The 2015 United Nation Conference on Climate Change in Paris, COP21, provided a great momentum in kicking-off the sustainable mobility as a strategy to curb climate change. Never in the history of UN climate summits has there been such a bright spotlight on transport.
The world’s population is becoming increasingly city-based, with 50% – or 3.5 billion people – living in urban areas. By 2050, this figure is expected to reach 70% of the population (6.3 billion people). As a result, urban mobility is one of the toughest challenges that cities face. Improved accessibility requires innovative and smart solutions to remove economic and social barriers that improve access to regular services in all appropriate transport modes for all people including disabled and elderly. Easy access to efficient transportation services is essential to the quality of life in urban areas.
To tackle the urban mobility challenges, the first International Symposium on Last-Mile Smart Mobility aims at becoming annual forum for presenting and discussing new technologies relevant to new alternative solutions to traditional cars, as their extensive results in more traffic congestion, noise, pollution, and less safe environments within cities. The objective of the symposium is to debate all aspects relevant the last-mile smart mobility from the embedded and ubiquitous computing perspectives. The symposium aims at providing an overview of the state of the art as well as industry trends.