Science Target Conference Systems, Ajman 4th International Environment Conference 2016

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UNLOCKING THE POTENTIAL OF SHARED MOBILITY: THE ROLE IN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND IMPACT ON THE URBAN TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM
Maria STRIGUNOVA

Last modified: 2016-01-18

Abstract


The twentieth century has reshaped the urban landscape through the rapid industrialisation and development of transportation systems. Today, car ownership  hardly is a luxury, and one can reach a desirable destination without relying on public transportation. The new millenium has reaped the benefits of such technological progress changing the notion of mobility and advancing the introduction of the shared car use. While drivers and passengers reconsider their reliance on motorised individual transport, international public policy has set up a debate on benefits versus drawbacks of such community-driven approach to mobility. Notably, the safety and labor right issues shape raising concerns of local municipalities and global policymakers. Whether  shared mobility should be addressed as a positive transformation of social perception of ownership rights and an environmentally friendly initiative or as a distortion-producing industry with blurry safety regulations is currently an open question. This paper analyse effects on environmental and transportation systems and associated public policies carried by shared mobility companies and individual users.

Key words: road and user safety, emissions reduction, mobility ecosystem, urban community