Flexible Mobility: MPAV
Australia is currently relying on transportation strategies that have been consistent for the last century which has steadily been outpaced by population growth and lack of adequate planning and investment in infrastructure. Melbourne’s rail and road networks are exceeding capacity and congestion is reducing efficiency, increasing emissions and reducing liveability.
As the Victorian population is set to grow to 8 million in the year 2050, we will witness the increase of network congestion to the point of failure if we continue to rely on the current system of mobility. Therefore, we will require mobility systems to maximise efficiency, reduce vehicle use and energy consumption and simultaneously increase accessibility.
Disruptive businesses and innovations such as ‘Uber’ combined with emerging autonomous vehicles functionality have converged as a catalyst for change. This design project seeks to present a public transportation system that addresses mobility issues that exist in current ways of transit and provide an opportunity for nodal mobility infrastructure that provides a scalable public transport system that can work with mass transit systems such as rail and offer independent networks deployable in rural and regional areas.
The system can grow from a single vehicle owned by a rural council to a small fleet established and run by social enterprise. The units can be deployed as the rural school bus in the morning, take pensioners to town for lunch, and drop off the sports team after celebrating at the local pub.