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Newsletter No. 3
December 2016

Welcome to the third issue of the MIND-SETS newsletter, your bi-annual look inside the minds, motives and preferences of transport users in Europe. In this issue, we reveal the long-awaited MIND-SETS approach, which distinguishes four interrelated but distinct aspects of mobility experience and policy: as a lifestyle, information, service and reality concept. We then look at how the sharing economy, automated mobility and other technological advances have made it necessary to change transport modelling and the way we manage transport demand. We will also give you a recap of the MIND-SETS workshop held in September in Brussels and a glimpse of some of our initiatives and insights to come.

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In this issue:

- The MIND-SETS approach: Mobility as a lifestyle, information, service and reality concept

– Future mobility trends: Car sharing and automated mobility

– The MIND-SETS workshop on mobility in the 21st century: a road to nowhere, a highway to hell or a stairway to heaven?

- Emerging trends in transport: The MIND-SETS bulletins

- Upcoming activities: Webinars, workshops, guidelines, and the MSKC

- MIND-SETS at Mobility4EU

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The MIND-SETS approach: Mobility as a lifestyle, information, service and reality concept

Over the past several years, there have been a number of important changes to how we perceive mobility and what it means to us. Whereas it was once about getting from point A to point B in the fastest and/or cheapest way possible, it is now an expectation, a commodity, a service. It is an expression of generational identity and social status, at once digital and virtual. There are activity spaces, virtual spaces, products that bring us into the future, and products that are rooted in the past. MIND-SETS has proposed a new way of looking at mobility that takes the digital and human footprints, innovative products and activity spaces all into account. Alongside these conceptual realms there is also regulation and policy making, behavioural change and the sustainable triple bottom line of people, planet and profit.

Future mobility trends: Car sharing and automated mobility

MIND-SETS has looked at three major trends on the supply side of mobility that could be game changers: the rise of the shared economy, technologies for automated mobility, and improvements in electric mobility. These developments could lead to profound changes in our mobility systems. At the same time, however, they may pose certain challenges for transport planning and policy.

The MIND-SETS workshop on mobility in the 21st century: A road to nowhere, a highway to hell or a stairway to heaven?

The MIND-SETS restricted workshop was held on September 19, 2016, at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. The workshop, which gathered invited key European stakeholders in transport and mobility and representatives from the EC, aimed at presenting the MIND-SETS approach in understanding the changing role of mobility in people’s lives.

Emerging trends in transport: The MIND-SETS bulletins

Wetopia, Flatage Mobility, Post-Mobility – what are the emerging trends that will characterise the future of mobility? That is what MIND-SETS seeks to answer with a series of soon-to-be released articles that talk about key concepts in today’s new mobility. 

Upcoming activities: Webinars, workshops, guidelines, and the MSKC

A number of initiatives are being planned over the next few months to better exploit the project’s knowledge. There will be a series of webinars, on the approach and its implications for professionals, on the upcoming guidelines, and on the generational perspective.

MIND-SETS at Mobility4EU

The MIND-SETS project was recently presented at a Mobility4EU workshop by one of the consortium’s partners, Laurent Franckx of VITO. Within a wider discussion of shared, automated and electric mobility, he spoke about the project, what it hopes to achieve, and what it has accomplished so far.


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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020
research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 640401.