The role of the government within the mobiliy ecosystem


The governmental role in reshaping the mobility ecosystem

What roles should the government play?

From enacting policy to funding R&D to engaging fleets of self-driving vehicles, government agencies have key roles to play in shaping the new mobility ecosystem. Plenty of questions remain about both the transportation of the future and how the public sector can lead in mobility innovation.

Governing the future of mobility

As companies, cities, and academic institutions explore new mobility models, what roles should the government play? This article explores the challenges and opportunities associated with three key functions:

  • As policymakers and regulators, governmental organizations can ensure public safety and security and provincial and local governments navigate this new territory. The policies and regulations the national government creates and implements can have make-or-break impacts on the maturation of mobility innovations.
  • As researchers and developers, they can help foster technological innovation. Where national and (some of the) EU research money are allocated, and how quickly policy decisions and grantmaking are made, can influence the market. They can serve as important arbiters balancing technological development with public safety and security as citizens adopt these new technologies.
  • As end-users, governmental organizations and local governments can improve government-operated fleets, invest in new related infrastructure, and spur state and local adoption of autonomous vehicles, shared mobility, and other new types of travel through their procurement decisions.

Deloitte published the 'Governing the future of mobility' report about the opportunities for the US government to shape the new mobility ecosystem.

Governing the future of mobility

What about the Netherlands?

The future of mobility is uncharted territory with enormous scope and complexity. Yet the Netherlands has seen change on this scale before - and the government has played a role in making it work. For example, our government helped to enable an innovative, competitive environment that allowed the Internet to evolve into the mature, interconnected, sustainable, and accessible platform it is today and has made Netherlands rank 4th in competitiveness.

In their roles as policymakers and regulators, researchers and developers, and end-users, governmental organizations have multiple opportunities to influence tomorrow’s mobility ecosystem. For every governmental body that plays a part in the new mobility ecosystem, there is a narrow - and closing - window to determine its role and define how it will help to shape our nation’s transportation future. And as a transport nation, finding the path to that future is vital to our competitiveness, wealth and prosperity.

Cross-sector series on Future of Mobility (FOM)

The governmental role for the future of mobility is part of the cross-sector series on future of mobility. Throughout this year we have shared an outside-in perspective on the future of mobility by looking at the various stakeholder groups through three different lenses: (1) the industry perspective, (2) the governmental perspective and (3) the user’s perspective.

In our Future of Mobility magazine we have combined all insights through the three lenses and hope it will enhance your understanding of the challenges and opportunities that lie within the shifting mobility ecosystem. Have an interesting read!

More information?

Do you want to know more about the governmental role in the Future of Mobility or the cross-sector series? Please visit our Future of Mobility website or contact Hans Teuben via or +31 (0)88 288 2006 or Maarten Oonk via or +31 (0)88 288 7792.

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