A new paradigm for Urban Mobility

Date: 12 May 2016
Cat: Research

A new paradigm for Urban Mobility or how fleets of shared vehicles can end the dependency of cars of a city!

During the International Transport Forum of 2015, OECD has released a complete study about the impact of the new trend “sharing-vehicle” on the urban mobility of a city. They developed a platform to simulate the impact of switching from a model with individuals owning a car to a model without cars (individuals using alternative as: shared-transportation, non-motorized transportation and/or public transport).

First, here are some key figures to better understand the results:

  • Today, private owner are using their cars in average 50 minutes a day (mainly to commute from home to work) whereas shared-vehicle are used 13 hours a day. When you think about it, it can be considered as a very poor asset!
  • Private car are often used by only one person vs. 2.3 for shared vehicle.

As a concrete scenario, the simulation was made for the city of Lisbon. The results are astonishing!

By having nobody owning a car, directs results for a city would be:

  • 95% of the cars in the streets.
  • – 30% of CO2 emission.
  • – 18 km vehicle driven

As additional results:

  • Fewer cars mean fewer car-parks. Cities could rethink their public space with more bicycle lanes and wider sidewalks.
  • Intensely used vehicle will reduce the life cycle of a vehicle. As a consequence, the fleet could be renewed more often and new cars (with greener technologies) could be implemented more quickly.


With application of car-sharing as Uber pool coming-up, cities could drastically change in the coming years! From digital impact to concrete impact … it could be one solution to support the COP21 plan and decrease the global CO2 emission.

To know more about it, please check out this very interesting report : download the PDF file