Mark Thomas - New Mayor for Auckland

Future Cities: Transport Technology

A global review of future transport issues present at the Future of Cities conference has lighted both the key challenges confronting transport as well as expected new technologies.

The studies cover China, the USA, parts of Europe as well as general megacities. It even included a New Zealand study.

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Some of the challenges include uncertainly about the future energy mix and what price it will be provided at, climate change and the impact/acceptance of new transport technologies.

A range of new technologies and applications have already emerged which will transform transport and, hopefully, address the challenges.

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Obviously a number are still under development and the implications of many here are uncertain. They broadly fall into two categories: new enabling technology and new transport infrastructure.

Although the specific changes will be profound, there is an even wider potential societal impact depending in the direction of, ah, travel.

I’ll write about this in my next post.


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