Cities Should Now Evaluate the Benefits of Municipal Transportation Operating Systems

Cities are continually responding to urban transportation challenges such as increasing levels of travel demand and the complex management of numerous modes of both public and private transportation. Compounding these challenges is the pressing need to improve transportation efficiency and sustainability.  The rising demand for passenger transportation and urban deliveries increases congestion and results in a significant impact on air quality, safety, and quality of life. While cities are taking actions to improve urban mobility, travelers are demanding a reliable and efficient transportation system that provides accurate travel information. Further, the expanding number of modes of urban mobility, such as shared micromobility, and the anticipated arrival of highly automated vehicles is increasing complexity and driving the need for real-time data to manage transportation systems efficiently.

Stakeholders in the mobility ecosystem—including automakers, mapping data companies, and technology companies—are developing solutions to address urban mobility challenges and piloting them in cities around the world. These systems could form key components of a municipal transportation operating system (MTOS) to manage and optimize future urban mobility. Besides delivering better transportation service to customers, an MTOS could provide cities with the tools to monitor mobility services and help model future system upgrades and new transportation policies.

This Guidehouse Insights Strategy Insight examines the mounting pressures on cities to provide efficient, safe, and sustainable mobility systems and considers how an MTOS could provide an effective solution. It features some of the notable pilots being conducted in various cities that develop and demonstrate the benefits these technologies offer. Recommendations are provided for how key stakeholders can benefit from the development of MTOSs and provide maximum value to cities.

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  • What are the major transportation challenges cities face?
  • What are the key components of an MTOS?
  • Who are the companies developing MTOS technologies?
  • Which cities are trialing MTOS technologies?
  • How can automated vehicles play an important role in creating sustainable and safe cities?
  • How can smart city infrastructure and connected vehicles benefit cities?
  • Transportation and city authorities
  • Vehicle OEMs
  • Automated and connected vehicle technology companies
  • Manufacturers of smart city infrastructure
  • Smart city platform providers
  • Cloud hosting providers
  • Mapping companies
  • Logistics and last mile delivery companies




MTOSs Can Help Address the Congestion, Environmental, and Safety Challenges Facing Urban Transportation

Data Availability Is Essential for an MTOS

Left Unchecked, Urban Congestion Will Continue to Escalate

Transportation Emissions Create Human and Economic Costs

Cities Are Aiming for Vision Zero

AVs Can Positively Transform Future Urban Mobility

Mobility as a Service Platforms and MTOSs Can Derive Mutual Benefits from Sharing Data

Stakeholders Are Developing the Key Components of an MTOS

Automakers Are Exploring the Opportunity to Play an Important Role in Urban Mobility

Mapping Providers Are Also Generating Valuable Data for Advancing Urban Mobility

Cities Are Trialing Initiatives to Manage and Improve Urban Mobility

Cooperation Is Essential for Progress

Players Should Evaluate the Benefits of an MTOS

Collaboration and Sharing Data Will Mutually Benefit All Participants

Each City Is Unique

  • Annual AD L4+ LDV Deployments by Region, Base Scenario, World Markets: 2021-2030
  • Ford and Quantum AI “Smart Node” V2I Infrastructure
  • Toyota’s Woven City and e-Palette AVs
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