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eseia at the European Commission´s Conference on Smart Mobility 2020: Innovative and Sustainable Urban Transport in Europe


Digitalization and robotization the new trends for the creation of a modal public transport system based on 4 “e”: environment, economy, equity and effectiveness.

written by Daria Delnevo


Participants highlighted the digitalization and robotization of transport as the two main emerging trends that will allow for decarbonisation, increased safety, and higher accessibility of the transportation system. However, this intelligent infrastructure will require the support of governments not only enforce policies on smart driving, smart planning, and the implementation of self-driving but also to build the social acceptance towards these changes.

Decarbonisation of the transport system will require the use of different eco fuels, real time scheduling, digital ticketing and interconnections to alternative public transport such as bikes and e-bikes. On the other hand, improved safety and better access to urban mobility will require a multi modal public transport system so that it can change and adapts to the needs of the population. Businesses and municipalities involved stressed the importance of citizen´s dialogue with the stakeholders to develop a public transport based on 4 “e”: environment, economy, equity and effectiveness.  

Estonia and its capital, Tallinn, emerged as an example of best practice as public transport is not only free of charge for its citizens, but efficient. For this reason, 89% of the population was using it to move around in 2013.

The event was promoted under the Estonian Presidency of the European Council.