The goal is to realize a society where everyone can move freely, safely and in a pollution-free way.
At the Innovation Network for Co-Creating the Future, we believe that the following 4 changes will have a significant impact in resolving societal problems in the area of Mobility.
- Road congestion in urban and interurban areas continues to be a major problem in our country. Traffic jams occurring during peak commuting time periods and traffic congestion on highways during the holiday seasons are typical cases of this problem, incurring a loss of time and money. Congestion also exacerbates the negative impact on the environment due to CO2 emissions.
- In recent years, major Chinese and Southeast Asian cities have achieved remarkable economic growth. While populations have increased rapidly and cities have urbanized, insufficient traffic infrastructure has caused chronic traffic congestion leading to significant economic losses.
Innovation to support mobility-impaired persons
- Due to the closures of many small and medium-sized shops and grocery stores, there are many localities where seniors and those with disabilities cannot go shopping on foot. This phenomenon has come to be known as “food desert”. In rural areas where public transportation routes are underdeveloped, seniors and those with disabilities who cannot drive are severely disadvantaged. Without the means to carry out daily activities such as dining out, going shopping, or traveling to the hospital, there are concerns that seniors and the disabled face a declining quality of life (QOL).
- In developing countries, the expansion of public transportation services cannot keep up with the rapid pace of urbanization. For city dwellers, especially vulnerable users such as those in poverty and seniors, the lack of sufficient public transportation is an unavoidable fact of life. In places where public transportation is not well established, vulnerable commuters such as seniors, handicapped and children have limited access to medical and educational facilities, etc.
Innovation for prevention of traffic fatalities
- In developing countries, the number of deaths from traffic accidents is rising. The primary causes are insufficient road infrastructure and budget allocation for road maintenance and the patrolling of traffic violations.
- The number of deaths in Japan due to traffic accidents has been declining since 1992. While recording the fewest number (3,694) in 2017, the proportion of seniors (65 years-old and older) involved is growing.
Innovation to improve logistics efficiency
The increase in frequency of delivery and redelivery in urban areas has become a social problem, resulting in a decline in distribution efficiency. In rural areas, concerns are increasing over one-way delivery traffic between cities and a low load rate of only 40% of total capacity.
Mashroom’s smart delivery box, which can be controlled via a smartphone, enables couriers to deliver parcels in the absence of their recipient. Installing the boxes into apartments, houses, and shopping complexes will eliminate the necessity for redelivery and its associated burdens. The smart box is inexpensive as it does not require an IT network or power supply. It is also secure thanks to its unique authentication technology.
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The following themes will also be considered for this program:
Business proposals may also be submitted for multifaceted social issues that involve several focus areas.
Note: business proposals focusing only on infrastructure technologies (e.g. AI and blockchains) will not be accepted.