Mobility: 5 trends observed at Movin’On
Movin’On, the summit on sustainable mobility organised by Michelin, was held in Montreal from 30 May to 1 June. Among those present were Sébastien Personnic, development and partnerships project manager for the iD4CAR cluster, and Roland Delicado, in charge of following the inOut experiments in Greater Rennes. These ‘special correspondents’ told us about a few of the trends they observed during this international event on the subject of new mobilities.
Data aggregation, the key to new modes of mobility
With a backdrop of artificial intelligence and big data, one of the leading trends noticed by Sébastien Personnic was the aim of leading transport organisations to provide ‘total’ mobility platforms: this is not only Uber’s goal, which wants to unite different transport options via its application, but also that of SNCF, as Guillaume Pépy confirmed during Movin’On, when he announced the forthcoming launch of a global mobility app.
‘Customise’ mobility services to make them more accessible
Though there was much talk about multimodal options, Sébastien Personnic remarked that discussions at Movin’On placed traveller experiences at the centre of reflections on technological matters, on the basis that ‘a resident in a retirement home does not need the same mobility solutions as a student on campus’. As a symbol of this ambition to design objects and mobility services adapted to all users, the ‘universal seated personal transporter’ by Nino Robotics won the Movin’On start-up challenge. This electric vehicle invented by Pierre Bardina, who is quadriplegic following a diving accident, has a futuristic look and applies the user’s centre of gravity to go backwards and forwards.
Will tomorrow’s mobility be frugal?
Accessible, multimodal and… frugal, is this the definition of tomorrow’s mobility? Together with Accenture, which organised the workshop dedicated to this topic, Roland Delicado explored the concept and applications of frugal mobility. The creed is ‘do more with less’, while combining the current environmental requirements and economic reality. When applied to mobility, the concept could be conveyed by a change in the modal split of travel, greater use of Open Source, increased usage of active modes, etc. For more information, consult the Fabrique des Mobilités wiki article.
From carpooler to delivery person?
What if the scene of urban logistics was soon to be revolutionised by carpoolers and individuals? At Movin’On, Roland Delicado discovered Cocolis, a start-up that puts individuals who have spare room in their vehicle in contact with other people who need to transport heavy or bulky objects. Then there is You2You, which helps players in e-commerce and local shops with their last mile deliveries by relying on a community of thousands of individuals who collect the packages and deliver them while travelling on their daily journeys.
This is besides the freight tricycles and other cargo bikes used by professionals, which could shake up how bulky items are transported in some town centres, such as Rennes or Berlin.
Could river transport reduce congestion in tomorrow’s towns?
Having already caught everyone’s attention at the Viva Tech Fair, the flying water-taxis by the SeaBubbles two-person team of French navigators won the Movin’On start-up challenge jointly with Nino Robotics. Though the trials were carried out on the Seine only a few weeks ago, pre-orders for these futuristic devices have been launched and a production unit should soon be in operation in Marseille. These inventors are promising ‘zero noise, zero waves, zero emissions’. Still within the world of water, the Nantes-based company Zéphyr et Borée presented a project for a hybrid sail/engine cargo vessel in Montreal, while Neoline revealed its project for a ‘zero emissions’ ro-ro ship. These are some of the environmental and economic solutions for maritime goods transport, due to the almost complete disappearance of fuel.
And there’s more…
- Roland Delicado and Sébastien Personnic met up with MyBus and Velco during Movin’On; these two start-ups are involved in the experiments for inOut. At this event, MyBus presented its mobile transport tickets (m-tickets) and its real-time information solutions for public transport, and Velco presented its connected handlebar for bikes and accessories for intelligent navigation.
- We have encountered holograms at events, but now congresses have a remote-controlled gyropod with a digital tablet for a head. Thus, participants were able to meet ‘BibBot’ among the aisles at Movin’On; this semi-virtual visitor made it possible to attend the summit on sustainable mobility from all four corners of the earth… without leaving home.
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Call for experimentation
The kick-off for a call for experimentation from companies and start-ups is set for March 2017. It will enable new procedures to be tested throughout the territory of Rennes from autumn 2017 onwards.