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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.
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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.
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.
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