About this Research Topic
To enable transformative change towards sustainable urban mobility it is vital to go beyond a mere technical perspective on vehicle technologies and take a systemic approach. The Living Lab concept outlined in this paper addresses e-mobility innovation as a component of an intermodal concept that assists in the wider transition towards sustainable urban mobility. Testing innovative urban e-mobility solutions at different Technology readiness levels (TRL) and in different environments can enable replication and can contribute to a supportive political, legal, economic and fiscal landscape. An integral part of the effective Living Lab approach is the facilitation of close cooperation between local, regional and national decision-makers, operators, industry and businesses to develop innovative e-mobility solutions that not only fit into the local context but that are also scalable and replicable. The Living Lab approach outlined here considers mobility as a socio-technical system that consists of technologies, regulations, institutional settings, the economic system, interests, influence and power structures, behavioral patterns, and social norms. It considers that e-mobility should be integrated with existing transport services and networks in the frame of sustainable urban mobility
planning tailored to the specific local economic, technological, social, political and environmental context. The integration of e-mobility innovations into the wider frameworks of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs), local air quality plans and National Urban Mobility Policies as well as business operations and industry development strategies are vital objectives of this approach.
Authors are invited to submit papers that draw from urban mobility living labs featuring local interventions across the whole spectrum of sustainable transport, including:
- urban design,
- walking and cycling,
- public transport,
- electric mobility,
- Mobility as a Service,
- urban logistics and complementary measures.
Papers should aim to contribute to the existing body of literature by shedding light on the role of different factors affecting mobility innovations, such as local capacities and institutions, interplay of different polices, operating environment for entrepreneurs, technology aspects, funding and financing.
Keywords: Urban Development, Living Labs, Mobility, Sustainability
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