New mobility must benefit everyone. Neither the public sector nor the private sector can do it alone: inclusive and equitable access and coverage are essential to building a transportation system that can unlock and sustain real value for a city and its residents. The ability to move seamlessly through urban landscapes can fundamentally reshape them as more equitable and dynamic places to live. What is the best role for public agencies and private sector companies when it comes to ‘public’ transportation? How can better transportation reshape commutes and
neighborhoods? What does the future city, revitalized by
better transportation, look like?
Streets comprise from a quarter to three-quarters of cities’ public space. New mobility patterns give city leaders, planners, and residents the opportunity to reclaim streets and sidewalks as dynamic places for gathering, walking, or cycling. Understanding the implications of good street design can help create arteries of wellbeing for thriving cities. What does truly human-centric street-design look like, and what are best practices for creating it?
Electrifying transport will be revolutionary… but it won’t be easy. E-mobility at scale has huge implications for the built environment, the future of the grid, and the massive energy transition to renewable fuels. Rewiring the grid to charge vast fleets of vehicles will require fundamental changes in urban infrastructure. What new infrastructure will take shape and how can old infrastructure be repurposed?
What if the future of urban transport is two wheels instead
of four? The rise of micromobility — encompassing docked and dockless bike-sharing, e-bikes, electric scooters, and more – may be the last-mile solution cities have been searching for. What are ways to incentivize active and sustainable personal mobility? How can urban infrastructure be rethought to prioritize people? How can new mobility innovation and policy be balanced through more collaboration between public and private actors?
As the shared economy continues to disrupt traditional mobility flows, the decline of personal car ownership seems to be an increasingly realistic prospect. Carpooling no longer relies on the minivan. It has evolved over the past decade into complex systems of ridesharing: from cars, bikes and now scooters that not only are changing the way we think about getting around but impacting the usage of our roads, curbs and sidewalks. At this rate of change, what does the future of shared mobility hold? How is the sharing economy gearing up for autonomy? And, in the United States at least, does the debate over shared versus individual car ownership threaten to become a highly politicized Second Amendment-type issue?
From global trade routes to hyperlocal deliveries, traditional supply chains are being revolutionized. New technologies, from data-driven logistics to hyperloop, autonomous trucking, deliverybots and drones, prompt us to rethink urban and regional logistics. With the delivery of more and more goods at our fingertips, and mobility modes such as the hyperloop looking to further compress time and space, what does the future hold for the freight industry?
With new mobility options constantly popping up, cities must oversee a diverse transport ecosystem that integrates public and private modes. How can each of the new privately-provided modes - from micromobility to ridehailing and AVs - best contribute to the public benefit, and how can city policies shape mobility choices to support those priorities? How can a comprehensive mobility as a service offering answer the divergent transport needs of all urbanites? What does seamless transport look like and how can cities achieve it? What steps do cities need to take to become the managers of their full transport systems?
With street space at premium, cities and companies alike are looking to the skies as new venues for passenger and parcel transport. Whether cargo drones, air taxis, or warehouse airships, new tech will disrupt fundamental notions of urban density and connectivity. What policies can cities put in place to reap the benefits while protecting cities and citizens?
The citizens of LA are among the first in the nation to access 5G home broadband network, the next generation of internet service that provides fast wi-fi. The high speed and ultra-low latency will have a profound impact not only on residents, but business and the local economy. What does this mean for LA, and how can this service help other cities improve traffic flow, ensure safety and promote sustainability? Can innovative PPPs be leveraged to create more digitally inclusive and efficient cities?
LA remains ground zero of the mobility revolution - a position it has held for decades. The actors leading this effort will discuss how new technologies, services, and unprecedented investments in transit will reshape the city.
The ability to leverage data from a wide variety of actors is
the key to understanding travel behavior and moving towardsmore efficient planning. Through shared, standardized, and interoperable information flows, responsive multimodal transport can flourish. How can the public and private sectors move towards more collaborative and open relationships surrounding data? How can new technologies create more efficient transport tools? How can anonymization and
aggregation be enforced to protect citizen privacy?
Women experience mobility very differently than men. They pay a “pink tax” on their movement through the city, as they must navigate obstacles of timing, family, and safety often overlooked by men. How can cities promote women-centric design and encourage women leadership in transportation? How can issues of safety in public transit and public space more generally be tackled?
Hack.LAMobility challenges students and professionals to work in teams and build innovative technology and transportation solutions with some of the latest IoT hardware and transit backend systems to reinvent mobility in LA. Final pitches and closing ceremony, 1:00-2:30pm on Saturday Nov 17.
The current mobility revolution is a cultural shift as much as a technological one. How can new mobility solutions and active transportation solve the first-last mile issue? Should public transit be free, and should congestion charges be the new norm? What does the future hold for public transportation?
Integrated, multimodal transportation is central to the way we need to think of urban mobility. Curbs, street space and commercial real estate will be highly impacted by these new forms of mobility. What needs to change in curb management? How can new mobility solutions solve the first-last mile issue?
EV demand is growing fast. Keeping up with this surge requires not only new infrastructure but new ways of thinking about the industry. What major challenges does the global EV market face? How are companies driving innovation within it? When can we expect widespread EV penetration? What does the future electric vehicle look like? How can cities deploy EVs as part of their managed fleets?
Every day seems to bring a new technology transportation company to the marketplace, but many disadvantaged communities still see their mobility needs go unmet. What does it mean to design people and goods mobility solutions with communities in mind, or to co-design mobility solutions with them? How can we better integrate underrepresented groups into planning the zero emissions future? What mindset shifts do entrepreneurs need to make to actually contribute to mobility needs in disadvantaged communities? How can local and regional public-private partnerships help address these gaps?
As the race for autonomy tightens, now is the time to decide on the role of AVs in the future of our cities. Unlocking the benefits of autonomy has tremendous promise for safer roads, more affordable, sustainable and accessible transportation. The success of these goals depends on adequate public private collaboration and multimodal integration. How much space should AVs occupy in our mobility networks? How will autonomy change the way our cities are designed?
Test Track Opening and Workshop Registration
The LA CoMotion Mobility Festival, November 17, is an immersive, open event inviting the general public and conference delegates to experience the most exciting new mobility technologies. Exhibits, workshops, panels, walking tours, test tracks, demos and more in the heart of the Arts District.
Opening up LA CoMotion to Angelenos is in line with our goal to advance better transportation for all and build awareness around the value of new mobility options and healthier cities. Celebrate the rise of a new LA, revitalized by better transportation, as we grow together towards 2028 and beyond.
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