The TRIMIS team interviewed Marco Diana, STARS Project Coordinator and Associate Professor at the Politecnico di Torino, Italy.
STARS aims to close the gap between the potential benefits of shared vehicle services such as car sharing. If focuses on innovative forms of transport enabled by recent develops in technology, which cater for individual preferences. Benefits of shared vehicles include reduced congestion, lower environmental impacts and greater social inclusion.
We are a consortium of nine academic institutions, consultants, industrial organisations and associations. Three universities bring different skills to the STARS project:
AUTON (Belgium) and the German CarSharing Association (bcs) are two national car sharing associations. The Italian branch of General Motors addresses industrial perspectives, while the city of Bremen (Germany) addresses those of decision makers. LGI Consulting deals with dissemination activities and Local Government for Sustainability (ICLEI, Germany) ensures outreach to a larger number of cities.
Knowledge and research methods from transport engineering, environmental psychology and economics will be exploited to:
The key research activities and outputs are:
STARS will examine the implications and impacts of different forms of car sharing, rather than focus on the implementation of the service itself. The goal is not to promote car sharing, but to contribute to the spread of those shared transport services that maximise benefits for citizens and service providers. The impacts on other transport modes (such as private car, cycling, walking and public transport) and the car industry will be assessed, along with the impacts of different forms of car sharing in terms of the use of public space, congestion, greenhouse gases emissions, accessibility and social cohesion.
Thanks to the knowledge gained in the project, a policy toolkit that includes guidelines and recommendations will be designed. It will help European mobility stakeholders and policymakers to implement car sharing services that maximise environmental and social benefits.