I got an opportunity this week to attend an interesting 'Sir Henry Royce Memorial Lecture 2015' organised by The IET. The topic of the presentation was "Mobility for the 21st Century".
Professor John Miles reflected upon the reasons why the car dominates our urban environments and explored the challenges of freeing our cities from the log-jam of traffic congestion and associated pollution which currently seems inevitable. He proposition that, to be successful, future public transport and shared ridership systems must simply represent a better journey option than taking the car. The question is, as engineers, how we might meet this challenge and deliver success in the coming decades?
Some reactions from twitter:
Doesn’t make sense to kick people out of cars but to offer public transport systems that are _simply the best_ – Prof John Miles #IETroyce— Nico Macdonald (@Nico_Macdonald) December 1, 2015
Idle capacity is the reason why public transportation emissions are not much better than cars... #IETroyce pic.twitter.com/Apr5IJsi9i— Maria Shiao (@mariashiao) December 1, 2015
Anyway, the video of the presentation is as follows: