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Support action to contribute to the preparation of future community research programme in user centered Design for ECO-multimodal MOBILity



Support action to contribute to the preparation of future community research programme in user centered Design for ECO-multimodal MOBILity

Background & policy context: 

DECOMOBIL will take advantage of the structured research network that has been set up in HUMANIST NoE and followed up in HUMANIST VCE, in order to develop and widely disseminate knowledge in the area of human centered design of ICT for sustainable transport.


Expected impacts of DECOMOBIL are: widening the market for ICT based mobility and transport services by contributing to the development and the widespread of user-friendly innovative nomadic services, impacting bicycles, public transport and car-sharing use through the understanding of multimodal travellers needs; by setting up design recommendations for the next generation of cooperative systems and improving integrated road transport systems; by analysing long-term effects and potential impacts of ITS deployment on clean and safe multimodal mobility and improvements in efficiency and environmental friendliness of mobility and transport in Europe by improving eco-driving behaviour, leading to the decrease of vehicle carbon emissions for cars, buses and trucks and by understanding human behaviour critical parameters linked to the implementation of an electric mobility system.

Activities in DECOMOBIL will provide understanding on acceptability and usability of ICT for the population, the set-up and design of guidelines and recommendations to avoid misuse and to allow user-friendly interaction with ICT functionalities. The objective of the DECOMOBIL project is to contribute to the acceptability and the usability of ICT for cleaner and safer mobility through identification, discussion and dissemination of updated knowledge and know-how in HMI and Human Centred Design areas towards the ITS community at a European and international level. This should be achieved through the organisation of scientific seminars and international conferences, the definition of road mapping for future research priorities, reflection on JRIs and dedicated structured contributions to the eSafety forum in the framework of the iCar Initiative and any relevant committees in this area.


Key activities (per work package):

Road Mapping:

  • Identify key issues for future research and innovation activities in the area of clean and efficient multimodal mobility in Europe, as well as at an international level (Japan, US, Canada)
  • Set up priorities of research and innovation activities in relation to identified scientific bottlenecks, lack of knowledge in some areas and priorities at high European level

Organisation of scientific seminars:

  • Organise regular scientific seminars in order to produce contributions to the European scientific community in identified research issues:
    • Eco Driving methods and training
    • Long-term impact of ITS on clean multimodal mobility
    • Nomadic transport services for car-sharing and public transport use
    • Electric mobility system in different scenarios: individual user, car-sharing and fleet
    • Sustainable mobility within a resilient road transport system.

Contribution to eSafety activities:

  • Disseminate DECOMOBIL contributions to relevant eSafety working groups (Ecodriving, Clean efficiency mobility, Multimodal urban mobility, Research and Development, Implementation Road Map, Intercontinental Cooperation, Nomadic Devices Forum, HMI ESoP).

Organisation of international conferences:

  • Disseminate information on the activities and results of the DECOMOBIL project by setting up access of the productions via internet, by disseminating DECOMOBIL newsletters

Reflections on the concept:

  • Reflection on the potential development of the concept of Joint Research Initiatives in the framework of Human Factors and Human Centered Design for ICT in transport and produce a feasibility frame concerning recommendations that could help in the eventual implementation of this new instrument.
Institution Type:
Institution Name: 
European Commission
Type of funding:
Key Results: 

The study does not demonstrate any final results yet as it is still ongoing. However, since the start of the project three scientific seminars have already taken place:

EcoDriving methods and training
The Seminar aimed to identify the background research on EcoDriving and how the use of existing studies, tools and ITS systems can be further researched, adapted and extended to result in concrete methods and training initiatives in this sector. Furthermore, it provided the opportunity to discuss and interact with the attendants on the future research steps to be taken, as well as on the actors to be involved in the diffusion and application of the results of EcoDriving training.

Long-term impacts and effects of ITS
The goal of this seminar was to present papers dealing with issues that are considered relevant for the topic, to discuss questions emerging from these presentations in small groups and to present the work results of the small groups in the plenary discussion for feedback.

Nomadic transport services for multimodal mobility
The goal of this seminar was to present several issues and recent developments regarding nomadic transport services and to discuss questions emerging from the presentations.

In addition, one international conference was held:

Third European conference on Human Centered Design ITS
Due to the non-existence of a specific conference focused on safety and usability of vehicle information and communication technologies, a European conference on Human Centered Design for Intelligent Transport Systems was set up. The aim was to gather the community of Human Factors researchers, to offer an overview of the current developments and trends and to create an area for discussions and debates on these topics. The third conference was organised in the framework of the DECOMOBIL project and was held in Valencia, Spain on 14 and 15 June 2012.

Strategy targets

  • An efficient and integrated mobility system
  • Innovating for the future: technology and behaviour

HUMANIST Virtual Centre of Excellence (coordinator)


United Kingdom

Contact Name: 
Ms Lucile Mendoza
Humanist - Secretariat
Case 24 avenue François Mitterrand 25,
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