Smart mobility is an especially favorable domain for experimenting with the solutions the DAS Unit is developing. With “smart mobility” we mean the adoption of advanced software solutions that make more accessible and easy to use for citizens all the mobility services within a city or a territory, with a particular emphasis on alternative and sustainable mobility means and modes. Some of the principal hurdles to that are not so much the lack of convenient alternatives to using cars, but above all the lack of information about the availability of those alternatives and about their usefulness and value (as mobility choices are largely driven by habit and inertia), the lack of motivation (as few citizens still consider factors like carbon footprint as an important criterion), and the lack of dynamism and flexibility in mobility management (policy decisions by the city governance remains mostly reactive, and require a long time to be enacted and become effective). These are hurdles that can all be overcome with the support of ICT advances.
For the DAS Unit, smart mobility is thus an application domain in which we can pilot, validate and evaluate our solutions regarding the Internet of Services — where our goal is to offer tools for personalized travel assistance that support all the phases of a trip — as well as the solutions regarding Collective Systems — where collective adaptation techniques enable more dynamic management of the integrated mobility systems within a smart city.
The DAS Unit has begun to adopt smart mobility as an application domain within the ALLOW Ensembles project; it is also the central theme of the STREETLIFE project, which specifically addresses the problems of sustainable urban mobility, and in which the DAS unit holds the role of Scientific Coordinator.