The MIND-SETS project provides a new approach to understanding mobility as part of the overall changing lifestyles of different population groups across Europe. The project will assess how we can better understand mobility at the level of lifestyle patterns, set against social/economic/technological trends: in short – what are people’s mobility mind-sets across Europe?
This will involve a new approach that brings mainstream sociologists, environmental psychologists and economists together with sustainable mobility and travel behaviour specialists as well as experts in social, technological and ITC trends: a full multi-disciplinary, new type of team to assess mobility issues, in the hopes of changing the professional mind-set of mobility stakeholders.
The project is divided into four distinct phases. In the first phase (The concept), we will analyse intelligence across several disciplines (economics, sociology, psychology, consumer behavioural studies, etc.) to create a new understanding of the ‘mobility mind-sets’ of Europeans, based on engagement with other leading experts in the field in Europe. In the second phase (Testing the concept), we will test this understanding. This will lead to the creation of decision support guidelines, or ‘MIND-SETS guidelines’, made in cooperation with a think tank of practising mobility stakeholders (decision-makers, operators, developers and mobility system suppliers) in the third phase, who will fine-tune the guidelines to meet the needs of the market. These fine-tuned guidelines will be embedded within the ‘MIND-SETS Knowledge Centre’ (or ‘MSKC’), a comprehensive web portal where all project knowledge will be gathered, in the fourth phase. The MSKC will support decision-making, create innovation in future mobility policies and assist the design and marketing of new products and services.
The project asked 150 expertss, including Walk21, as part of a Delphi Consultation on “New transport technologies, different human behaviour”. The key results are below for information:
Synthesis of Key Results
High level of agreement:
New technologies will allow for more customised, self-organised mass transport solutions? 92% agree and 69% policies not really taken into consideration
Transport project appraisal needS to reflect emerging social values? 91% agree, and 58% policies not really taken into consideration
New technologies may not always be accepted by travellers? 88% agree, and 56% policies not really taken into consideration
Medium level of agreement:
Smart technologies will facilitate seamless transport? 80% agree and 37% policies not really taken into consideration
Smart transport technology will help social inclusion? 79% agree, but 61% policies not really taken into consideration
Obstacles to the exploitation of Big Data are higher in Europe? 75% agree, and 48% policies not really taken into consideration
People do not want to own fully automated cars? 73% agree but 74% policies not (really) taken into consideration
Lower level of agreement:
Driverless vehicles will become part of the community? 66% agree and 75% policies not (really) taken into consideration
Travellers’ choices will become less influenced by time savings? 61% agree and 56% policies not really taken into consideration
Further increases in virtual communication will dramatically increase physical mobility? 48% agree, and 64% policies not really taken into consideration
Generally speaking, mobility policies are still not taking into account these trends. From all presented above, “Smart Technologies facilitating Seamless Travel” is the one with highest degree of policy attention according to participants, with up to 52% respondents expressing that this trend was mostly (or fully) taken into account. All others trends lay below 35%.
For more information go to Midsets.