We sat down with Renée Ramdohr, Senior Partnerships & External Relations Manager, goUrban, to find out her predictions for mobility in 2023.

e-kick scooters as well as their e-bikes and to have user-powered swapping systems throughout their business areas. What we will encounter even more in 2023 are battery solutions that can be used for even more types of vehicles and across multiple brands with more scalable third part swapping services and service points. Increased competition will lead to even faster accomplishments in designing the batteries and the commercial strategies to run an efficient swapping process which in turn leads to more lean and hopefully also more efficient operations for shared mobility operators. Also, privately owned electric vehicles can benefit from this movement although we will not see a massive change here in 2023 yet. Eventually, there will only be a very small number of these has already shifted from banning micro-mobility vehicles back in the days to regulating them to a large extent.

In 2023 we will witness how cities and municipalities work hand in hand with micro-mobility operators and third-party mobility solutions to learn from the data gathered through them and apply it for future urban infrastructure development, to provide their citizens with a multitude of different mobility options that support several use cases and to slowly adopt the vision of freeing urban areas from privately owned cars. At the same time, less urbanised municipalities will proactively look for solutions that provide first and last mile mobility for their citizens – to an extent where these solutions may be heavily incentivised, subsidised or even run by the municipality itself.

Batteries to become smarter, faster, and more efficient with only a small number of producers

Battery management will become smarter and the competition in this area of mobility (and even beyond) will get increasingly fierce. On one hand we will see longer lasting batteries for all types of vehicles – making electric vehicles even more attractive in shared mobility models but also for private ownership. We have already seen some shared mobility operators adopting the strategy of integrating the same type of battery into their battery producers, distributors and service providers as the scalability and pricing are largely dependent on the amount of vehicles covered per km2 and the focus will lie on multi-national mobility operators to be serviced.

Cities and municipalities will become shapers and enablers

Cities and municipalities will increasingly realise the importance of shared micro-mobility vehicles for their citizens, their urban infrastructure and for achieving climate goals respectively. The behaviour of cities Movement and traffic behaviour data will play a crucial role in helping these cities and municipalities to make the right decisions, especially when it comes to designing urban spaces. Cities and municipalities will no longer take the role of purely regulating their mobility landscape but rather act as shapers and enablers.

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You can explore more predictions from global thought leaders and visionaries who are shaping the future of mobility, liveable cities and sustainable Transport in our Global Thought Leaders Predictions for Mobility 2023 report.