Episode 11: The Democratisation of Mobility — How Micromobility addresses Mobility Poverty

Oliver Bruce
Nov 13, 2018 · 1 min read

Welcome to Micromobility, a podcast exploring the disruptive potential of light weight utility vehicles. Using the history of computing as a framework we examine how these technologies will upend everything we thought we knew about the future of transport.

The host of the show is Horace Dediu, founder of Asymco.com and I’m his co-host Oliver Bruce.

On today’s episode Horace and Oliver are joined by Winston Kwon, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Social Innovation at the University of Edinburgh Business School.

We discuss mobility poverty, why it matters and the role that micromobility could play in improving access to opportunities. We also touch on:
- The concept of Universal Basic Mobility (as put forward by Alex Roy) and how micromobility might enable it
- The importance of social inclusion — and how transport, specifically cars, impact it.
- How the homogeneity of suburbs is accelerating their infrastructural decline.
- Which cities/built environments will benefit the most from micromobility and which will be the most negatively impacted.
- Horace revises his estimates for the Total Addressable Market for Micromobility globally.

Many thanks to Joyride for being our sponsor again this week. We discuss on the podcast how their service is an intelligent solution for what will likely evolve to a set of hyperlocal transport markets. Check them out at joyride.city

We are no longer publishing transcripts (but are working on something exciting related to that — more soon!). Please let us know what you think on Twitter at @asymco or @oliverbruce. Thanks!

Micromobility

Micromobility is a podcast exploring the disruption from new electric, lightweight utility vehicles. Using the history of computing as a framework, we unpack what business models and impacts we’re likely to see in urban transport. Check us out at micromobility.io/podcast

Now: Co-host of The Micromobility Podcast with @asymco. Climate tech investor. Edmund Hillary Fellow. Ex-@Uber ANZ Regional Ops/Strategic Projects.

Micromobility is a podcast exploring the disruption from new electric, lightweight utility vehicles. Using the history of computing as a framework, we unpack what business models and impacts we’re likely to see in urban transport. Check us out at micromobility.io/podcast

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