ESPRIT showcased at the 44th European Transport Conference in Barcelona in October

Location: Barcelona (Spain)

The 44th European Transport Conference (ETC) was held in Barcelona from 5th - 7th October 2016. ETC is a high profile conference that connects the worlds of research, consultancy, policy and practice. The ESPRIT project was well represented at the conference with four presentations, as well as a carsharing debate: Will one-way car sharing take over urban transport? (shown in the photo below). Bodo Schwieger of Team Red joined the debate via the internet.

Peter Davidson (of Peter Davidson Consultancy) gave two presentations: Measuring people’s perceptions of different features of a new type of electric vehicle using stated preference and Converting a conventional transport model into an agent based transport model with as much about activities and lifestyle choices as possible.

Samantha Gordon-Harris of Vectos gave a presentation On the Factors Affecting the Potential Development of One-Way Car Sharing Networks in Cities. This is part of the work Vectos has delivered in assessing the potential market for ESPRIT in European and global cities. This was an interactive session where the findings were validated and discussed by experts in the audience to identify how ESPRIT can complement public transport system and fill gaps in coverage.

Samantha went on to stress potentially important factors affecting the likely success of a one way car sharing system such as population density, available parking, public transport coverage, smart phones coverage, polycentric centres and the existence of a preceding car sharing system. For example, polycentric cities (with multiple centres) are assumed to have decentralised activities and land uses in areas that require inter-mobility. This can make developing a public transport system more challenging than for centralised cities and so car sharing offers a more cost effective alternative while supporting individual mobility. Using the ranking methodology developed in the research, cities including London, Stockholm, Glasgow and Singapore scored highly suitable for ESPRITtype systems. However, in any city, public support is essential to integrate car sharing into the range of urban mobility solutions.

Raffaele Bruno of CNR presented on Can data mining help car sharing?

The ESPRIT mockup vehicles and the innovative drive train system were on display outside the conference centre (see photos below). These were very well received and the ‘stackable’ distribution concept system is already winning support from cities and public transport operators from across Europe.