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Transdev – Where Do You Live?

Already, the answer is likely to be in an urban area. The world is already urbanised, then. But projections show that the rate it which is becoming so is set to continue dramatically. By 2050, 7 out of 10 billion people on earth will live in urban areas.

If you live in a busy city already, you’ll know what this could mean. More people means a greater burden on transport and mobility infrastructure. Busier public transport, heavily-congested roads, rising air pollution.

This, then, is an imminent societal problem that needs addressing. Already according to the World Health organisation, 80% of the urban population is exposed to daily levels of excessive levels of air pollution from urban traffic such as cars, buses and trains.

But these things are all essential services of a modern city. Mobility is what makes our lives easier. It’s how we get to work, school, meet friends or attend a doctor’s appointment. But the burgeoning urban population is going to out a strain on already over-burdened city infrastructures.

This has forced a rethink in the mindset of transportation companies. Transdev, for example, has been focusing on finding solutions to successfully integrating all transport modes to make mobility seamless, reducing individual vehicle transport in favour of public transport (thus reducing congestion) and developing applications that make travel simple.

One such application is the Mobility as a Service (MaaS), which was developed in France, and allows users to plan, book, pay and travel using a single application. Transdev bills this as the future of mobility. indeed, such innovation is crucial in this industry if we are to avoid cities grinding to a halt under sheer weight of numbers.

But the process of adaptation doesn’t stop there. Transdev are also developing multi-modal transport options. They currently operate 14 different transport modes and use their expertise to interconnect them.

As big as the challenge of building sustainable transport solutions is, so too is the belief at Transdev that it is possible to make a positive change – one of the most important of which is changing mentalities and habits, not just modes of transport.

That means making the mobility of the future personalised, autonomous, connected and eco-friendly. We spoke to Trandev to find out more about how they are helping cities and governments to solve their growing pains.