Without shared infrastructure and a collaborative approach, siloed operating systems and data will limit the transformational impact of multimodal mobility, and smart cities will remain only a dream. We need a mobility ecosystem based on shared infrastructure, where resources, data and value can be exchanged seamlessly.

15 Nov. 2018    by Boyd Cohen: CEO, Iomob

Iomob’s CEO, Boyd Cohen, explores the new models required to enable fair and more effective city mobility. Throughout the 20th century, the American dream was commonly depicted as moving out to the suburbs with a white picket fence and a car (usually a Ford) in the garage. Over the decades, this dream expanded to a larger home and a three-car garage to house cars for both parents and one for children of driving age.

The dream was birthed in the US and created a contagion in cities and countries around the globe. As our global population grew and our cities sprawled, the original American dream started looking more and more like a nightmare. Jane Jacobs, of course, poignantly and convincingly demonstrated how America’s fascination with the personal automobile contributed to the decay of culture and quality of life in cities.

Municipal, regional and national governments have spent trillions of dollars to build and maintain highway infrastructure (and major utility connections) for the growing suburban masses.

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