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As cities change around the globe, one professional emphasizes the significance of “sensible mobility”.

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A smart city expert has highlighted the importance of redefining “smart mobility”, arguing that the most successful urban areas have benefited from the departure from traditional transport systems.

Arturo Bris, director of the IMD World Competitiveness Center, told CNBC's Squawk Box Europe on Friday that the way we move around cities could be about to make a significant change.

"I think the successful cities are moving from traditional transportation systems to (a) intelligent transportation systems," he said.

Bris went on to explain that this could be achieved in a number of ways, such as "car sharing, mobility solutions based on bicycles or scooters" or even by removing the concept of a "drivable city" and improving and increasing the number of pedestrian areas. "

From contactless payments for bus rides to on-demand services like Uber and Lyft booked through smartphones, the way people deal with dense urban environments is changing, often, which often associates technological innovation with ideas about sustainability .

Bike rental programs are also being rolled out in major cities around the world, while a number of local authorities are redesigning entire areas to make them more pedestrian and bike friendly.

Bris' comments follow the release of the 2020 Smart City Index, published by the Institute for Management Development in partnership with Singapore University for Technology and Design.

The Smart City Index ranked a total of 109 cities, with Singapore at the top, followed by Finland's Helsinki and Switzerland's Zurich.

Bris said a smart city is a city that used technologies like smart cameras and air pollution control while benefiting citizens.

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