Our activity

Visit MobINE at SES 2018 conference on Friday, 21th September, in Zurich

The “future of mobility” seems within reach. Autonomous driving, electric vehicles and smart traffic concepts; great hopes are placed on technological change. But the reality is different. It is not the future that dominates the present picture, but structures of the past: overpowered cars, traffic jams, noise, high CO2 emissions and energy consumption.

Energy policy is transportation policy. The transportation sector is one of the largest energy consumers, responsible for one third of our total energy consumption. It also generates around one third of Switzerland’s CO2 emissions. The energy revolution therefore includes a paradigm change in transport. But what instruments and measures are required for this endeavour? Join our journey to find the answers at the SES 2018 conference in Zurich.

The conference will highlight the links between mobility, transport and energy. It provides inputs on how politics and business can promote sustainable mobility behaviour. And it encourages new ways of thinking about how we can start the much-needed change in mobility and transportation.

Dr. Merja Hoppe from MobINE will give a keynote speech on sustainable, multimodal and modern mobility systems. Visit the event and discuss with us. All information and registration is available at https://www.energiestiftung.ch/veranstaltung/fachtagung-2018-mobilitaet-der-zukunft.html



Online survey about the future of mobility


As part of the ongoing work in our EU-financed H2020 project INTEND, the MobINE conducts an online survey about the future development of the European transport sector and the impacts of potential game changers on the current transport system.

Help us shape the future of mobility in Europe and take part in our survey under the following link:


The survey takes only about 5-10 minutes to complete and is completely anonymous!

For more information about INTEND, visit the project Homepage or follow the latest news on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.


3rd Project meeting in Thessaloniki

In mid-June, the MobINE participated at the 3rd project meeting of the EU-funded project INTEND (Intentify future transport research needs) at the Hellenic Transport Institute CERTH-HIT in Thessaloniki, Greece.

The main item on the agenda for the first meeting day was to present and discuss the work progress in the different work packages. The MobINE (in the lead for work package 4, paving the way to future: guidelines for a forward looking transport sector), presented their results from the initial desk research on trends and developments in the transport sector as well as first findings from their qualitative interviews with various experts from the european transport sector. Results from the expert interviews will be used further on to create hypotheses concerning the evolutionary development of the transport system. The hypotheses themselves will be validated in a final step with a broad online survey. On the second day of the meeting, the focus lied primarily on the planning of the final event in Belgrade (ICTTE Belgrade 2018) where the INTEND consortium will be one of the keynote speakers.

Now we are looking forward to a busy month of July, at the end of which we will submit our first deliverable that will show, how the transport system could look like in the future.

For more information about INTEND, visit the project Homepage or follow the latest news on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

Our activity

German delegation visits ZHAW and MobINE

Related to a trip of a German delegation of members of Universities and other research institutions of Baden-Württemberg a meeting took place in June.

Alternative technologies and sustainable mobility solutions were discussed and joint research interests were identified. We presented research results on E-Mobility at the Lake Constance Region together with HTWG Constance. The lacking integration of stakeholders on the supplyside for car charging infrastructure and for E-Bike sharing was shown as one of the barriers for market distribution of new mobility solutions.

Smart Commuting

How will your daily commute look like in the future?

Commuter flows are constantly increasing in the urban regions of Europe. The results are traffic jams at peak times, overloaded public transport systems and rising costs. At the same time, lifestyles and working methods are becoming more dynamic and versatile. Classic offices can increasingly be exchanged for mobile or home-office workplaces, flexible working time models and part-time work are increasing. Mobility strategies must be adapted to this development. The European research project ENSCC Smart-Commuting uses a case study in Basel (Switzerland) to investigate to what extent digitally connected and multimodal mobility offers can be a solution. The study focuses in particular on new digital service concepts such as MaaS, which combine the planning, booking and payment of mobility in one system. The potential of such systems to encourage a shift from individual automobility to more sustainable modes of transport, such as public or active transport, is being investigated. Project results of Smart Commuting (http://www.smartcommuting.eu) were presented at the Interreg “Klimafreundlich Pendeln” closing event. Also make sure to visit their website as well.

To find out how commuters currently undertake their daily travel to work, Smart Commuting undertook an online survey between March and April 2017 in the Canton of Basel-Stadt among 550 commuters. This made it possible to gain exciting impressions regarding the current layout of daily commutes, as well as to determine sustainability potentials of new mobility systems.

The commute of tomorrow… Sustainability potential through digitalization?

New service concepts such as mobility as a service or sharing systems require users to be digitally connected and willing to receive regular information about their ideal route to work.
33.2% of the commuters surveyed frequently use the Internet to search for information (timetables or route information) on their way to and from work. Almost half of the questioned stated that they occasionally use their cars for commuting. Car users appreciate the high flexibility (58.3%) and the short travel times (49.4%). More than 75% of all commuters regularly combine their commute to work with shopping. If new, networked mobility offers can keep up with these requirements, they have the potential to make up for the benefits of the car. However, the lack of openness of commuters to new forms of mobility presents a challenge. Just under a quarter of those surveyed could imagine going to work by car-sharing. The willingness of other transport services is even lower.

Reaching commuters

The study was able to show that new mobility offers can certainly respond to the changed needs of commuters and make a contribution to greater sustainability by promoting sharing traffic, public transport and non-motorized traffic. The lack of openness towards these alternatives remains a challenge. Commuters are not a homogenous group. To make alternatives to the car attractive, mobility solutions should be tailored specifically to the needs of commuter groups; such commuter groups were identified using exploratory data analysis for the sample. All groups show a similarly low openness towards car and ride sharing. However, younger and lower-income commuters tend to be more open to these alternatives. In addition, among frequent car users, men are less willing to share the car than women. On the other hand, women who often use other means of transport are less open to car and ride sharing than men.  Specific measures tailored to those with an above-average openness to sharing modes could foster the adoption and spread of these new means of transport. This could include targeted promotion of public transport, family discounts or e-bike events. By the end of the project in autumn 2018, further recommendations will be drawn based on the empirical project results.