The project goal is to create and adapt policies to improve target group-specific, inclusive and demand-driven automated mobility solutions in cities and urban regions. The needs of potential users of these services, their willingness to use them and appropriate use cases have so far been underrepresented in the development of automated mobility solutions. Therefore, relevant user cases will be identified, analyzed and validated on a laboratory scale. Potential users include children, the elderly and people with temporary and long-term sensory and / or physical disabilities. Empirical research consisting of field studies will be conducted with these user groups using the research platform Ridethefuture. CATAPULT will provide important information for the development of practical “step-by-step” recommendations for policies and for providers of mobility services. The project is a European collaboration project funded by Urban Europe, implemented with partners in Austria, (Austriatech & Factum) Belgium (KULeuven) and Sweden (RISE).
- Children’s needs and requirements for autonomous busesIn late June 2021, 4 workshops were conducted in Vienna, Austria as part of the CATAPULT-project. Over 75 children from four different grades of a primary school contributed knowledge, experiences and thoughts about their mobility behaviour and wishes towards future mobility. The purpose of the workshops was to explore the needs and requirements of children towards an inclusive and demand-oriented transport system in urban areas. The children were… Continue reading
- Interviews performed to explore the needs and requirements for autonomous busesIn the beginning of June 2021, the first batch of interviews for the CATAPULT-project were performed in Austria. 9 men and women aged 65 or older were interviewed about their mobility behaviour and ways of local travelling. The purpose of the interviews is to collect data and explore the needs and requirements of older people towards an… Continue reading
- Interviews in Vienna regarding public transportation via autonomous busesThe first focus group in the CATAPULT project gathers today to share experiences, requirements and wishes regarding our future public transportation; autonomous buses. On this occasion focus will be on people over the age of 65. They have been invited to the study in co-operation with aspern.mobil LAB. The study will take place in Seestadt… Continue reading
- The future of public transportation – autonomous buses for inclusive mobility solutionsTechnology development is happening fast and autonomous vehicles in our streets will soon be a familiar sight. To optimize the use of autonomous buses for public transportation, they need to be accessible and easy to use for all residents. In the past, strong efforts have gone into the research on the technical aspects of autonomous mobility. However, regarding the deployment of these vehicles, in particular for their use by children, senior… Continue reading