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17 May 2017

UMii project highlights potential for urban mobility innovation

First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com
The initial findings of the UMii (Urban Mobility innovation index) project have been presented in the plenary session of the UITP Global Public Transport Summit (15-17 May 2017) in Montréal and highlighted the fact that innovation is more than technology-based.

The findings of the UMii project, initiated by the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority and implemented by the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), in partnership with Future Cities Catapult, also indicated that new types of governance, adapted processes of regulation or different ways to create, plan and collaborate can also have a significant role in enhancing urban mobility. It also highlighted the fact that seemingly minor but smart improvements can make a big difference and, in harnessing them, offer untapped potential for cities.

Key messages for urban leaders from the project focus on the need to share ownership of the city’s strategy with those benefiting from it,  to look at mobility in the wider context of sustainable urban and transportation planning or to explore the power of data.

The UMii project has sought to provide insights into urban mobility and innovation in cities across the world and to deliver a guide for cities to foster innovation in their urban mobility services and systems. Data has been collected globally from 30 cities.

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