Smart mobility planning, which includes Cooperative, Connected and Automated Mobility (CCAM) solutions, is expected to lead change the way transportation is conceived. SINFONICA aims to facilitate the shift toward innovative, smart mobility concepts in an inclusive and equitable way by tackling the following challenges:
- Lack of cohesion and fragmentation of urban mobility sector
- Low understanding of mobility needs of citizens (especially vulnerable citizens) and need to overcome the digital divide, analysis of barriers and obstacles to mobility
- Need for new approaches in sustainable mobility planning and policy making, considering both technological and socio-economic innovation
- Low awareness, acceptance and concerns of potential benefits and impacts provided by CCAM
- Need to align and synchronise economic and social scopes of CCAM, in terms of technological developments and incentives.
SINFONICA's strategic objectives are:
- Create a strong knowledge base, mapping user needs and requirements, especially for vulnerable users, for an inclusive CCAM transport system.
- Enable stakeholders to take informed decisions for social inclusive CCAM transport systems depending on their specific context.
- Define a participatory framework to involve and engage citizens and relevant stakeholders in the design and creation of inclusive CCAM transport system.
- Provide recommendations and guidelines for social innovative, citizen-oriented CCAM long term planning and large scale demonstrations in cities.
SINFONICA is developing efficient and innovative strategies to engage citizens, assess the current situation on CCAM deployments, collect data from 4 different context and user groups (the Groups of Interest), elaborate these data using data and people analytics with the help of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) to develop knowledge maps and share all the knowledge defined, created, and organized within the Project, through innovative tools and useful guidelines and recommendations towards capacity building for decision makers. All the above has the overall objective of fostering inclusive CCAM deployments, based on user needs.
The project follows an overall bottom-up approach to capture the mobility needs of European citizens, with special attention to the needs of vulnerable users and under-researched groups. Different segments of society will be represented and directly engaged in a participative process. This will contribute to the development of a wide inventory of knowledge organized in the form of knowledge maps.
Finally, SINFONICA will create an innovative tool – the Knowledge Map Explorer – able to exploit the knowledge by providing practical guidelines and long-term recommendations to ensure that CCAM solutions meet social inclusion criteria.