Smart Cities in India: Branded or Brain-dead?

Aggarwal, Vaishali (2019) Smart Cities in India: Branded or Brain-dead? IS THIS THE REAL WORLD? Perfect Smart Cities vs. Real Emotional Cities. Proceedings of REAL CORP 2019, 24th International Conference on Urban Development, Regional Planning and Information Society. pp. 657-669. ISSN 2521-3938

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The notion of ‘smart cities’ is increasingly visible in discourses on the future of cities but Change is coming to transportation, whether we are ready for it or not. It can be argued that smartening the mobility infrastructure enables the citizens to make informed decisions, and this is indeed true- if done well, but it has a big “if.” Rapid urbanization is leading to an increase in transport issues which is affecting the livelihood of people on social-economic –environmental levels. This research engages with the key drivers of change and provides affirmative aspirations for mobility in the not-so-distant future in order to facilitate conversations about change. However, the development of possibilities (scenarios) for the government policies and businessinnovation is dependent on the advanced technology and socio-economic values which are embedded in thecontext and culture. The thesis aims to visualize through foresight by design, plausible alternatives of sustainable future for passenger transport in Delhi to stimulate sustainable innovation developments for transportation and analyze the present innovative influences for smart mobility in Delhi and seek what can accelerate this adoption. The first part of the paper analyses how do urban planners use the discourse of smart cities and how it has defined in India. Later it describes the transformation of Delhi from 2006 to present and highlights that the future of mobility in Delhi is in question as the capital city is immersed in pollution and congestion by private as well as public transport vehicles and an everyday increase of private vehicle population. The challenge is to cater to existing problems like increasing levels of air pollution, traffic management crisis and urban population growth; analyze the drivers of change with limited infrastructure to integrate the policies, technologies, and businesses in order to develop a sustainable transportation model which fulfills the existing needs and is flexible enough to accommodate for future. The paper reveals the personalized mobility experiences of the existing users and their perspectives in order to search the greater effectiveness, efficiency, and safety through digital capabilities and services. Though future is fiction and it is a story which each of us writes every day but the changes in how people move from one point to another and their levels of ‘ digital mobility interest’ would determine the openness of the users for the future mobility solutions. The three for the future will be empowered users, changing mobility models and transforming eco-system where intelligent connectivity would unite varied rage of emerging technologies to enable smarter, healthier and more resilient and economically vibrant urban life. Thisresearch considers smart mobility by outlining current challenges, suggesting technological, infrastructural and policy solutions and distilling explorations of the future into a series of ‘user journeys.’ Further visionary examples of citizens (User personas) experiences for intelligently connected Delhi in 2050 is projected in possible pathways for an inclusive mobility design differs in significant ways from today’s systems. The report seeks to answer if ‘branding of technology’ can be used as a tool for create a new identity for mobility of Delhi or ‘upgrade’ the existing situation? How can the context of Delhi be decoded to describe the perceptions of the people?

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Liveability, Automotive Mobility, Sustainable Transport, Challenges, Narrative transportation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2021 15:32
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2021 15:32

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