“The success of initial tests of these units will bring about a breakthrough in transportation systems that offer innovative mobility solutions and ease snarls in the city.”
Over the past decades, the Middle East has witnessed huge population growth, from 186 million people in 1990 to an estimated 410 million in 2018. At first the transport infrastructure lagged behind this boom and ensuing urbanisation. But in the last decade, rail and metro mega projects both complete and underway in Dubai, Doha, Saudi Arabia and between nations have been rolled-out. The building of these rail lines and metro networks, is mobility 1.0, but we are now evolving into a new era of digital infrastructure and investment, mobility 2.0.
At the heart of mobility 2.0 is digital change. Conventional ways of furthering capacity by building new railway infrastructure is disruptive, expensive, and sometimes unachievable. But the adoption of digital technologies, is a cost-effective way of releasing significant additional capacity on existing networks, reducing delays, enhancing safety, improving passenger experience and increasing revenue.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a guide that attempts to explore some of the most exciting mobility 2.0 developments in the region. And a perfect embodiment of this spirit of digital focused passenger solutions is our guide sponsor Transreport, who design smart apps that allow the passenger to have control of any issues affecting their journey experience. They have a unique approach to improving journeys, and this guide includes an exclusive feature on their story.
Chapter 1: How Transreport’s apps are putting power back into the hands of the passenger.
Chapter 2: Saudi Arabia joins Virgin Hyperloop One to “exponentially” increase connectivity.
Chapter 3: Etisalat outlines “immense potential” 5G, ahead of planned UAE roll-out..
Chapter 4: Thales to combat growing regional digital security threats with new cyber security hub in Dubai.
Chapter 5: Smart tech, satellite data and blockchain all part of the UAE’s strategy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Chapter 6: Siemens expands digital presence in Middle East with $500m investment.
Chapter 7: RTA Dubai launches tests of the world’s first ‘autonomous pods’
To see what else we have scheduled for publication in 2018, see our Editorial Calendar.