How is transport aiding equity? What is the future of clean mobility? And why are people hesitant about automation? In this part of the 2022 Expert Outlook, we speak to three experts about the ways in which people move around their built environments and how they are changing.
Prof. David Levinson teaches at the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Sydney, where he leads TransportLab and the Transport Engineering research group and directs the Master of Transport. His research interests span transport, including engineering, design, policy, planning, geography, and economics. His most recent research emphasises transport-land use interactions, accessibility, and transport system evolution.
Claudia Adriazola-Steil is the director of health and road safety at the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, where she focuses on the intersection of sustainable mobility, climate change, public health and equity.
Greg Lindsay is a journalist, urbanist, futurist, and speaker. He is the director of applied research at NewCities and director of strategy at its mobility offshoot, CoMotion. He is also a non-resident senior fellow of the Atlantic Council’s foresight, strategy, and risks initiative and a senior fellow of MIT’s Future Urban Collectives Lab. He’s been cited as an expert on the future of cities, technology, and mobility by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, USA Today, CNN, NPR, and the BBC.
Sophie Robinson is a behavioural analyst for Canvas8. With a background in anthropology, she’s experienced in understanding the cultural mechanisms that shape the world. When not working, she’s making documentaries for her MA programme or wild swimming.
Sabrina Faramarzi is an international journalist, trend analyst, and data storyteller. Her work explores patterns across sociocultural phenomena through a future-focused lens, with an interest in new media development and storytelling innovations. Faramarzi has worked and written for publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Vogue Business, Wired, and VICE, and has helped brands such as Google, Meta, Airbnb, Lush, Tempur, Regus, and GSK to create relevant content for their audiences. She founded Dust in Translation, a boutique creative storytelling agency helping organisations build and produce innovative, data-driven content and communications strategies.
From e-scooters and e-bikes to shared ownership models, micromobility has become common. Hoping to tap this in Japan is Mitsubishi and Nissan’s eco ‘mini vehicle’. While mini transport previously appealed mostly to Japanese Older Adults, The Leaf's eco-credentials court a wider audience.
The pandemic was reason enough for people to get comfortable with e-commerce, and industries were scrabbling to create safe and satisfying online purchase journeys. Nissan@Home is a platform that aims to make it easy to build, test drive, and buy a car from the comfort of your couch.
Electric micro vehicles, such as e-scooters and e-bikes, are poised to transform urban mobility in the UK. With mental health challenges prevailing post-pandemic, can the high uptake of e-scooters by Gen Z reveal what young people value in their modes of transport as well as their lives in general?
From issues around congestion to air pollution, many Americans have been seeking more accessible and sustainable transport for their commute. Canvas8 polled 1,100 Americans and spoke to ten people to get their views on whether e-bikes and e-scooters are viable alternatives.