At the ITS World Congress in Melbourne, Xerox Services has released the early results from its Global Transportation Survey, with the full results due to be released in January 2017, by what will then be Conduent Incorporated.
Cities globally are facing the challenges of increased demand for integrated transportation services and significant population growth. The forthcoming 23 city, global study from Xerox shows that citizens have high expectations for transportation innovation in their cities over the next few years.
According to the study, by 2020 half of all respondents (49%) believe they will have one app for all their transportation needs, and 27% of respondents believe they will be using a self-driving car. Xerox is keen to highlight that earlier this year it created a solution to meet one of these citizens’ transportation desires.
The company has debuted its own unique mobility app that is currently piloting in Los Angeles in California, and Denver and Centennial in Colorado, and in Bengaluru in India. The Go app captures the universe of transportation options available in a city and computes the quickest, cheapest and most sustainable way to reach a destination.
The Go apps are being showcased by Xerox at the Congress, along with a range of other innovations that aim to solve the biggest mobility challenges in cities around the world including: Mobility Companion a system to provide travelers with an integrated view of all transportation services available in a region, currently available in Europe; and Xerox Seamless a universal mobile payment system that requires commuters to simply tap and go with their NFC-enabled smartphone.
“Mobility is complicated, infrastructure is complex, and widely using driverless technologies by 2020 is likely out of reach,” said Pat Elizondo, senior vice president of global sales and marketing for the public sector at Xerox.
“However, there are ways cities can meet constituent innovation demands and show progress in that timeframe, including delivering a single, unified mobility app. Offering sophisticated apps, such as Go LA and Go Denver, opens the door for behavior change among citizens.
“Even though younger generations are more apt to use public transit, older generations still prefer cars. These types of apps are a great way to get all citizens on board with using alternative modes of transportation, which will ultimately reduce congestion within the city, and allow for existing infrastructure to be used more efficiently.”
In January this year, Xerox announced its plans to separate into two independent, publicly traded companies: Xerox Corporation, which will be comprised of the company’s document technology and document outsourcing businesses; and Conduent Incorporated, a business process services company, which will include Xerox’s tolling, transportation, and mobility portfolio.