Smart city technologies can make daily commutes faster
Smart-mobility apps have the potential to cut commuting times by 15-20%
- July 04, 2018 21:30
- Monika Dimitrova
Millions of people in cities begin and end every workday fuming in traffic or piling into overcrowded buses and trains. Improving the daily commute is critical to quality of life for all of us. In general, cities with extensive, well-used transit systems benefit from applications that streamline the experience for riders. Using digital signage or mobile apps to deliver real-time information about delays enables riders to adjust their routes on the fly. Installing IoT sensors on existing physical infrastructure can help crews fix problems before they turn into breakdowns and delays.
By 2025, cities that deploy smart-mobility applications have the potential to cut commuting times by 15-20% on average, with some people enjoying even larger reductions. The potential associated with each application is highly variable, depending on each city’s density, existing transit infrastructure, and commuting patterns. In a dense city with extensive transit, smart technologies could save the average commuter almost 15 minutes a day. In a developing city with more grueling commutes, the improvement might be 20-30 minutes every day.