With the theme “The Next Leap in Mobility”, four interdisciplinary teams are entering this year’s Audi Urban Future Award to validate theses about urban change in four cities: Berlin, Boston, Mexico City and Seoul. The competition entries relate to specific current urban development projects.
Can personal mobility solve problems that were caused by personal mobility in the first place?
What contributions can citizens, businesses, and the administration make to improve the traffic situation? Since improvements of mobility by infrastructure is limited, the competition team suggests to improve mobility by making it more like a living system. Mobility should be adaptive, learning, robust, and self-organizing. To achieve this, sensors and actuators are required. This vision is not new, but it is only now that technology is at hands to materialize a radical change in urban mobility.
The team Mexico City integrates historic and real-time data from various sources, along with mediating social interactions, aiming to empower citizens to improve the quality of their mobility, to live their mobility, by making mobility alive.