Time determines Mobility

31 March, 2022

The human being, throughout his existence, has always adapted his notion of time to the external circumstances of his life. Recently, our relationship with the time spent on mobility has experienced an unforeseen change, thanks to rapid and decisive changes that are conditioning social and individual behavior.

Consequently, from the demand for mobility systems determined by the minimum time, we move to time being determined by the sustainability of mobility systems.

The possibility of communications between people out of any mobility system, thanks to the use of internet-supported platforms, at the speed of light, has resulted in the reduction of people’s physical mobility, eliminating many of the trips, thus leaving more time for other trips, which will become slower, thus contributing to the reduction of the greenhouse effect.

A remarkable first milestone was the acquisition of the Skype software by Microsoft in May 2011. From then on, either due to significant economic or environmental advantages, this change in the paradigm of time became unstoppable.

In 2020, and with the health requirements to combat the Covid 19 pandemic, this possibility of eliminating almost all physical travel, unexpectedly proved to be the main factor in sustaining economic and social activity.

We are therefore going to move less quickly, but more sustainably, significantly altering the notion and parameterization of time. The mobility of people will move to another paradigm, where the importance of the shortest possible time, disappears, to be replaced by the best performance in the fulfillment of sustainability, with the easy acceptance of the increase in time leading to the emergence of other mobility systems.

by António Campos e Matos

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