Let’s take a trip to Pune, India’s first Lighthouse City. After seeing Pune, you will get to know how the Indian roads will look like in the upcoming future. The roads will have running electrical vehicles and connected mobility. In the Niti Aayog and Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI) Grand Challenge, Pune has been marked as India’s first Lighthouse City. The city will now have the country’s first Urban Mobility Lab also.
In case if you don’t have any idea about what the ‘Lighthouse City’ is then it is a “Living lab for conceiving, financing, and testing mobility solutions that align with the Government of India’s vision for a shared, electric, and connected mobility future.” Both Niti Aayog and Rocky Mountain Institute made an announcement regarding the same last year. Both of them defined a Lighthouse City as a testing field of urban mobility solutions for complex issues. Pune will be the host of India’s first ever Urban Mobility Lab as well.
The initiative of Urban Mobility Lab is being backed by eight leading solution providers such as Ashok Leyland, Tata Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra, Lithium Urban Technologies, Ola Cabs, Ridlr, SUN Mobility and Transit Intelligence with four multi-stakeholder working groups. Pune Municipal Corporation and Rocky Mountain Institute will jointly run this program.
This program will provide solutions to data analytics for public transport service providers, electric mobility services and others. It will focus on areas such as traffic and parking management, public transport, non-motorised transport, intermediate public transport, booking and payment, and electric mobility.
India’s move towards the establishment of an Urban Mobility Lab seems a promising step taken by the institutes. Large-scale transit system such as electric and autonomous vehicles, e-buses, hyperopes, underground tunnels, and so on, along with the growing list of urban mobility solutions in cities around the world. After the testing any of these initiatives, these solutions will be spread to the other cities of India.
Ashish Kumar Singh, the principal secretary (Transport & Ports), Government of the state said, “The Government of Maharashtra is playing a leading role in the transition to shared, connected, and electric mobility. It is our consistent endeavour to improve access, affordability, congestion, pollution, and safety. I look forward to the outcomes of the Pune Urban Mobility Lab, and to seeing how solutions can be scaled up across the state.”
“India is poised to lead the world in advanced passenger mobility. It can leapfrog the traditional paradigm of privately-owned, under-utilized, fossil fuel-powered vehicles to a future of shared, clean, connected mobility,” Jules Kortenhorst, the CEO of RMI told.