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What is Smart Mobility?

Updated at 18 Feb, 2022

— Smart mobility is a new and revolutionary approach to transportation that is greener, safer, and more efficient. Smart mobility provides genuine convenience.

What is Smart Mobility?

The rapid integration of digital technology into our transportation infrastructure is paving the way for a new era – the age of Smart Mobility. In urban areas across the United States and the rest of the world, this innovative approach is redefining how we move.

Smart Mobility Solutions are not just a buzzword; they are a response to the pressing challenges of our time. With congestion choking our cities and vehicle emisions clouding our air, the traditional transportation system is under strain. It’s here that Smart Mobility comes into play, promising a cleaner, more efficient, and more sustainable future for urban mobility.

What is Smart Mobility?

Smart Mobility is the sophisticated integration of various transport modes with cutting-edge technologies like sensors, big data, artificial intelligence, and telematics. It’s the bedrock upon which smart cities are beginning to build new, green mobility solutions.

How Smart Mobility Connects bigger cities

Here's How Smart Mobility Works:

  1. Traffic Management: By employing advanced algorithms and real-time data, cities can adapt traffic signals dynamically to ease traffic flow, reducing congestion and traffic jams.

  2. Public Transport Revolutionized: Smart Mobility places public transportation at its core. By leveraging real-time data and intelligent infrastructure, it enhances the efficiency and user-friendliness of public transport systems.

  3. A Boost for Electric Vehicles (EVs): Smart Mobility is inextricably linked with the surge of electric vehicles. With EVs central to urban mobility planning, cities are reducing their carbon footprint and moving toward sustainable mobility.

  4. Mobility as a Service (MaaS): Think of it as the Netflix for transport. Users can access a variety of mobility services – from ride-sharing to bike rentals – through a single MaaS platform. It’s convenient, it’s smart, and it’s the future of urban commuting.

Smart mobility through the use of a smart phone

Why Should We Care about Smart Mobility?

For starters, it tackles noise and air pollution head-on, promoting health and environmental sustainability. It offers a solution to the seemingly endless traffic that plagues urban areas. And as intelligent transportation systems develop, the Smart Mobility market is expected to expand, creating opportunities for innovation and employment.

Importantly, Smart Mobility is not a one-size-fits-all solution. It’s an adaptable and flexible approach, tailored to meet the unique needs and challenges of different communities. In this ecosystem, the transportation network is no longer just a system of roads and rails; it is a connected, intelligent entity that learns and evolves.

Examples of Smart Mobility in Action

Autonomous Public Transportation

  1. Example: In several cities in the United States and around the world, autonomous buses and shuttles are being trialed as part of urban mobility planning.

  2. Technology: These vehicles use a combination of sensors, telematics, and artificial intelligence to navigate urban areas without a human driver, promising a potential solution to traffic congestion.

Smart Traffic Management Systems

  1. Example: In various North American cities, intelligent traffic signals adapt to real-time traffic flow, effectively reducing traffic jams and congestion during peak hours.

  2. Technology: These systems use big data analytics, sensors, and intelligent infrastructure to continuously monitor and adapt to traffic patterns.

Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) Platforms

  1. Example: Apps like Whim in Europe offer people the ability to plan and pay for various types of transport – from public transportation to ride-sharing – all in one place.

  2. Technology: These platforms are powered by robust APIs that aggregate data from various transport providers, combined with user-friendly mobile interfaces.

Smart Parking Solutions

  1. Example: In San Francisco, the SFpark program uses data to adjust parking prices based on demand, making it easier to find a parking spot while reducing traffic caused by drivers searching for parking.

  2. Technology: IoT sensors monitor parking space occupancy in real time, while big data and intelligent mobility algorithms adjust prices dynamically.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Networks

  1. Example: Companies in the United States, like ChargePoint, are creating extensive, user-friendly networks of electric vehicle charging stations.

  2. Technology: IoT devices monitor station availability and usage patterns, while mobile apps give drivers real-time information and payment options.

Bike and Scooter Sharing Programs

  1. Example: Lime and Bird, among others, have deployed fleets of electric scooters in urban areas around the world, offering a green mobility solution that complements existing transport modes.

  2. Technology: GPS and telematics track the location and status of each scooter, while mobile apps manage rentals and payments.

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) for Freight

  1. Example: In several regions, smart mobility solutions are being used to optimize freight and logistics. Trucks equipped with intelligent transportation technology can choose the best routes to avoid traffic and reduce fuel consumption.

  2. Technology: These systems utilize advanced telematics, AI, and big data to continuously monitor traffic conditions and vehicle performance.

In each of these examples, the core technology components — sensors, data analytics, AI, telematics, and intelligent infrastructure — are working seamlessly together.

They illustrate how smart mobility services are not futuristic concepts; they are practical, impactful solutions that are being deployed in cities today to address real-world transportation challenges, reduce congestion, and lead us toward sustainable mobility.


In conclusion, Smart Mobility is not just a concept; it is the inevitable future of transportation. It’s where artificial intelligence meets asphalt, data meets drive, and sustainability meets solution.

As we continue to witness the convergence of these technologies and infrastructure, we can be certain that Smart Mobility is not just a passing trend – it’s a roadmap for the future of transport in our urban centers. - Peter Falkesgaard Ørts

Article by

Peter Falkesgaard Ørts

CEO / Co-Founder / Sales / Hardware

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