New York City placed fifth in management consulting firm Oliver Wyman’s first Urban Mobility Readiness Index: How Cities Rank on Mobility Ecosystem Development. The index ranks 30 cities on how prepared they are to incorporate the latest mobility technologies and what they are doing to reshape urban mobility. Singapore topped the list, followed by Amsterdam, London and Shanghai.
“Cities destined to become tomorrow’s mobility leaders are forward-thinking and user-centric,” said Guillaume Thibault, an Oliver Wyman partner and a creator of the index. “They take a data-driven approach and work with the private sector to find solutions.”
The index analyzes existing public and private mobility networks; current regulation, policy, and infrastructure; a city’s livability; and its capacity to absorb future technologies. While the index attempts to rank the outlooks for various cities, the research also provides best practices and concrete strategies that will allow cities to upgrade their offerings with a goal of transforming urban mobility from a challenge into a competitive economic advantage.
Oliver Wyman Forum selected an initial set of 30 global cities for in-depth analysis across five categories: social impact, livability, system efficiency, innovation, and market attractiveness. The research was conducted with The Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. The top five cities all have legacy infrastructure such as public transit systems, a history of sustained investment, rapid technology adoption, an engaged private sector including innovative startups, and forward-looking policies that aim for growth, Oliver Wyman noted.
New York topped the list in systems efficiency, with an above average score, and ranked fifth in mobile sharing economy presentation. But it ranked among the bottom of the cities surveyed in terms of public transport utilization (25th), public transport affordability (23rd) and walkability (21st).