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Sustainability of Future Urban Mobility

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Urban mobility is witnessing epochal changes due to the convergence of ubiquitous internet access, autonomous driving, and sharing economy. Traditional personal and mass transportation services such as private vehicles, taxi, and buses are challenged by novel, demand-responsive transport modes such as those provided by TNCs and micro-mobility operators. While showing potential for improving personal transportation efficiency and, hence, its sustainability, these new modes have also started to compete with mass transportation, which is in turn known as the most energy-efficient form of urban travel. This, coupled with predicted urbanization trends and worldwide rise of traffic congestion, raises several questions related to the sustainability of future urban mobility.

Aim
This research topic of Frontiers in Sustainable Cities aims at collecting scientific contributions relevant to the study of sustainability of urban transportation. While studies focused on current transport modes are of interest, even more interesting are studies that aim at understand and discussing trends in foreseeable future urban mobility.

Examples of themes covered in this topic are:
(i) Analysis of the effect of on-demand mobility on pre-existing transport modes, focusing in particular on how this effect could impact long-term sustainability.
(ii) Analysis of the impact of autonomous driving on vehicle miles traveled
(iii) Analysis of electrification impact, e.g., as a function of current and future transport modes
(iv) Micro-mobility, and its integration with public transit
(v) Analysis of the interplay between shared, autonomous mobility and electrification.
(vi) Analysis of how mobility infrastructure shall evolve to support future sustainable transport modes


Keywords: urban mobility, micro-mobility, autonomous mobility, on-demand mobility, sustainable mobility, multimodal sharing mobility, mobility technologies, mobility platforms, mobility business models


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Urban mobility is witnessing epochal changes due to the convergence of ubiquitous internet access, autonomous driving, and sharing economy. Traditional personal and mass transportation services such as private vehicles, taxi, and buses are challenged by novel, demand-responsive transport modes such as those provided by TNCs and micro-mobility operators. While showing potential for improving personal transportation efficiency and, hence, its sustainability, these new modes have also started to compete with mass transportation, which is in turn known as the most energy-efficient form of urban travel. This, coupled with predicted urbanization trends and worldwide rise of traffic congestion, raises several questions related to the sustainability of future urban mobility.

Aim
This research topic of Frontiers in Sustainable Cities aims at collecting scientific contributions relevant to the study of sustainability of urban transportation. While studies focused on current transport modes are of interest, even more interesting are studies that aim at understand and discussing trends in foreseeable future urban mobility.

Examples of themes covered in this topic are:
(i) Analysis of the effect of on-demand mobility on pre-existing transport modes, focusing in particular on how this effect could impact long-term sustainability.
(ii) Analysis of the impact of autonomous driving on vehicle miles traveled
(iii) Analysis of electrification impact, e.g., as a function of current and future transport modes
(iv) Micro-mobility, and its integration with public transit
(v) Analysis of the interplay between shared, autonomous mobility and electrification.
(vi) Analysis of how mobility infrastructure shall evolve to support future sustainable transport modes


Keywords: urban mobility, micro-mobility, autonomous mobility, on-demand mobility, sustainable mobility, multimodal sharing mobility, mobility technologies, mobility platforms, mobility business models


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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31 July 2020 Manuscript
31 August 2020 Manuscript Extension

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31 August 2020 Manuscript Extension

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