Public transport is changing, and the cause is much more than a rapid bus

Uber self-driving cars
Uber self-driving cars are pictured in this undated photo. (Photo: Handout from Uber)
Jordanian public opinion becomes preoccupied from time to time with issues of public transportation, such as the ineffectiveness of the public bus network, and the legendary Rapid Bus Transit, which could be reaching its final phases of construction after almost a decade in the making. There are also noises from time to time regarding the issue of taxis and their struggle to survive competition from ride-hailing apps, as well as the government’s strategic — and somewhat theoretic talk — of a need for giant projects such as train networks and metros to solve the many transportation problems of major urban cities.اضافة اعلان

As for the developed world, urban planning is heading towards another revolutionary trend in the field of public transportation, which takes a completely different path and breaks all the standards and norms of public transportation around the world.

The beginnings of this revolution came with the emergence of private transportation applications such as Uber, which swept the world’s markets, and became a power player in transportation and solutions. The company forced governments to deal with change as a reality that must be accepted and regulated, despite desperate opposition from the traditional public transport sector. The fact is that the effectiveness of these apps in meeting an existing need for easy public transportation and combining that with high standards made them stronger than the forces opposing them.

But the general transformation of public transport around the world will not stop at ride-hailing applications, as the tide is certainly turning towards broader solutions, which redefine the relationship between passenger and vehicle, starting with self-driving cars that challenge the concept of owning a vehicle.

One major trend is a new concept called car sharing, which simply involves companies providing cars for rent at any time and any destination. So, the smart car goes to the address of the requesting customer for self service, and then takes them to where they want to go. The autonomous car then leaves by itself.

With the adoption of this novel service in the coming future, there will be no need to worry about the problems of traditional cars or taxies, such as the high cost of buying, maintaining, fueling, parking, traffic jams, and even accidents, since smart cars do not make traffic mistakes and errors that cause all of these issues.

This service may seem inspired by science fiction, but in fact it is closer to application than many might think. Evidence of this is in the huge investments that automakers and technology companies are pouring into developing solutions to make this idea a reality. Experts believe that it is rapidly becoming a reality, and that these kind of high-tech services might be available in major global cities within the next decade.

In third world countries, we must catch up with technology, which may shorten distances for us in finding creative solutions to our problems related to public transportation. We have benefited from the emergence of hybrid and electric cars, so we should not mind taking advantage of any new idea related to public transport applications.

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