Symposium on Urban Mobility Challenges 2017


Symposium on Urban Mobility Challenges 2017

Due to the success of previous editions, CARNET is organizing the third Symposium on Urban Mobility Challenges: Mobility-as-a Service on November 13.

The Open Space for Doctorates in Future Mobility will be held after the symposium. The event’s goal is to bring together researchers in the field of mobility. CARNET is therefore looking for PhD students who wish to present their projects at the event*.

The Symposium and OpenSpace are relevant due to the current transformation of cities, and the increasing pressure on the liveability of the urban space. Predictions for the future show that, if we continue to implement traditional policy responses, the situation won’t improve. Mobility-as-a-service is one of the major solutions that could relieve the urban traffic system.

This concept can attract private capital for public transport, as private mobility services can be offered combined with established public transport facilities. This concept is also expected to be considerably less expensive than the traditional policies, which consist mainly of building more roads and expanding public transport.

As a closer link between supply and demand will be reached, efficiency in mass transport will increase. Diverting travellers to less crowded routes could reduce congestion during peak hours. There might even be very positive changes in the city, as less space will be needed for cars, so the urban space can be made greener and pedestrian-friendly.

Despite these positive expectations of MaaS, there is still a lot of uncertainty in the development of the concept, as it could take many forms and could be marketed to different types of customers. Some of its consequences are also uncertain, such as reduced need for car possession, an increasing number of journeys, or perhaps even a mode-shift away from public transport.

The Symposium aims to show what MaaS could look like from the perspective of the customer, to determine which stakeholders are needed to deliver the product, and to identify the benefits MaaS could provide to different stakeholders.  

For more information about the Symposium and the OpenSpace, please follow this link:

*If you are a doctoral student and want to participate in our OpenSpace, please fill in the form: