean, efficient and integrated transport solutions, from electric cars and charging points to hybrid buses and smart ticketing.

“But it is vital that we do not sit back and think to ourselves that is the job done because technology continues to develop and emerge at a rapid pace in the transport sector.

“This scheme will bring some of the very latest innovations together in a co-ordinated and controlled way to demonstrate to interested public, Third Sector and private bodies how it could all work in a real-life environment.”

The city development committee will be told on Monday (March 27) that Dundee is one of four cities along with Aberdeen, Inverness and Stirling backed by money from the European Regional Development Fund to take on smart mobility through the Scottish Cities Alliance (SCA).

Scottish Cities Alliance was established to collaborate on economic development initiatives and includes all seven Scottish city local authorities. It has three main priority programmes for Scotland’s cities – the low carbon economy, city infrastructure investment and smart city.

There has already been considerable interest from cities in taking forward developments under the smart city banner using digital technology and data sensor technology in the fields of transport and mobility.

Smart connected vehicles and digital infrastructure in roads can make it easier for people to find available shared car club vehicles, hire bikes, access taxis and locate electric charging points. Technologies can also integrate traditional public transport real time data and smart ticketing along with Urban Traffic Control information.

The Smart Mobility project plans to work with industry and Transport Scotland to build on Dundee’s already leading position in smart travel, active travel and low carbon vehicles. 

It will deliver investment in the city that promotes shared use of private and public vehicles for consumers and corporate fleet managers.

Capital investment will be put into software and technology to enhance vehicle sharing that will broaden the public transport infrastructure and be used to create a smart mobility hub that will act as a physical demonstration project.

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