Berlin learning expedition: 1/4. Discovering the future of transportation @Innoz.
Tina Batana — Hava Yildiz
For a couple of days, the MTI Master went on a learning expedition, exploring the fields of #smartcities. Here’s a glimpse of what we witnessed.
The Innovation Centre for Mobility and Societal Change describes its activity as “connect key players from industry, research, and government in order to pioneer mobility solutions at the intersection of transport, energy, and informations and communications technology (ICT)” as well as “integrate potential end users into both the development and the testing of prototypes under real-life conditions”
What we saw:
We saw a hub of mobility true to its mission with an access to the EUREF campus via environmental-friendly vehicles only.
We discovered 3 main focus of the center:
- Data-driven analysis
Bring curated and innovative solutions to the difficulties denting the transport sector based on real-time data through apps and hands-on investigation.
Conduct multimodal analysis to catch mobility behaviors of users in order to foresee new mobility systems.
- Living lab
Create new mobility culture collaboratively with users and providers to show how it might feel like in daily life to use new mobility ways. Observe, prototype, use the campus as a place dedicated to experimentation. The idea is to explore the future of mobility from different perspectives in order to co-create solutions against air pollution and CO2 emissions by conceiving and encouraging greener mobility ways.
- Agenda setting & participation
Discuss, build pilots with stakeholders, find new strategies for mobilities. Bring together actors from the energy and the mobility sectors to debate on the challenges facing their industries and foster synergies.
What we learned
· Car owners vs public transportation users
Identifying mobility patterns and behaviour is getting increasingly difficult and more so than only considering car owners versus public transportation users. Indeed, mobility corresponds to a system more and more interconnected where car owners can take their bike out for short journeys and public transportation users can rent cars when shopping large items.
Instead of focusing on each new “shiny” transportation trends and considering them separately, Innoz considers new mobility innovations as multi-layered and complex following a typical journey of commuters.
· Autonomous vehicle vs autonomous shuttle
Innoz decided to focus on automated shuttles rather than automated cars to reach more people, in a more sustainable way and to better cover rural areas. Those shuttles would provide a “last-mile” connexion between home and public transport. That focus led Innoz to experiment the French startup EasyMile shuttle on campus for 6-months. Thereby, Innoz is focusing on creating large-scale solutions for short distance mobility by reinventing public transportation.
· Questionnaire vs life size experience
All information on mobility has been historically gathered through questionnaires. This type of survey makes it difficult to know what people need or want as they have not tried the service their asked to review. The approach of Innoz is to make visitors and stakeholders test and learn new initiatives of mobility on a small and specific scale on their EUREF campus in Berlin. The aim is to paint an accurate representation of how a technology is accepted and integrated, in other words, the potential of adoption of the solutions by its future users.