Learning Expeditions: an active approach to exploring and monitoring trends in a target territory
Learning Expeditions (LEX) are another way to explore, discuss and compare points of view on tomorrow’s mobility solutions, and an ideal opportunity to delve deeper into the particularities of regions renowned for innovation. After a successful trip to Israel, the latest Learning Expedition took place in Singapore in December 2022. Over the course of one week, members of the think tank had the opportunity to meet with industry stakeholders, public authorities, start-ups and universities and test the city-state’s public transport offer.
First observation: the extremely high levels of security on public transport and across the city. A visit to the AETOS control centre gave participants an inside look at this impressive surveillance system. Control centre operators use 3D mapping and a variety of sensors, cameras, drones and alert systems to monitor flows and behaviours in real-time in this city-state where civic-mindedness prevails and offenses are severely punished.
In addition to the existing public transport offer, the quest for future mobility solutions is a top priority in Singapore, where space is at a premium and car use is extremely restricted. Academic and institutional organisations play an active role in prospective thinking; for example, the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) is evaluating citizens’ attitudes towards autonomous vehicles in order to tackle traffic congestion issues. Other university research institutes (NTU – ERIA / CETRAN) are conducting trials with a view to deploying these vehicles as a transport mode in their own right, rather like what Keolis has developed at its SEMA autonomous vehicle testing facility.
SUTD also identified the impact of urban logistics on traffic congestion, particularly when it comes to vehicles stopping on public thoroughfares. One of the concrete solutions implemented to reduce pollution and help ease congestion is the use of electric cargo bikes for last-mile deliveries.
This forward-thinking attitude and approach to innovation make Singapore an ideal environment for trials and experiments. The different encounters during this week-long LEX provided members of the think tank with an immersive insight into mobility-focused innovation trends in the territory. Insight that will enrich the future endeavours and commitment of both the think tank and Keolis to sustainable shared mobility.