SHENZHEN – New intelligent transport systems and mobility

The City of Shenzhen is looking to develop vehicle connectivity and intelligentization to support improvement of mobility and the use of of the growing new-energy automobiles. Are you a Nordic company with technologies and knowledge in intelligent transport systems and mobility? Contact the Nordic Solutions for C40 team to get involved!

Shenzhen’s major sources of GHG emissions are the manufacturing and building sector and the transportation sector. To reduce GHG emissions from transportation, simply electrifying vehicles are insufficient. Instead, the entire transportation system has to be renewed. Automation of vehicles can help evading unnecessary starts and breaks and therefore raises turbine/battery efficiency. Lowering traffic congestion reduces commuting time and also reduces GHG emissions per capita.

Shenzhen will upgrade the intelligent transportation system (ITS) in the following 3 stages: from vehicle electrification and automation, to vehicle connectivity and intelligentization, and ultimately achieve vehicle sharing. The Shenzhen Municipal Government is determined to implement 8 key tasks in five years, including building a new ITS and construction of the “1+6” (1 platform, 6 systems) projects. The “1+6” projects include an integrated traffic information exchange platform with six major systems: the integrated traffic monitoring system, the integrated road control system, the transportation management system, the traffic operation command system, the public travel information service system, and the traffic emergency simulation decision support system.

Shenzhen has already developed stage 1 (i.e. vehicle electrification and automation) and has made swift progress in promotion and application of its new-energy automobiles. With all buses in Shenzhen are already electrified, taxis are also targeted to be 100% electrified by the end of 2018. Focus is now on stage 2: developing vehicle connectivity and intelligentization.

Shenzhen is facing several challenges regarding the implementation of stage 2, which include:

1)Technical barriers. Both mono-vehicle and vehicle-infrastructural techniques needs maturing. How can vehicle techniques be retrofitted for building an intelligent transportation system? How to effectively redesign and rebuilt the transportation infrastructure to enable vehicle-infrastructure communication, while keeping costs down?

2)Mechanisms. Local rules, transportation laws, regulations all need reassessment and refining. Suggestions on standardization and legislation for building an intelligent transportation system in Shenzhen?

3)Public awareness. How do we make sure the public embraces this new initiative – not only raising acceptance but also developing routes from electric vehicles to automated/connected vehicles?

If you want to contribute to this opportunity and help Shenzhen develop vehicle connectivity and intelligentization, join our opportunities page and online co-creation platform by clicking “join the discussion” below. You can also contact Scott Allison if you have any questions.

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This project is owned by Shenzhen Green & Low Carbon Development Foundation.