Led by CIHT Dubai, this event will look at an in-depth feasibility study conducted by the UK Connected Places Catapult and it's findings around last-mile mobility.
For those based in the UAE, this event will start at 18:00 GST.
The transport sector has been subject to a spate of innovations in recent years; from disruptive technologies such as ride-hailing apps revolutionising the taxi industry to the introduction of new modes such as e-scooters and autonomous shuttles. However, despite an increasing abundance of choice, better access to travel information and customer-focused propositions, the movement of people and goods in urban areas is still dominated by motor vehicles powered by fossil fuels leading to traffic, congestion, severance, poor air quality and significant carbon emissions.
Last mile mobility considers the transport of goods or people over short distances to complete end-to-end journeys or provide a modal connection to or from an origin or destination. The availability and efficiency of last mile mobility solutions and their integration with the wider transport system has the potential to play an important role in travel mode choices, and subsequently on the efficiency and sustainability of the overall mobility ecosystem whether for passengers or freight.
There are many opportunities to improve the efficiency and sustainability of transporting goods and people over the last mile through current and future solutions, including walking, cycling, e-bikes, micromobility, drones, demand responsive transport, urban air mobility and autonomous vehicles. However, the ability of such solutions to deliver on their potential is dependent on social, economic, technological, and environmental factors that need to be fully taken into account at the planning, implementation and operational stages.
This online seminar will outline the key outputs from an in-depth feasibility study conducted by the UK Connected Places Catapult to investigate the last mile mobility landscape, and determine the benefits of introducing new technological solutions for Buckinghamshire, a local authority near London, and other similar local authorities in the UK. The study was part of the ‘SMART Connected Community: Living Labs’ project which was built around four themes: Smart Materials, Smart Communication, Smart Energy, and Smart Mobility. In addition to describing the findings from a UK perspective, the presenter will also offer his personal views on the lessons learnt from the study and applicability within the Dubai and Middle East context.
Khalid Nur is the Future Mobility Lead for Mott MacDonald in the Middle East. He is a Chartered Engineer with over 15 years’ experience in the scoping and delivery of a wide range of projects in the road, rail, aviation, and maritime transport sectors; building on a strong technical and research background, analytical and leadership skills. Khalid’s experience covers a range of areas including technology strategies and roadmaps; future mobility solutions; data analytics; systems engineering; research and development; qualitative and quantitative analysis; and data-oriented business models. He has a key interest in the development and application of innovative data and technology solutions for Future mobility.
Prior to joining Mott MacDonald, Khalid was Principal Technologist at the UK Connected Places Catapult where he led a range of projects including the Last mile mobility In-depth Feasibility study for Buckinghamshire Council.