Future transport: How is London responding to technological innovation?

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Citymapper is one of at least three companies planning to introduce different forms of demand-responsive bus service. Three Mercedes-Benz Sprinters were used in the trial of Citymapper’s ‘pop up bus service’ last year. MARK CURRAN

On February 13 the London Assembly Transport Committee released a report on future transport in London. Jade Smith summarises the key points in relation to the bus industry, which focused on topics such as Mobility as a Service and autonomous vehicles

Planning and monitoring

  • TfL faces a difficult challenge in attempting to predict and prepare for changes in technology and its application to the transport sector.
    Recent developments in the private hire and dockless cycle hire industries suggest TfL has been unprepared for new uses of technology by the private sector.
  • TfL’s new Transport Innovation directorate is leading work to monitor and plan for technological change. Its findings and recommendations need to be embedded across TfL.

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