The Future of Micromobility in Smart Cities

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By Dominique Bonte | 3Q 2019 | IN-5533


Two-Wheel Mobility Addresses Urban Congestion and Pollution Challenges


Two-wheel micromobility is taking on many forms as it spreads across the globe, from soon to be ubiquitous dockless electric scooters for short-term rental from the likes of Lime, Bird, and JUMP to motorbike ridesharing from Grab in Southeast Asia that includes the additional convenience of a driver. Thailand is even considering legalizing privately owned two-wheel vehicle ridesharing, such as GrabBike. At the same time, traditional docked bike-sharing, deployed across many cities over the past decade, is quickly evolving into dockless electric bike-sharing, for obvious convenience reasons. Larger electric motorbikes are now also becoming available for short term rental in many cities across Europe.

The shift toward electric micromobility not only allows the replacement of regular taxis and car sharing (and, to a lesser extent, car ownership) with two-wheel vehicles that are able to use the road space more flexibly and efficiently and thereby reduce congestion, but is also expected to contribute to the reduction of air polluti…

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