From the 22nd until the 24th of February a gathering of smart and creative people took place in Groot-Bijgaarden, near Brussels. More than 2.000 people joined the event Mobility of the Future. Besides the conference program, there was a hackathon to brainstorm about mobility challenges in Belgium. Read about the results of the #SocialCar challenge.
If your New Year’s resolutions are to have more sustainable mobility in your municipality, read this blog. (Thanks us later.)
On 7th of September, Mpact and Autodelen.net launched the idea of “mobipunten” in Flanders Region. These mobility hubs provide tailor made opportunities for sustainable (and shared) mobility. The inspiration came directly from the Share North project as project partners city of Bremen and city of Bergen are already experimenting with this concept.
Since recently you can download the source code for turning a modern car into a self-driving one for free. This could speed up the mobility transition in many countries.
Is technology able to make you blind? Angelo from Mpact has a particular experience after using the self-driving feature from the Tesla ModelX.
The databases concerning shared mobility are on their way towards a bright future. Yet, are they able to become tools for social integration for people who are more vulnerable, the elderly, or persons with reduced mobility? (Article from Alteréchos, Julie Luong). Extracts in translation.
SocialCar brought together a number of sharing economy practitioners and theorists in an open debate that took place in Brussels on 22nd November involving also representatives of the EU Commission. The experts identified three fields which require further attention when shaping the future of the shared mobility paradigm: the empowerment of small and medium-sized businesses, user-centred innovation and the need for data sharing.
In August 2016, the car-sharing provider and Mpact spin-off organisation, “cambio”, launched its first wheelchair-friendly car in Belgium. Read more about this experiment.
A sustainable urban mobility plan (SUMP) is a very good tool to realize a serious impact in the cities. We believe that shared mobility should be part of every SUMP.