Mobility plays a major role in the development of a sustainable world and is a prerequisite for a number of the United Nation’s sustainability goals. “Smart” mobility stands for an increasing connection of the means of transport for both goods and passengers with the aim to make cities more efficient, technologically advanced, greener and socially inclusive.

Innovations such as alternative drive technologies, digitalization, increasingly automated vehicles, big data and new technological developments are creating new possibilities. Integrated, autonomous and sustainable mobility allows cities and regions to offer a high quality of life and cost effective and safe transport systems for industry. However, long-term impacts on the environment, economy and local authorities are still largely unclear. To bring forward innovations many different factors such as the user demands, investments costs, the acceptance of potential operators, users and those affected as well as the reactions from the relevant environment have to be considered.

The session will address examples of relevant mobility trends and technologies, explore the impacts of new forms of transporting people and goods and illustrate the complex mechanisms to make smart mobility successful.


Margriet van Schijndel-de Nooij, Director European Research Collaboration, TNO Traffic and Transport, EARPA Secretary General


Sergio Barbarino, Research Fellow, Procter & Gamble

Dr. Marie Bysveen, Head of research Smart Cities/Senior researcher, SINTEF

Dr. Verena Ch. Ehrler, DLR Institute of Transport Research, Germany, currently guest Researcher, IFSTTAR AME, France
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Dr. Hans Quak, Senior Research Scientist, TNO
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