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Foresight analysis and social impacts of new mobility solutions

Self-driving buses, electric scooters, Mobility-as-a-Service - all have great potential to improve mobility in our cities and communities. But will it happen automatically?

Expectations of mobility technologies in the social debate are usually exaggerated and over-optimistic – but their effects remain unclear. In order to contribute to sustainable mobility, the development of mobility technologies must follow the following principles:

  • New mobility technologies are part of the mobility puzzle: e.g. self-driving vehicles should complement, not replace, existing (sustainable) mobility solutions
  • Local adaptation is crucial: national, regional, municipal, in neighbourhoods
  • It is important to create the conditions for infrastructure and systems that promote/facilitate sustainable development/mobility

RISE can deliver strategic research and innovation projects focusing on the social and environmental effects of transport technologies. Actors can understand how new technologies will affect social and urban development and can develop strategies and instruments to ensure that the technologies will actually contribute to sustainable development and better mobility.

Maria Schnurr

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Maria Schnurr

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