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Special Issue "Energy and Information Management in Sustainable Transportation"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2021) | Viewed by 4549

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Grzegorz Sierpiński
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Department Transport Systems, Traffic Engineering and Logistics, Faculty of Transport and Aviation Engineering, Silesian University of Technology, Krasińskiego Str. 8, 40-019 Katowice, Poland
Interests: sustainable transport; electromobility; travel behavior; environmental-friendly transport solutions; traffic engineering; traffic flow measurements; analysis and prognosis; transport systems modeling; optimization of transport networks
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Dr. Csaba Csiszár
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Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Faculty of Transportation Engineering and Vehicle Engineering, Department of Transport Technology and Economics, Stoczek Str. 2, 1111-Budapest, Hungary
Interests: transportation information systems; passenger transportation; electromobility; mobility based on autonomous vehicles; transport system modeling; energy management in transportation; shared mobility
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Special Issue “Energy and Information Management in Sustainable Transportation” is focused on sustainability, which is one of the main challenges of the modern world. New methods have to be elaborated to ease the environmental effects of transportation. Studies related to improving the efficiency of transport systems, including proper energy management are welcome. This Special Issue will also draw the industry managers’ and researchers’ attention to information services that support the implementation and use of new mobility solutions. Thus, papers related to information systems and advanced mobility services are welcome in this Special Issue.

Climate change and its consequences have been the focus of significant attention in recent years. Decreasing the environmental effects of transportation is essential for all stakeholders. Recent technological developments have a great impact on the operation of vehicles. Furthermore, understanding and influencing traveler behavior are fundamental to the development of new mobility services. An increasing number of scholars call for more sophisticated research and new methodologies in the area of sustainable transportation. Therefore, this Special Issue “Energy and Information Management in Sustainable Transportation” welcomes papers covering various methods to improve the efficiency of transportation and energy management, different information services that support the implementation of new solutions, and any research that may contribute to the environmentally-friendly transportation.

Topics covered in the Special Issue include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Intelligent transport systems (ITS)
  • Sustainable transport
  • Environmentally-friendly travel solutions
  • Electromobility
  • Smart grid services
  • Optimization of energy usage in transport networks
  • Information and communication technology (ICT)
  • Shared mobility services
  • The external cost of transport

Prof. Grzegorz Sierpiński
Assoc. Prof. Csaba Csiszár
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • intelligent transport systems (ITS)
  • sustainable transport
  • environmental-friendly travel solutions
  • electromobility
  • smart grid services
  • optimization of energy usage in transport network
  • information and communication technology (ICT)
  • shared mobility services
  • external cost of transport

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Operation of Public Transportation Ticket Vending Machine in Kraków, Poland: An Eye Tracking Study
Sustainability 2021, 13(14), 7921; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13147921 - 15 Jul 2021
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Whereas the majority of evaluations of self-service kiosks are based on interviews or observations and as such are burdened with personal bias, eye tracking was seen as a method for an objective analysis. To demonstrate the feasibility and usability of such an assessment [...] Read more.
Whereas the majority of evaluations of self-service kiosks are based on interviews or observations and as such are burdened with personal bias, eye tracking was seen as a method for an objective analysis. To demonstrate the feasibility and usability of such an assessment technique, the task of purchasing a public transportation ticket from a modern ticket vending machine in Kraków, Poland was evaluated. The test participants relatively easily operated the machine with time taken to purchase a ticket ranging from 54 s for foreigners not familiar with the equipment to 29 s for local inhabitants. Even though the number of gazes recorded for the foreigners group was 2.4 times higher than for the local test participants, the fixation times were almost equal. Faulty or delayed operation of the payment terminal was a meaningful equipment issue encountered by eight test participants. The study demonstrated that the operation of the analysed ticket vending machine should not cause much trouble to anyone. The use of an eye tracker, which was employed for such an assessment for the first time, permitted the identification of possible operational ambiguities that could hinder the user experience without the bias associated with other assessment techniques. The used method was found to be efficient and the results provided valuable information. Full article
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An Analysis of Factors Affecting the Severity of Cycling Crashes Using Binary Regression Model
Sustainability 2021, 13(12), 6945; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13126945 - 21 Jun 2021
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The increasing use of bicycles rises the interest in investigating the safety aspects of daily commuting. In this investigation, more than 14,000 cyclists’ injuries were analyzed to determine the relationship between severity, road infrastructure characteristics, and surface conditions using binary regression. Minor and [...] Read more.
The increasing use of bicycles rises the interest in investigating the safety aspects of daily commuting. In this investigation, more than 14,000 cyclists’ injuries were analyzed to determine the relationship between severity, road infrastructure characteristics, and surface conditions using binary regression. Minor and major severity categories were distinguished. A binary equation consists of 28 factors is extracted. It has been found that each factor related to roadway characteristics has its negative and positive impacts on cyclist severity such as traffic control, location type, topography, and roadway divisions. Regarding the road surface components, good, paved, and marked roads are associated with a higher probability of major injuries due to the expected greater frequencies of cyclists on roads with good conditions. In conclusion, probabilities of major injuries are higher in urban areas, higher speed limits, signalized intersections, inclined topographies, one-way roads, and during the daytime which require more attention and better considerations. Full article
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Autonomous Vehicle Use and Urban Space Transformation: A Scenario Building and Analysing Method
Sustainability 2021, 13(6), 3008; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063008 - 10 Mar 2021
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The use of autonomous vehicles (AVs) has the potential to transform users’ behaviour and urban space management. Quantitative and qualitative analyses of impacts require a scenario building method. We considered the fleet size, modal share, car ownership, parking preferences, and urban space repurposing [...] Read more.
The use of autonomous vehicles (AVs) has the potential to transform users’ behaviour and urban space management. Quantitative and qualitative analyses of impacts require a scenario building method. We considered the fleet size, modal share, car ownership, parking preferences, and urban space repurposing during the elaboration of a novel method. Existing scenarios and results of a questionnaire survey have been used as sources. The method was applied to build scenarios in a case study in Budapest, Hungary. The results were used to calculate the impacts on urban space management, including environmental savings. The key findings are: scenarios with significant shared AV use show that parking demand may be minimised (almost 83%) and urban space repurposing has the highest potential; furthermore, AV use and sharing acceptability may decrease the fleet size and alter the type of shared mode to multiple occupancies. The developed scenario building method serves as a base for future studies. The produced scenarios allow the researchers to focus on the analysis of the impacts caused. Full article
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Concept of Mobile Application for Mobility as a Service Based on Autonomous Vehicles
Sustainability 2020, 12(17), 6737; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12176737 - 20 Aug 2020
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Mobility as a service (MaaS) is proposed to encourage travelers to choose sustainable mobility options and reduce use of individual car. In the future, mobility services based on autonomous vehicles (AVs) are also incorporated into MaaS. The objective of our work is to [...] Read more.
Mobility as a service (MaaS) is proposed to encourage travelers to choose sustainable mobility options and reduce use of individual car. In the future, mobility services based on autonomous vehicles (AVs) are also incorporated into MaaS. The objective of our work is to elaborate the concept of mobile application, aiding the MaaS based on AVs. We applied a system engineering process-oriented approach to determine the information system components, the functions as well as input and output data. Functions of back-end information system operation and front-end interface of application have been identified, as well as the information flows have been modeled. We highlighted the main differences between MaaS and MaaS based on AVs. We found that recording of event-based points and feedback management are regarded as pivot functions in this self-travel service. Our results facilitate the development of smartphone application for the MaaS based on AVs. Full article
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