About this Research Topic
• Electro-mobility (advances in electric vehicle propulsion and battery storage systems).
• Connected transport through vehicle-to-vehicle or vehicle-to-infrastructure communications and smart communication infrastructures.
• Connected - Autonomous (automated) vehicles and Cooperative Connected Autonomous (automated) Mobility – CCAM - for transport-on-demand systems.
• Intelligent traffic management, surveying and control systems.
• Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications in all Transportation modes and services.
• Big data and mass information processing technologies.
• Cultural and socioeconomic changes that will determine user acceptance and behavior in the future towards the expected new transport systems and services (e.g., will we keep our current predisposition for individualism and vehicle ownership?).
Transport research is performed at universities or research centers and is (or should be) ultimately aimed at having its results implemented in practical use. Successful implementation of research results to produce commercially attractive applications and products is defined as innovation. Innovation production is often hampered by a lack of financing, incomplete statutory and administrative structures, and bureaucratic red tape. As a result, innovation production has so far been suboptimal relative to the level of public and private investment devoted to it, in most countries and regions.
This Research Topic is hosted in the Transportation Systems Modeling section of which the main interest is on methods and models in transportation systems. The focus of this Research Topic is the processes and conditions as well as the influencing factors under which transport research implementation can be stimulated to produce innovation in the above areas of emerging transport technologies. This Research Topic aims to build upon the book written by Giannopoulos & Munro (one of whom is an editor of this special collection) called, “The Accelerating Transport Innovation Revolution: A Global, Case Study-Based Assessment of Current Experience, Cross-Sectorial Effects, and Socioeconomic Transformations”, Elsevier, 2019. It notes the immense amount of money spent in research and the need for further work on how innovations produced from these are implemented.
Case studies of transport research on a specific topic and its implementation story following the completion of the research contract are our main interests. The present call for papers is intended to collect papers that present and explain the circumstances of such cases and discuss the success or failure factors. The papers and their authors are expected to first present the main content and characteristics of their research and then its post-research implementation story giving – to the maximum extent possible – their answers to questions like the following:
o How can transportation innovation, especially “transformational” innovation be produced and facilitated?
o What are the factors and conditions of success?
o What models of successful innovation governance and funding can be recommended for the transport sector?
o What is the role of the private sector and how can public-private partnerships be facilitated for generating transformational innovation?
o How and under what circumstances can small-scale, “incremental”, innovation ignite wider “game-changing” technological and economic change?
o Why is fundamental innovation limited to a relatively few nations around the world?
Keywords: Transportation research implementation, emerging transport technologies, transformational innovation, smart communication infrastructures, Connected transport, Electro-mobility
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