Working paper

Shared, electric and automated mobility (SEAM) should be viewed as complementary features of an urban passenger mobility system of the near future. As such, these three features should be advanced through a governance approach that combines policies through a constructive stakeholder process.

The SEAM Governance Framework Prototype suggested in this White Paper advocates for a four‑step approach that can be led by a city:

1. Establish work principles

The key work principles are:

  • Encourage an inclusive environment for public‑ and private‑sector stakeholders as well as community collaboration on the design, evaluation and modification of policies
  • Create a cultural, institutional and cognitive environment for dynamic governance and the establishment of a common language
  • Establish operational guidelines for evaluating success and managing risks
  • Form efficient, transparent and authoritative governance mechanisms

2. Set vision and goals

The ultimate vision is for an inclusive and sustainable mobility system, which improves urban quality of life for all. The goals could include good urban space and mobility integrations, shared‑ride mobility (by occupancy‑commute), zero‑emissions mobility, electrified and shared automated vehicles (first as community‑inspired pilots) and dynamic governance.

3. Package policy instruments

The policy library is divided into “cost” and “price” levers. Under each of these, policies are divided into those overseen by the public‑sector, private‑sector and joint public‑and private‑sector leaders.

4. Form a reliable policy evaluation mechanism

Given the abrupt nature of current urban mobility trends, the evaluation of urban mobility policy is best when based on real‑world data and done periodically.

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