Through the leadership of Östergötland in the AER Working Group on Transports and Mobility, AER is involved in the New Mobility Services Initiative, of the European Commission. This initiative was set up within the Sustainable Urban Mobility Action Cluster of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC).
Bringing stakeholders together for smarter mobility
The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities brings together cities, industries, SMEs, investors, researchers and other smart city actors to accelerate innovation and cooperation. The New Mobility Services initiative is a market-changing undertaking supported by the European Commission which brings cities and regions together with other stakeholders to show-case innovative mobility solutions and support their replications.
Shaping the infrastructures of tomorrow
The New Mobility Services initiative was launched to help better integrate and manage urban transport, contributing to the development of collective systems for seamless multi-modal mobility, and create an open and collaborative marketplace for new mobility services in Europe. The New Mobility Services is establishing strategic partnerships between industry, European cities and regions. As a result cooperation is développante between private and public partners including companies, NGOs, research centers & universities, and policymakers. These cooperations aim to shape the urban systems and infrastructures of tomorrow.
Leading the work of the Working Group on Transports and Mobility
The AER working group on Transports and Mobility, which is chaired by Martin Tollén, member of the Transport and Urban Planning Committee of Östergötland (SE), meets regularly to exchange experiences on innovative technologies, public transports systems and new mobilities.
Recent activities included:
- Breakfast Debate on Urban Mobility, led by Philipp Rode, Director of LSE Cities and joint Research Director of the “Towards New Urban Mobility” paper
- Workshop on the digitalisation of transports & information about the European Strategy on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS), a milestone on the path towards cooperative, connected and automated mobility (COM(2016) 766)
- Cooperation with Revolve Media to highlight regional good practices in the field of transport and provide visibility to active AER members
- Contribution on new mobilities & artificial intelligence at the AER event on Nov 30th “Artificial Intelligence: are regions up to the challenge?”
- Working Group meeting on cross-border mobility, transport corridors and the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities
Martin Tollén participates in the activities of the New Mobility Services initiative of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities on behalf of AER. Members of the Working Group, receive regular updates on developments and opportunities at meetings.
Engaging diverse regional stakeholders
In the context of his engagement in the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities, Martin Tollén met the local and regional representatives of Region Östergötland to discuss the engagement of the region’s stakeholders in the New Mobility Services group. This meeting led to the involvement of more experts and stakeholders from the region in the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities.
Representatives of Östergötland participated in two partner meetings of the New Mobility Services in February and June 2018.
In June 2018 Region Östergötland had a follow-up meeting with the New Mobility Services’ coordinator of the working group on Parking solutions. Östergötland also invited two of its major municipalities Linköping and Norrköping to this meetings as well as the public transport company Östgötatrafiken.
Examples of working points
On the occasion of the New Mobility Services General Assembly in Sofia the Region Östergötland provided some inputs to what kind of challenges its region is going to foresee at the local level. This meeting is an opportunity for smart city actors to exchange best practices, present projects, find partners, and stimulate discussions helping the development of innovative ideas.
The main points which were pointed out were:
- Enable usage of open data and find new ways of using open data in public transport to improve and simplify the travelling for passengers;
- Combine mobility solutions with the ambition of taking market shares from cars and increase the users of the public transport company (Östgötatrafiken);
- Develop new payment methods by external suppliers and use it in the public transport company;
- Pilot projects with linkages to the car sharing company in Östergötland to improve the parking solutions offered by transport companies in the public sector.
As an outcome of the meeting the municipalities of Östergötland and the public transport company Östgötatrafiken are interested in being engaged in New Mobility Services initiatives. They are also ready to use their cities as testbeds for future projects.
Östergötland Region underlined the fruitful partnership is holding with the New Mobility Services. This partnership is an opportunity to act in a concrete manner what concerns mobility.
It is possible to find synthesised all the main points about the New Mobility Services presented in the occasion of the General Assembly in Sofia (Bulgaria) the 27 June 2018.
- Meeting of the AER Working Group on Transports and Mobility on sustainable urban mobility, with the participation of Miroslav Tadic, UNDP Climate Change Portfolio Manager.
Novi Sad, Vojvodina (RS) 26 september 2018 16:30-17:30
- Workshop during European Week of Cities and Regions “Sustainable Urban Mobility in the Smart City, How to make change happen?”
Speakers include: Stephanie Trpkov Energy Consultant World Bank Group, Tesla Benelux (tbc), Anna Domènech Abella, Section Manager External Affairs Nissan Europe, Barcelona, Martin Tollén, County Council Region Östergötland, Sweden and Chair of the AER Working Group on Transports and Mobility, Stefan Büchele, Deputy Director of International Cooperation at e-mobil BW State Agency for New Mobility Solutions and Automotive Baden-Württemberg in Stuttgart, Henriette van Eijl – DG MOVE European Commission.
10 October 2018 in Autoworld Museum, 10.15 – 14.00h, Parc du Cinquantenaire 11, Brusselsspeakers
- Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) is an unmissable event combining the latest solutions and technologies, and inspirational keynotes on improving life in cities. Smart City Expo World Congress, 13-15 November 2018 in HALL 1 & 2, 9.00 – 19.00h, Gran Via Venue, Barcelona
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