Data-driven mobility by users for users

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Strategic session 4:
Going beyond algorithms

How can digitalisation and algorithms change the way we move? How can passengers benefit from new technological innovations? Will there be user-centric and more accessible services? Digitalisation is not an end but an enabler for a more sustainable, safe, accessible and integrated transport system.

The strategic session is to discuss the benefits of digitalisation and how these benefits are implemented into real life, and to present examples how Mobility as a service, MaaS, changes our current transport systems. The session addresses different sectors of passenger transport but also the transport of goods.

Speakers will cover topics on shared mobility, digital travel services on the railway sector, and regulation aspects. The aim is to find answers: what is needed and required to do in order to achieve data-driven mobility systems in the EU.

Session organiser: Laura Lassila, Traficom

Laura LassilaLaura Lassila is legal counsel in Finnish Transport and Communications Agency, Traficom. She is specialised on digitalisation and competition on transport and telecommunication markets. Having years of experience on national and EU state aid law, she is now focusing on legal questions on developing markets for mobility as a service (MaaS) on national level as well as in international context. On telecommunication, she is currently involved developing software for the net neutrality measurement tool.

Laura is passionate to explore creative solutions and working to see the big picture. Despite her work in Traficom, Laura is also doctoral student in the University of Helsinki. In her studies, she is interested to learn how digitalisation, blockchains, and smart contract technologies will, and should, change how we see law in future.

Laura earned her Master’s degree in Law from the University of Lapland and a LL.M degree in International Trade Law from the University of Turin. Laura has also taken the Finnish bar exam.

Strategic session 5:
Rethinking the role of users

Inclusive mobility requires a user-centric approach. While taking into account the overall transport system optimisation, all users deserve the best possible solutions to travel from A to B. Freedom, variety and flexibility are key elements. The role of the user is changing due to the introduction of new technological advancements in road transport, such as Connected Cooperative Automated Mobility (CCAM), electrification and car sharing, but also the introduction of higher levels of autonomy in rail, aviation (including drones) and shipping.

The users have to rethink their role on strategic, tactical and operation levels and engage in a co-created mobility system. On a strategic level, this is about ownership or sharing of a vehicle, or making a strategic choice on using electric-powered or conventional propelled vehicles. Or maybe even from another angle, deciding to earn your income as a professional driver, you will know that the role of the driver by means of CCAM will change your job substantially in the long term.

On a tactical level, this is about making your choices for different modalities on your journey from A to B, with ever-increasing new possibilities, such as automated shuttles – and even micro-modalities, such as electric scooters. There is also the interaction with a platoon of trucks when you want to take the exit on the motorway. And last but not least, on an operational level: with more connectivity, more data and more information, more automation, there is a direct impact on the operation of these complex systems by the user.

Session organiser: Bastiaan Krosse, ERTRAC

Bastiaan KrosseAs a research manager, he is responsible for running the department of Integrated Vehicle Safety, which deals with the development of solutions and safety assessment methodologies for CCAD (Connected and Co-operative Automated Driving). In his previous role as Program Manager CCAD, he has been initiating and co-ordinating several (international) projects and collaborations, including the program on truck platooning. He is secretary of the Foresight group on Connectivity, Automation and Safety within EARPA (European Automotive Research Partners Association), an active member within ERTRAC, Program Committee Member of the TRA and member of the Strategy Committee within ERTICO.

Strategic session 6:
Taking transport safety to a new level: societal challenges, research solutions – the way forward

Everyone wants transport that is inexpensive, fast, punctual and environmentally friendly. Above all, however, it must be safe and secure. In its 2011 Transport White Paper, the EU sets ambitious targets for all modes of transport, such as moving close to zero fatalities in road transport by 2050, halving road casualties by 2020, and ensuring that the EU remains a world leader in safety for all modes of transport. Last year, the European Commission confirmed its “Vision Zero” and adopted a Strategic Action Plan for road safety.

Over the last ten years, safety has improved across all modes. There are nevertheless still too many people killed or severely injured on European roads. With about 25,000 fatalities and ca. 1.4 million injured per year remaining nearly constant, the EU appears to be in a phase of stagnation in its efforts to improve road safety. The associated socio-economic costs of an estimated EUR 280 billion are a major burden to the EU economy. For other modes of transport, the challenge is to raise the bar of safety levels notwithstanding the increase of traffic and complexity of operations stemming from the integration of new types of vehicles (supersonic, drones, flying cars etc).

Moreover, the digitalisation of transportation will lead to a more flexible, interconnected and self-learning system, with higher levels of automation for vehicle and operations alike, which calls for the development of smarter human-machine interactions.

Increasing the level of safety in all transport modes also means managing risks. Through analysing the root cause of accidents and casualties, risks can be assessed – qualitatively and quantitatively – and adequately mitigated. This process entails the consideration of all phases of design and operations as well as the human factors, performance and behaviour.

Therefore, in order to help achieve the policy objectives, transport safety research actions are urgently required to assess the potential impact that emerging technologies as well as increased automation and digitisation in the realm of transportation may have on the associated risk matrix and primarily the performance of humans.

Session organiser: Ovidiu Dumitrache, ACARE

Ovidiu DumitracheOvidiu Dumitrache is a senior manager within the Directorate Civil-Military Aviation of EUROCONTROL, dealing with Strategy and Policy matters. He has been involved since 2005, within EUROCONTROL, in stakeholder co-ordination, international co-operation, global interoperability and harmonisation, the implementation of SESAR as well as the definition of EUROCONTROL and European Air Traffic Management and Aviation Research Strategies. He is an active representative of EUROCONTROL in the Advisory Council for Aviation Research in Europe (ACARE).


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