Transition into Smart Mobility

“A broader focus on the human factors and policy implications towards full-service and care-free solutions for travellers”


The current mobility system largely consists of unconnected components. Chain mobility still does not provide a full-service solution, as it consists of several partial trips which are often difficult to combine. In addition, travellers frequently opt for their own mode of transport, travelling individually during peak times in particular. The consequences of these choices are: many vehicles being used for relatively few kilometres and/or business hours; much parking space being needed; many losses and inconvenience due to traffic jams; poor usage of the total transport capacity; unnecessarily high environmental burden.


Rather than offering partial solutions in the form of mobile phone apps, Smart Mobility involves an all-embracing concept. Those who want to travel will have to be able to make use of a system that is characterised by a straightforward, natural and problem-free transition from one transport modality to another. The Mobility as a Service concept covers this approach.


Steps in Smart mobility:

  • Social media and other forms of communication provide an opportunity to unite market supply and demand (just think of initiatives such as ‘Uber’).

  • The sharing economy may help to shift our focus from vehicle ownership towards vehicle usage.

  • Ever-advancing technology in vehicles will make autonomous driving increasingly more likely. Especially in places where capacity and intensity are at odds with each other, autonomous vehicles will help us make optimal use of the available infrastructure.

  • Combustion engines will be increasingly replaced by electric engines, which are powered by batteries or hydrogen.

  • Grouping vehicles into ‘platoons’ (a method to increase road capacity) will not only become possible for the transportation of goods, but also for passenger transport. This may possibly be a supplement to or even replacement of group passenger transport.

  • Using bicycles will be an integral part of the total transport chain.

  • The design of public space will see major changes due to the disappearance of individual vehicles. Significantly fewer parking spaces will be needed.


In the end, taking a trip will no longer be a matter of having to make a choice for a certain modality, but for a place of origin, destination and time instead, generating a full-service and care-free solution for travellers.

Innovation stand

On 28 and 29 November Built Environment, Logistics and several International Spatial Development students were present at the Mobiliteit en Parkeren (Mobility and Parking) trade fair in Houten. At this well-attended conference, we were part of the Future Mobility Network innovation square.

VIA NOVA: data and smart mobility

How accurate, reliable and applicable are current in-car data sources for the transition to an autonomous fleet? The partners of the VIA NOVA project explore which data sources are available to be used in current user-cases and determine its quality for the use in future user-cases.