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Stakeholders’ Views on Multimodal Urban Mobility Futures: A Matter of Policy Interventions or Just the Logical Result of Digitalization?

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Institute of Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), 76133 Karlsruhe, Germany
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ZIRIUS–Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies, 70174 Stuttgart, Germany
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Energies 2020, 13(7), 1788; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13071788
Received: 21 February 2020 / Revised: 25 March 2020 / Accepted: 1 April 2020 / Published: 8 April 2020
It is widely acknowledged that strategies to decarbonize energy systems cannot omit the mobility sector. For several decades, particularly in urban areas, a shift from car-based mobility to more environmental-friendly modes has been high on political agendas. Progress has been made in many urban areas, but so far only in small, rather incremental steps. The dominance of the car has remained largely stable in urban transport. For some time now, many experts have argued that processes of digitalization will co-evolve with societal trends and lead to multimodal urban mobility regimes in which private car usage will lose its dominance. In this paper, we examine if stakeholders active in the field believe that, despite digitalization, policy interventions are essential to achieve such a transition. The analysis draws on concepts from transition research and is based on 10 semi-structured interviews with providers of innovative mobility services that may contribute to more multimodal urban mobility systems. Geographical focus is on the City of Stuttgart (Germany). Results indicate broad agreement amongst the interviewees that digitalization alone is not sufficient for achieving a full-scale transition towards multimodal urban mobility. Policy measures that restrict car-based mobility would also be needed. However, many of the interviewed actors doubt that the essential policy mixes will find the necessary political and societal acceptance. Finally, the paper indicates ways to overcome this dilemma. View Full-Text
Keywords: urban mobility; sociotechnical transitions; policy mixes; multimodality; stakeholder interviews urban mobility; sociotechnical transitions; policy mixes; multimodality; stakeholder interviews
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Schippl, J.; Arnold, A. Stakeholders’ Views on Multimodal Urban Mobility Futures: A Matter of Policy Interventions or Just the Logical Result of Digitalization? Energies 2020, 13, 1788. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13071788

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Schippl J, Arnold A. Stakeholders’ Views on Multimodal Urban Mobility Futures: A Matter of Policy Interventions or Just the Logical Result of Digitalization? Energies. 2020; 13(7):1788. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13071788

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Schippl, Jens, and Annika Arnold. 2020. "Stakeholders’ Views on Multimodal Urban Mobility Futures: A Matter of Policy Interventions or Just the Logical Result of Digitalization?" Energies 13, no. 7: 1788. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13071788

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