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INE at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Conference 2019 in Washington DC

The 98th annual transportation conference attracted more than 13000 experts from all over the world to gather in Washington DC between 13-17 January 2019.
The meeting program covered all transportation modes, with more than 5000 presentations in nearly 800 sessions and workshops, addressing topics of interest to policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. A number of sessions and workshops focused on the spotlight theme for the 2019 meeting: Transportation for a Smart, Sustainable, and Equitable Future.

Within this huge networking event, INE presented a poster of the Smart Commuting project. Insights into how a smart and sustainable commuting environemnt can be built has been given and attracted a lot of attention. The poster was awarded with “Best in Session” poster award by the standing commitee on public transportation planning and development (more information about the project can be found here: https://smartcommuting.eu).

We based our poster around three core topics that were adressed within the Smart Commuting project:

  • Commuters
  • Stransport-related stakeholders
  • Trends influencing the transport sector

As such, a main selling point was the visualization of four different commuter groups derived through a cluster analysis, enabling more strategic policy measures. Furthermore, we explained that the commuter society is still not open towards the use of sharing mobility options like car-/ridesharing or bikesharing. Here, it is encouraged to target younger commuters and female private car users as they show an above average openness and could thus spread the awareness to other groups.

Interestingly, transport-related stakeholders seem to be willing to actively support shared mobility, displaying a gap between the openness of the commuter society in contrast to stakeholders.

Lastly, influential trends were found to be the increasing population growth in suburbs and increasing working population in city centres. The trend of lower share of driving licences among young commuters however depicts a starting point for more sustainable ways of transportation.

The TRB conference revealed that the focus of MobINE on shared mobility, autonomous driving and electric mobility is on spot and that mobility experts increasingly demand for a mix of qualitative and quantitative research instead of solely quantitative models.

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Wie gestalten Sie Ihre Freizeitmobilität?

Im Rahmen einer Vertiefungsarbeit eines Masterstudenten der ZHAW führen wir eine Umfrage zum Thema „Freizeitmobilität in der Schweiz“ durch.
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The Future of Mobility

The Swiss Energy Symposium in Zurich discussed the future of mobility with more than 200 participants and a variety of speakers addressing different topics. Merja Hoppe presented an overview on technological, social, economic and political trends.

Merja Hoppe speaking at the SES Symposium 2018 (Source: energiestiftung.ch)

Together these trends – such as autonomous driving, change of lifestyle and new app-based mobility solutions – are expected to change how we travel in the future in a fundamental way. Less clear is the direction of this transformation. As future does not happen occasionally, the question of future mobility is not one of anticipating the future, but of deciding on the future we want to have. Having the principles of sustainability in mind for mobility this might mean shifting our focus and decisions: from (material) living standard to quality of live ; from wealth to well-being ; from consuming to using ; from auto-mobility to individualized public transport ; from efficiency to sufficiency.

Presentations of the day are available at (in German) Slides as pdf


MobINE at ICTTE Belgrade 2018

After three successfully organized International Conferences on Traffic and Transport Engineering in recent years, the city of Belgrade hosted from 27-28 September 2018 for the fourth time the ICTTE Belgrade 2018, including the H2020 project INTEND final event.

The conference covered a wide range of topics related to traffic and transportation engineering, with the aim of representing the importance of all modes of traffic and transport, especially the importance of improving these industries, and their compliance to sustainable development. The conference was jointly organized by the City Net Scientific Research Center Ltd. Belgrade, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering and H2020 project INTEND (Indentify Future Transport Research Needs, GA no. 769638).

Dr. Merja Hoppe speaking @ ICTTE Belgrade 2018

As a member of the INTEND project consortium, the MobINE presented the final results of its corresponding work package Paving the way to future – guidelines for a forward looking transport sector, focussing on gaps and blind spots in transportation research as well as recommendations for future research priorities for a sustainable and competitive European transport sector.

In addition, results from a case study on the potential of electromobility as an enabler for system transformation in the Lake Constance region were presented in a second session.

Find the conference proceedings under the following link Conference Proceedings.

For more information about the conference, visit the conference homepage ICTTE Belgrade 2018.


Expert’s assessment on evolutionary developments in the transport system

In the course of the ongoing work for the INTEND project – which aims to identify future transport research needs and priorities – an online survey was conducted to validate hypotheses on the evolutionary development of the transport system. The survey addressed in particular transport related representatives from the academia, industry and policy sector and focused on the following main topics:

  • innovations in transport technologies and their impact on the transport system
  • the changing transport market
  • the sustainability of the transport system
  • the role of the policy with regard to emerging technologies and sustainability

Results show, that autonomous vehicle systems are expected to have rather positive than negative impacts on the transport system in the future, for instance due to more efficient traffic flows and better capacity utilization. However, large-scale implementations of autonomous driving systems are expected to be implemented first in cargo/freight than in passenger transportation and probably also in urban rather than in rural areas. With regard to passenger transportation, there is a strong tendency visible, that autonomous vehicle systems will be in use rather as mobility service than in private ownership. However, it remains unclear what effects autonomous driving systems will have on the spatial development and whether they will reinforce a decentralised spatial development in the future or not. In the field of UAV technology, it is expected that drones will be used more likely in cargo/freight transportation than in passenger transportation in the future.Participants’ assessment on the deployment of autonomous vehicle systems in different cases and applications (Data: ZHAW / n=106)

Regarding future changes in the transport market, there is a significant tendency visible, that private car ownership will decrease in the future due to newly emerging mobility products and services. This assessment also coincides with the experts’ expectation that the competitor’s landscape in the transport market will change in the future because of new players entering the market and challenging traditional mobility providers. In addition, the sharing of mobility rides is expected to have a high potential in the future whereas revolutionary transport concepts such as the Hyperloop One are not expected for being implemented on a large-scale. An integration into the transport system is therefore rather likely on heavily frequented routes in the medium-distance segment.

Regarding the impact of technological innovations on the sustainability of the transport system, there is a strong tendency visible that the increasing electrification of drivetrains could have positive impacts on the sustainability. However, the negative impacts resulting from the battery production are generally seen as less relevant within this context. In addition, there is a significant tendency visible, that lightweight construction could have a positive impact on the sustainability, for instance due to synergies with electric mobility.

Participants’ assessment on the attitude of the policy against innovations (Data: ZHAW / n=106)

Ultimately, survey results show that – with regard to newly emerging technologies – the policy is lagging behind and the regulatory framework conditions are not up to date at the moment. In addition, internalisation of negative external effects are expected to be crucial in the future, in order to achieve sustainability within transport (in contrast to a free market economy, which is expected to fail in this context).

The results of the online survey, as well as the findings of the initial desk research and the following expert interviews will be synthesized in a final work step, in order to draw a sketch of the future transport system, the main outcome in the first out of two deliverables for which the ZHAW is responsible within the INTEND project. This sketch will further on provide the basis to illustrate and understand the research needs, priorities and opportunities coming up with the transformation of the transport system – the main task in our second deliverable.

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