Micro Mobility in Japan
The urbanization rate in Japan was % in 2014, higher than in Western Europe and North America (about %). Urban areas are more congested.
The rail system is well established in Japan’s urban areas. While rural areas suffer from lack of public transport infrastructure, urban areas face first mile and last mile connectivity issues.
Japan is the most ageing society in the world. Over a quarter of the population is years or older and this number is expected to reach % by 2060. Mobility for seniors is a key challenge.
Reducing CO2 emissions from transportation is a mobility challenge globally, including in Japan.
Micro Mobility Potential
Micro mobility has the potential to solve mobility challenges because of its compact size, body type, ease of driving, and being electricity driven.
It is expected to address mobility needs for different users such as city dwellers, rural residents, tourists, the elderly, and business users.
The potential is high as city dwellers’ first mile and last mile connectivity, for business use for delivery, and elderly personal mobility.
About this report
Micro mobility is a small vehicle that accommodates 1–2 passengers. At present, many micro mobility models are not allowed on public roads in Japan, as they do not fall under any existing vehicle category. However, social experiments are being conducted in many cities to test the feasibility and usage of micro mobility. This study explains the case studies of such social experiments. It also includes an executive summary, mobility challenges, micro mobility potential, and demonstration experiments of micro mobility.
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