"Sharing is the way to make cities better and autonomous cars are just the means"
How will self driving cars re-invent and shape our cities, and what consequences and opportunities will they bring? We reached out to Ananda Groag (Share nl), and Anne Knol (Friends of the Earth Netherlands): shared mobility experts to give us their opinion. Read their insightful piece on what cities should take into consideration with the advent of autonomous vehicles.
The World Economic Forum’s Collaboration in Cities: From Sharing to “Sharing Economy” has just been released. We as shareNL contributed to this whitepaper that addresses key terminology, motivation and benefits, and both the opportunities and challenges that cities encounter when approaching the new models of sharing. The different case studies from cities around the world – including Seattle, London, New York, Melbourne, Sao Paulo, Kigali (Rwanda), Seoul, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Kamaishi (Japan) – show how sharing is transforming citizens’ lives, boosting social cohesion and even protecting the environment.
Artificial Intelligence is a term that we hear a lot these days. You could even say it is hyped, but does that mean that we know exactly what it is? At shareNL we believe it is important to start the conversation about the new technologies that are emerging in order to seize the opportunities they offer, as well as addressing the challenges they create. Therefore, on the 6th of October, several experts were invited to talk about how Artificial Intelligence could impact the Sharing/Platform Economy. In other words, what would the recipe of a future with both these developments look like?
The winds of sharing economy are quietly entering the eastern world from the western countries. Since the Sharing Economy Association, Japan(SEAJ) was officially established in 2016, we began to study the cases abroad, and try to find good references for Japan's future development of sharing economy. Through research, we found out that Amsterdam has been declared as the first "Sharing City" in Europe and their story was spread by, among others, the independent knowledge and networking platform, shareNL. In order to gain a better understanding of the development in Amsterdam, SEAJ has actively been communicating with shareNL during the last year. Since SEAJ is also a private organization, their case is undoubtedly valuable for us to learn from.
A sharing city embraces and monitors the collaborative economy as a means to a more socially, sustainably and economically resilient city. Lately, Amsterdam has received a lot of attention for being a front-runner in monitoring, rather than banning, the sharing and collaborative economy in the city. Very often, the collaborative and sharing economy is equaled exclusively to Airbnb and Uber, which are portrayed as very problematic for the city and its people. Every story has two sides, and although there are, and will be, challenges with any initiatives, there are also benefits and opportunities. Moreover, the collaborative economy has a much richer ecosystem beyond the typical examples of Uber and Airbnb. These two giants are making up a big part of the discussion, but surely, our scope has to be widened to include other platforms such as for example WeHelpen, Konnektid and Thuisafgehaald (Share your meal).
“Exciting turn ahead” it must say on a traffic sign for those exploring the possible routes to the future of transportation. Technology is about to bring more opportunities for the way we move around than we had in the last century. Since the transition from horse carriages to the automobile changes have been evolutions, but no revolutions.
Now we are at the verge of a true revolution in transportation. Electrification has been slowly entering the market. Where public transport companies have been using electricity for a while, nearly all car manufacturers are now following. Tesla took it from ‘the good alternative’ to ‘the sexy alternative’ to a fossil fuel driven car.
Honeycombhousing is a social/cultural-housing platform to connect international students with homeowners on peer-to-peer basis in Sweden. Sanne Toonen (founder of Honeycombhousing) explained: 'It’s the social aspect that makes the difference. It’s best described as 'Fika'. The Swedish expression for coffee breaks that’s more about socializing than drinking coffee. This Swedish tradition shaped Honeycombhousing to what it is today and sets them apart from other services in providing housing for international students.'
In this month's insights, you can read about:
- The launch of shareBE.
- Sharing Economy and Sustainable Tourism.
- The European Mobility Week kick off.
- Why people actually participate in the collaborative economy.
- The Green Deal day.
- Regulatory framework for the sharing economy.
- The Amsterdam Sharing City International Press trip.
And much more...