About this Research Topic
Urban mobility is currently experiencing a number of disruptive forces that are profoundly changing how citizens interact with cities. Younger citizens want on-demand access to mobility solutions without the inconvenience of car ownership, while older citizens want the freedoms guaranteed by long-term access to personal mobility solutions. Regulators, driven by concerns about challenges such as global warming, air quality, noise pollution, as well as the economic and societal cost of congestion, are placing ever more stringent requirements on mobility solutions and the way they integrate into urban settings. Simultaneously, advances in areas such as communication networks, the internet of things (IoT), distributed ledger technology (Blockchain), smart cities, and cyber-physics, are placing increased expectations on the performance of urban mobility solutions. This is all happening at a time when the workhorse of urban mobility, the motor vehicle, is itself undergoing a transformative technological revolution. Cars have basically retained the same form, with the same functionalities, since the invention of the diesel engine over 100 years ago. Suddenly innovation is coming in every direction. The future of the automobile is no longer the internal combustion engine, but rather mobility platforms that are autonomous, electric, connected, shared, and deliverable as part of integrated mobility solutions, delivering services to passengers, drivers, and citizens alike.
More recently, the Covid-19 outbreak is disrupting millions of people worldwide in a way that was un-imaginable just a short time ago. This disruption will lead to many new constraints on transportation networks as society responds from a new tension arising between health and safety, and the need for environmentally sustainable transport solutions. New mobility solutions taking such aspects into account are particularly welcome.
Position papers in any of the following areas are welcome:
1. New scientific questions arising from urban mobility questions;
2. Innovative integrated mobility concepts;
3. Innovative mobility technologies;
4. New business models;
5. New use-cases for mobility platforms;
6. The ethical and social impact of innovative mobility platforms;
7. Proof-of-concepts, use-cases, pilots, and real deployments;
8. Post-Covid-19 scenarios.
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