Revealed! Edinburgh has the UK’s ‘smartest’ drivers

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According to new research released today, Edinburgh boasts the smartest drivers in all of the UK.

The Scotsman reports that the study – conducted by Xerox Urban Mobility – shows that nearly 90% of Edinburgh drivers use smart technology while driving, parking or if they’re a commuter, buying tickets.

Despite all of this modern tech, it’s claimed drivers in the capital still take – on average – nine minutes to park. It’s little wonder, considering how hard it is to find a space in the city!

Driving apps are growing in popularity, and 45% of city drivers would like to see more of them released to help them find a parking space. Liftshare interviewed sharing economy site JustPark on this very blog a few months ago, and learned how its members are renting out their unused spaces to those in need. Check it out if you’re fed up with space hunting.

Although driving tech is being used by the masses in Edinburgh, the Xerox report shows that residents are using both public and private modes of transport to about the same degree – that’s 13 miles each week. The capital is renowned for having one of the best bus services in Europe, Lothian Buses.

General manager at Xerox Urban Mobility David Jones said of the results, “It is perhaps surprising that Edinburgh – which has a comparatively low level of transport infrastructure investment when compared to other large cities – has enabled the smartest commuting for its residents.

“It indicates that size has little to do with creating opportunities with mobile technology. Edinburgh, Brighton and Glasgow are notable
examples of cities that are deploying accurate information and open data in ways that are becoming prerequisites for modern city mobility.”

Have you driven or taken public transport in Edinburgh? What do you think of smart transport tech? Let us know below.

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