Special Issue "Environmental Evaluation of the New Forms of Mobility: Electric, Shared, Autonomous"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Cristina Pronello
Guest Editor
Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning (DIST), Politecnico di Torino, 10125 Torino, Italy
Interests: travel behavior; intelligent transport systems; smart and sustainable mobility
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are calling for papers for a Special Issue of the journal Sustainability on research to shed light into the environmental impacts of the so-called new forms of mobility.

Shared mobility, especially electric and, in the future, autonomous is a very hot topic today in transport research and practice and is one of the solutions suggested by the European Commission to make mobility more sustainable. However, the sustainability of this emerging trend in the transport sector is more of a hypothesis than a proven reality. Indeed, sharing mobility is continuously challenged by the dynamic forces of the context in which it operates:

  • complexity of predicting customer demand;
  • consumerization of digital technologies;
  • economic and environmental constraints;

so that those providing shared services need to adapt their business models to meet customer expectations in a more efficient, convenient, and sustainable manner.

The sustainability orientation of sharing economy platforms represents an early phase of the development of the platform. Then, the development from early ideas of sharing and accessing to transactions and professionalization is a transition on the platform level in which platforms potentially become increasingly focused on issues other than sustainability as they develop and attract other users and producers.

The reason is that the business models of shared mobility need to have large markets to expand the business and make it profitable, but the more users there are, the less sustainable the transport system is.

Thus, the research needs to evaluate: (a) to which extent this form of mobility that is taking more and more place in our cities is or is not sustainable; (b) what the real impacts on transport demand and modal share are; (c) what the effect is on mobility habits and if and how the relationship with the car is changed and how this mobility relates with public transport. Indeed, the role of shared mobility in the market competition among transport modes is a key issue, because it can strongly influence the modal share and, consequently, the sustainability of mobility. Contributions focusing on all these issues to shed light into the relations among modes and the consequent environmental impact are welcome.

Special attention should also be given to the evolution of the car fleet used on shared mobility, to electric and, ultimately, to autonomous. Proposed papers for this Special Issue may analyze how impacts of shared mobility can change or not if migrating to a different car fleet and how this would impact on the environment, concerning the entire life cycle of the transport system. Papers should concern whether and how the adoption of electric and autonomous vehicles could impact air quality and which effect it could have on climate change (expected impact on global GHG emissions).

Prof. Dr. Cristina Pronello
Guest Editor

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  • Shared mobility
  • Electric mobility
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Environmental impacts
  • Sustainable mobility
  • Air pollution reduction

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Users’ Perception of Value of Travel Time and Value of Ridesharing Impacts on Europeans’ Ridesharing Participation Intention: A Case Study Based on MoTiV European-Wide Mobility and Behavioral Pattern Dataset
Sustainability 2020, 12(10), 4118; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12104118 - 18 May 2020
Ridesharing as a form of mobility service increased significantly and has become a popular concept in recent years among users, mobility authorities, and transport service providers. This research focused on exploring an emerging view of value of travel time (VTT) from the traveler’s [...] Read more.
Ridesharing as a form of mobility service increased significantly and has become a popular concept in recent years among users, mobility authorities, and transport service providers. This research focused on exploring an emerging view of value of travel time (VTT) from the traveler’s perspective, based on the stated travel time worthwhileness, preferences and motivations on their intention towards participation in ridesharing to evaluate individual’s perception of VTT and perceived value of ridesharing (VRS) impacts on intentions to participate in car sharing for their daily commuting using multinomial logit (MNL) model. This is particularly relevant today, as peer-to-peer mobility services are on the one hand shaping and redefining the value of technologies, and services, and on the other hand introducing new actors in the mobility eco-system. This study describes a survey of 278 people in 4 European countries: Finland, Portugal, Spain, and Slovakia as part of the “Mobility and Time Value” (MoTiV) H2020 project EU-wide data collection. In short, the empirical analysis indicates the high significance of enjoyment in terms of travel time worthwhileness on ridesharing adoption for commuting trips. Results also revealed economic benefit and enjoyment of being social as major motivators for participation in ridesharing. Findings are discussed in terms of implications for urban and transport planners, policy makers, and authorities to implement in shared mobility planning and to prepare transport policies which are tailored to individuals’ ridesharing needs and travel preferences and count also on travel happiness factors to better reflect the traveler’s personal ambitions. Suggestions for future research on shared mobility planning are outlined in conclusion. Full article
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