A future enabled by location technology, today
In this four-part series, HERE collaborates with four thought-leaders to explore the rapidly growing impact of location technology on four critical topics: smart cities, transportation, mobility and data monetization. Hear their ideas and views on the opportunities it is opening up for urban environments, and the businesses and governments who serve them.
I want to see innovation for livelihoods, not for lifestyles.
Author and Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy at Tufts University, Julian Agyeman, is the originator of the ‘Just Sustainabilities’ concept – the intentional integration of social justice. His background in science and social science, combined with experience in local government, consulting for NGOs and guiding community organisations, give him a unique perspective. Agyeman sees a future where cities use location technology to aid social equity and improve the lives of the disadvantaged.
Agyeman believes cities are shared spaces and should develop social, technological and data inclusion policies that break down barriers to access, and use innovation to open up the streets to all who need to use them.
“If we look at the way innovation is happening in the Western world, it seems to me to be more about innovative ways to live our lives for those of us who already have good lives. I want to see innovation for livelihoods, not so much for lifestyles.”
The growth of the sharing economy will see us develop a more communal existence where we see the city as a space to be shared by all:
"We need a move towards a much more communal form of sharing, where people see the city as a whole – as a shared space. The municipality has a role in this. How can it work in a proactive way with sharing economy, enterprises large and small, to reinvent the urban commons? That’s the essence of the sharing city.”
Agyeman describes how many cities are missing the ‘belonging’. He wants urban planners to question who belongs in the city? Who has the right to the city?
“We’re very good at talking about ‘becoming’ – what the city can become: a sharing city, a smart city, a resilient city, a healthy city, a sustainable city. Part of the equation that we’re missing is ‘belonging’. If we don’t get that right, we’re going to think about what cities can become simply as elites, and not involving all people who should have a right to the city.”
According to Agyeman, the next set of technological disruptions could take us in either of two directions:
“We could re-inscribe segregation in our cities: the digital divide, the technological divide. Or we could see technology as a way to bring us closer together. I hope we choose the latter path.”
Janssen and her team are redefining the mobility landscape through location technology.
She explains that the HERE Urban Mobility index was designed specifically to capture a holistic, global view of mobility across four key themes in 38 key cities: liveability, sustainability, innovation and affordability.
Through vision and innovation, Janssen’s team works to identify opportunities, develop concepts and prototype new experiences. She believes the location intelligence gained through HERE’s Open Location Platform is identifying the critical insights and new patterns that will ultimately lead to better mobility for everyone.
HERE is democratizing the world of mobility by creating products that set a new standard of equality for all players in the mobility ecosystem.
The HERE Open Mobility Marketplace aggregates all available urban transportation options in real-time, giving users the freedom to choose how they get from A to B.
Our SoMo app showcases how the Mobility Marketplace can be used to make ride sharing easy and social – merging mobility and sociability.
With NVIDA, HERE is developing the cutting edge of self-driving technology, with HERE HD Live Map intelligent mapping and advanced localization modeling.
Through a unique combination of location data and services, we’re able to partner with you to create a new tomorrow. To learn more about how our scalable solutions can help your business, contact our team, or read more about our mobility services.
More from the New Reality series
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Seleta Reynolds of Los Angeles DoT discusses the New Reality of transportation.
Can data make cities more human?
Carlo Ratti of MIT shares his views on the New Reality of smart cities.
Can we take control of our own personal data?
Data expert John Ellis looks at the New Reality of data monetization.