According to research by the European Environment Agency, nearly a quarter of all European emissions come from transport. Therefore, on European Car Free Day, Uber is committed to a zero-emission commitment until 2035.
To this end, Uber has joined Europe’s leading network of cities and regions POLIS for sustainable urban mobility, as well as platforms Arrival, Aurora, Lilium, Lime, by signing a manifesto committing organizations to help cities build safe, smart, sustainable and affordable urban and regional mobility networks.
Among others, policy recommendations include helping public transport agencies digitize their networks using the latest technologies such as on-demand routing, integrated tickets and automated driverless transport. Likewise, data-driven technologies should be used to make transport networks more responsive, networked and cost-efficient, without violating the fundamental human right to privacy.
“We believe the key to making urban mobility safer, smarter and more sustainable is to quickly replace private cars with better access to shared electric mobility built around public transport.
Uber’s commitment to zero emissions by 2030 is an important goal, but we cannot achieve it alone. We now need EU cities to support bold policies that make the European Green Deal a reality by helping more people switch from private to public, public and electric transport, ”commented Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber.
This is why the manifesto obliges each signatory to cooperate with cities and includes the following six obligations:
- Access to mobility for everyone: Work with cities to increase access to all shared modes of urban and regional mobility, while striving to make electric and shared mobility more attractive and convenient than owning a car.
- Public transport at the core: Collaborate with the public and private sectors to complement and expand the reach of public transport with integrated mobility services and programs that enable people to seamlessly switch from one mode to another, both within the city and between cities.
- Fast decarbonisation: full decarbonization no later than 2035 and even sooner if policy conditions permit.
- Safety first: Commitment to the Vision Zero concept with safe streets for all, ensuring that the latest passive and active safety technologies are integrated into all modes of transport manufactured and operated on partner platforms.
- Smart and responsible use of data: Helping cities use technology to build smarter, safer and more resilient urban mobility networks, with system transparency across all partners and without compromising user privacy.
- Perspective and sustainability: Working with policymakers and regulators to help develop safety regulations that will enable transformational mechanisms such as autonomous vehicles and flying taxis.
Following the launch of the manifesto, representatives from the private sector, civil society, institutions and governments further discussed the future of urban and regional mobility in Europe at a virtual roundtable organized by POLIS as part of EU Mobility Week.
A source: Uber