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.
Are millennials thinking in the same way on mobility as others? Mpact is involved in the development of an urban multi-modal transportation app with the integration of carpooling. We asked some feedback to students from KULeuven-Campus Brussels.
After more than a year of recruiting companies, drafting plans of actions and finally getting carpool-promotion done, there are moments I hope to relive many times more.
The driverless car is arriving. Soon, joining the daily traffic jams will be a lot more enjoyable. Traffic jams could also disappear. The use of cars can be much more effective if we make best use of the technology and available data. The self-driving car has the potential to dramatically change our mobility. But who decides which direction we go?
Today the success stories of AirBnB, BlaBlaCar, Lyft, and others are already well known. The rise of these initiatives is just one side of the sharing economy. In many neighborhoods, peer-initiatives are flourishing. Something new is happening – the rise of active citizenship, people identifying themselves with their neighborhood, working on social cohesion – a renaissance of neighborhoods and bringing people together who believe in each other. At least this is happening in the Belgian city of Ghent where local initiatives received a big window: a very successful sharefest took place this September.