More than 50% of cities in the 100RC network have identified transportation and sustainability as key issues in their resilience strategies. And today, 100RC is announcing its first partnership with an automotive company, Nissan, to help cities plan and prepare for autonomous vehicles, electric cars, and new mobility services.
Nissan has a proven record of working with cities and regions to test and integrate new technologies, which it continues with this partnership. As a Japanese automaker whose manufacturing plants were affected by the 2011 Japan earthquake, it also understands the importance of building resilience, and the role of business to help ensure communities are able to withstand a range of crises.
The partnership between 100RC and Nissan will begin priming cities for new automotive technology, while creating better mobility for citizens, and building long-term resilience to the shocks and stresses cities may face, guided by the following key pillars:
- Intelligent driving: Reimagining the car as a personal device, leading to safer cars and more personal productivity as a result of the saved time.
- Intelligent power: Reducing emissions and the impact that vehicles make on the environment.
- Intelligent integration: Reducing fatalities on the road, supporting aging populations, connecting people to opportunities.
Nissan Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn emphasized the importance of urban resilience and transport innovation, saying “The biggest transformations in future mobility will not take place inside our vehicles, or even inside our companies. Rather, they will take place on the stage of the world’s cities. From population growth, to the increase in elderly populations, to the stresses on transportation infrastructure, cities are facing challenges that could be solved, in part, by mobility solutions. To align technology, policy, and planning, automakers and cities must work as partners. Together with 100 Resilient Cities, we will help some of the world’s most innovative cities lay the groundwork for these new and exciting technologies.”
As a first step, Nissan and 100RC will convene Mayors and Chief Resilience Officers from cities throughout the network for two-day workshops to discuss the pressing issues cities face in planning for future mobility technologies and services. Based on these discussions, Nissan will develop a report on initial findings and opportunities, which will be available to all cities in the network.
As a second step, Nissan will work with selected cities to test and pilot emerging mobility technologies, such as autonomous drive, driverless cars, and electric vehicles, as well as charging and vehicle-to-grid infrastructure, to enable cities to better plan for their adoption on a large scale.
Along with the immediate challenges of infrastructure and sustainability, cities must ensure that new technologies benefit all communities, especially those not currently connected by public transportation.
We’re excited to begin this work with Nissan and for the innovative solutions the partnership will bring to cities and the urban resilience movement.