Mobility innovation consortium launched in Miami-Dade
Posted: 3 July 2020 | Sam Mehmet (Intelligent Transport)
Miami-Dade County, with its 5,500 miles of public roads, airspace and maritime channels, is said to provide a complex and variegated mobility testing geography, representative of different kinds of urban geographies throughout the United States and beyond.
Miami-Dade County and virtual event CoMotion have announced the launch of CoMotion LAB MIAMI, a consortium of international, national and regional public and private stakeholders whose goal is improving mobility and transit in Miami-Dade County and Southern Florida.
C-LAB MIAMI aims to source and attract innovative ideas and technologies from around the world and test them through local proof of concepts and then develop policy recommendations in each particular focus area. C-LAB MIAMI activities are also designed to help spur economic growth and job creation as Miami-Dade and Florida begin to recover from the COVID-19 crisis.
Miami-Dade County Mayor, Carlos A. Gimenez, said: “CoMotion LAB MIAMI is designed to make our county a vibrant living lab of new mobility in order to create new services for our residents and thus jobs and economic activity.”
C-LAB is designed as an advanced and connected urban ‘playground’ for mobility innovation in which public rights of way in the County and in adjacent geographies are used to develop and validate new and commercially-viable transport technologies.
C-LAB is empowered by the Miami-Dade Department of Transportation and Public Works and other key public sector stakeholders in the county and the state to oversee mobility pilot zones and streamline administrative processes to test new mobility technologies and solutions. The first areas to be focused on in 2020/2021 are:
- Urban Air Mobility for EMS
- Smart kerb management and smart infrastructure
- Decarbonising maritime mobility in maritime and riverine cities
- New frameworks for public/private partnerships in transit (including data management and data governance).