Fostering innovative solutions for the future of mobility
Jacob Bangsgaard, CEO of ERTICO – ITS Europe, explains his vision for the future of mobility, alternative modes of travel and the environmental implications around them.
As mobility changes and the public begins to adopt new solutions, how do you think ERTICO’s role will change in encouraging the future of public transport and mobility?
ERTICO began in response to the need to bridge the gap between research and deployment, which then enables the delivery of concrete mobility services to users. We have been active in the field of mobility for 26 years. Throughout this time, we have coordinated many activities and closely followed the development of the industry, providing a strong impact in today’s mobility. Our strength is cooperation and inclusion, and as the market evolves, we evolve with it. After more than two decades, our role as a catalyst for deployment is more important than ever and we continue to strengthen our position as a thought leader for tomorrow’s smart mobility.
What do you think the primary goals for the transport sector should be in the next five years?
One of the main goals should be to guarantee affordable, safe and accessible mobility for all, as well as allowing frequent transport of goods and services that will satisfy demand. Through easily accessible mobility services, people can accomplish their personal and professional objectives and desires. Mobility is also essential to the economy – we need investment in transport for stronger markets, businesses and competitiveness. In this equation we need to consider the impact of transport on the environment. Creating a more sustainable transport network is an important goal for the future. Applications providing real-time information to travellers, connected infrastructure, electric and, eventually, autonomous vehicles, can improve urban mobility by reducing waiting times for public transport, congestion and CO2 emissions in urban areas.
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