How can we use technology to create sustainable city transport? – Guardian Chat

Join the Gurdian live chat on Thursday 30 October at 1pm GMT to discuss how technology can create cleaner, smoother, more efficient city transport

Demographers predict that by 2050 there are going to be 2.5 billion more people living in urban areas. Meanwhile, transport flows within cities are becoming ever more challenging to predict and manage.

The rise of e-commerce means that the amount of goods purchased online is increasing, which according to a report released earlier this year by the UK Independent Transport Commission, could mean approximately 1.7m additional van journeys per year in the UK.

Join us on Thursday 30 October at 1pm GMT at for a live chat with a panel of experts to discuss questions such as:

  • What are the implications of the rise in urbanisation for mobility and economic growth?
  • What role can big data and smart technology play in improving urban mobility and keeping cities clean and moving?
  • What kind of partnerships – between government, business and academia – will help scale up this technology?
  • What examples are there of progressive policies that use technology to make urban transport ‘smarter’?
  • How can technology be used to help individuals make more sustainable transport decisions?

Invited Experts:

  • Peter Harris, Director of Sustainability for Europe, UPS
  • Rick Robinson, IBM Executive Architect, Smarter Cities, IBM
  • Thomas Zunder, Principal Research Associate, Freight and Logistics Research Manager, NewRail, Centre for Railway Research – Newcastle University
  • Simon Giles, Director of Smart City Strategy, Accenture
  • Freddie Talberg, CEO, PIE mapping
  • Mark Walker, General Manager, ZipCar UK
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