Today’s cities are evolving towards a model of “open cities” or “cities of the future,” creating a space for smartphone apps and other resources that facilitate shared mobility. These “new cities” are already a reality where shared resources are being put into practice. Based on connectivity and applicable to transportation, they make an important contribution to sustainability by promoting forms of mobility such as “carsharing” and “shared parking.”
Under the general theme “Better City, Better Life,” the objective of the day is to promote interest in urbanization and push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world. New cities should be designed for living together, create opportunities, allow for connection and engagement, and facilitate the sustainable use of shared resources.
Shared mobility platforms such as Uber, Cabify, MyTaxi, Car2GO, Emov, Avancar, Bluemove, Ecooltra and BlaBlaCar are becoming more common and more popular. These platforms improve the user experience and respond to the needs of the consumer in regard to mobility and ease.
New cities should be designed for living together, create opportunities, and facilitate the sustainable use of resources.
Every day, new opportunities are created that take a further step beyond simply sharing, and offer even more. Applications such as Free2move, which includes different carsharing providers present in one city; Parkapp, which helps you find parking in an easy and comfortable way; or Drivy, for renting individually-owned cars located near you.
All of these new apps and initiatives are already working in many cities worldwide and in the majority of Spain’s major cities. For example, in Europe there’s Carpooling.com, a platform connecting people in more than 40 cities such as Berlin, Paris, Barcelona, Milan, Athens, Vienna, and many others so drivers can offer a spot in their vehicles or riders can reserve one to complete their travel plans.
Even in Latin America there are services that integrate carsharing into organizations and universities, like Aventones, a private network that facilitates and promotes sharing within trusted communities.
Investments are also being made in mobility apps that offer more options to drivers and make resource sharing easier. For example, there are collaborative platforms such as WeSmartPark and DriveSmart, cutting-edge Spanish developers of digital tools for mobility.
As for other, more sustainable forms of energy, for almost seven years now Repsol and the Basque Energy Agency (EVE) have been behind IBIL, a charging company for electric vehicles. We also participate in other alternatives to promote “mobility in the city of the future” such as the project developed by Scutum or our commitment to AutoGas, an environmentally friendly fuel that reduces vehicle emissions.
All these options are responses to the new demands created by the cities of “the future” due to their rapid growth.