Ride-hailing platforms have caused disruption to the traditional taxi industry and workforce in many cities worldwide. How can we adopt smart cities innovations that are less disruptive, and that can even create a better societal outcome for consumers, workers, companies, and regulators? In this talk, Andy will present case studies based on his startup’s PAIR smart taxi open data platform in China’s megacities Chengdu and Shenzhen. The PAIR platform includes: 1) Smart Hub – offers travellers standardized and efficient taxi service at airports worldwide; 2) Smart Dropoff Code – elevates driver productivity by overcoming language barriers; 3) Smart Route – helps transport regulators fight congestion by replacing car travel with economically sustainable bus routes. Andy will also share insights from his involvement in the taxi modernization project of Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires. These experiences that span China and Argentina suggest that a global network of open data marketplaces can help smart cities innovations compete fairly and scale rapidly across a global common market, and help build an inclusive society for and led by citizens.
About the Speaker
Dr. Andy Zheng is the founder of Aspiring Citizens Cleantech, the startup that built the PAIR platform engine. He is also an Adjunct Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities (LKYCIC), where he works on the Smart Scaling initiative (in the LKYCIC’s Smart Cities Lab under the Chen Tianqiao Program in Urban Innovation) that believes in inclusive and scalable smart city innovations. Andy has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests in renewable energy and innovation have led him to focus on researching and developing novel data-driven solutions that optimize energy use and minimize carbon footprint in smart cities. He has been working on innovative solutions to empower the taxi and ride-hailing industry. His views on reforming taxi industry have been published in Chinese media.
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