Fusion Mobility: A systemic approach for a connected and human future mobility

September 6, 2020 8:30 - 10:00

Location: Room 27B


The invitation to Manfred G. Neun to introduce Active Mobility to the TDM Travel Demand Management 2017 symposium in Taipei made the beginning of Fusion Mobility.
Prof SK Jason Chang from the National Taiwan University (NTU) suggested this label, intended to bridge the worlds of engineers and social scientists, and to reach the ITS community all over Asia. Manfred G. Neun started to draft the new concept in collaboration with his extended global network: an integrated, systemic approach, also to respect the innovative power and risks of AI/machine learning and connected mobility.
Fusion Mobility has triggered an academic and practitioner discussion in various related communities (see Background doc. p 1). The demand came from sustainability deficits in transport, and: FM papers were able to outline these deficits due to three underestimations: (1) transport as a source of substantial contributions to global disasters (climate etc.); (2) the relevance of the human behaviour factor and thus also the role of the active modes; (3) the fragmentation of all modes of transport hindering systemic interaction for future Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), also TDM.
The overall development of connected mobilities already shows the dynamic increase of TDM options and situational adaptions. Also: all steering tools like MaaS can only take in what may exist in real already. Thus, non-perfect solutions will get an incremental optimisation in limited scenarios, while a bold improvement of the overall system is missed out. Even more, the demand to analyse systemic bottlenecks becomes more relevant than ever. By introducing FM to interdisciplinary research this core orientation becomes more visible and a general task that needs to be solved. That is, FM is a problem finder as well as a solution.
This first session will focus on introducing the systemic approach and the impact for sustainable developments in mobility and society overall, addressing our sedentary societies.

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