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Javier Pérez de la Cruz
Multimedia Journalist
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Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Discovering The Future Of Our Cities

This isn't just a podcast about what the future could theoretically look like. The Future of Cities – the new series from The Mission – aims at spreading the latest ideas but also the current and most innovative projects that could change – in less time than we tend to imagine – the way we live now.

This episode is the perfect example: The Mission's Ian Faison talks to Ryan Popple, President and CEO of Proterra, about the challenges the mobility sector is facing today, but especially about those it will face in the megacities of the near future

According to the UN, predictions suggest that by 2030 there will be 43 megacities with more than 10 million inhabitants.

As Popple himself puts it, megacities are "the most critical human habitat we need to understand and optimise"

Diesel buses are one of the most pressing issues. Their costs – especially when they don't run with many passengers –, pollution and a complete dependence on the oil industry are the problems diesel buses bring for municipality administrators.

Contrary to what many people think, Popple argues buses aren't always the most efficient mode of urban transportation. Depending on the situation, bicycles and even cars can be more adequate.

But, of course, he sees electric buses as one of the main elements of a green, environmental future. At the end of the day that's what his company – Proterra – does.

The conversation is full of interesting ideas and discussions about the role technological companies, like Popple's, could play in that future. Therefore, the episode is far from being just a propaganda space for 'new Teslas'.

Nevertheless, it's always good to bear in mind that 'The Future of Cities' is sponsored by another company, Katerra, focused on transforming the construction industry

So, summing up, give a listen to this insightful podcast if you want to reflect on the kind of future we want for our daily life. Eight months of research and over 20 interviews are waiting for you at the Mission.

Discovering The Future Of Our Cities
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