#wearemobility

As social scientists we need to tackle the question of mobility from a variety of angles. Metropolitan areas face huge challenges to get people to work and back to their homes, rarely in the same part of the city.  New technology of e-cars and e-moblity in general will have huge consequences on the labour force as well. Some components will no longer be needed, others will be added to enhance safety of passengers in and around the mobile vehicle.  Comfort in self-driving cars is largely a question of consumer needs, ability and willingness to pay for comfort. Soon individual choice is confronted with societies’ legal and ethical frameworks to provide for mobility for some versus all. Congestion and pollution management in cities needs a new legal framing as well.
Inclusive societies have not been an issue at most of the mobility faires I have participated in in the last few years. Yet, we know, aging societies face multiple challenges and inclusive mobility is hardly even on the agenda on such mobility faires. Mainstreaming of social inclusion is surely a continued challenge for industrial societies.