The City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) conducted an extensive study of urban mobility patterns and evolving technology and the implications of their development on sustainability in the future. Published in a report titled “Urban MOBILITY in a Digital Age”, the LADOT outlined the city’s transportation technology strategy for the coming years, with a particularly significant focus on the role of autonomous vehicles. The strategy, developed by Ashley Z. Hand an architect experienced in smart city development, proceeds from an understanding of the City of Los Angeles’s overall goals for urban transportation and sustainability and seeks to solve these challenges by integrating new technologies and the service models these enable.

The strategy conceives of a service based model as the future of urban mobility, from Data, a rapid exchange of data between public authorities, residents, and private companies or service providers; Mobility, adopting a technology aided, on-demand transportation model; and Infrastructure, expanding access to public infrastructure on a pay-as-you-go basis.

The report offers policy recommendations and concrete steps to take in realizing five objectives: Build a solid data foundation, Leverage tech + design for a better transportation experience, Create partnerships for more shared services, Establish feedback loops for services + infrastructure, Prepare for an automated future. The strategy outlines a path to realizing these goals, proceeding through the development timeline from Today, to Tomorrow, and the Future. Additionally, the report also proposes a number of pilot projects which the report’s author believes would lend strong support to the city’s efforts of realizing its goals.

Read the LADOT strategy here 

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