Summary of Shared, Electric and Automated Mobility (SEAM) Governance Framework

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Shared, Electric and Automated Mobility (SEAM) Governance Framework summary

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Facing a crisis in urban pollution and congestion, cities are reaching for new mobility models involving shared, electrified and automated vehicles that benefit the environment and society alike. To assist cities in implementing sustainable mobility initiatives, members of the World Economic Forum’s Autonomous and Urban Mobility portfolio have created a useful prototype governance framework. Maya Ben Dror and Michelle Avary, the portfolio’s lead and head, respectively, served as main authors of this informative white paper, with contributions from research and industry experts in America and Europe.

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Maya Ben Dror and Michelle Avary are lead and head, respectively, of Autonomous and Urban Mobility at the World Economic Forum.


The Shared, Electric and Automated Mobility (SEAM) Governance Framework provides a prototype framework for municipalities implementing SEAM initiatives.

Shared, electric and automated mobility (SEAM) includes high-occupancy rides, electrified vehicles, and both highly automated systems (operating without human assistance in limited environments) and fully automated systems (operating in all environments). Cities should incorporate these transport modes in their near future urban passenger mobility systems. By providing this governance framework, members of the Autonomous and Urban Mobility (AUM) portfolio at the World Economic Forum Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution aim to support the integration of various approaches to SEAM. The goal is that cities should adapt the framework to their specific contexts, and the portfolio’s members aim to assist local urban pilots in doing so. By participating in local pilots, the AUM community seeks to develop best practices, improve the framework iteratively and reduce barriers to SEAM development.


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