The proliferation of new mobility services in cities over the past decade reveals a fast-evolving and open-ended opportunity for actors across the private and public sectors to reimagine and potentially redefine the way people live, work, and play in cities. Facing this change, Daimler’s innovation engine, Lab 1886, will co-host a one-day brainstorming workshop with the Media Lab , and convene all interested member organizations to collaboratively explore the horizon of urban mobility, through the combined lenses of design, technology, and public policy. The topics will include but not be limited to:
- Personalized Mobility-on-Demand (Vehicle and Service): As many of the transportation needs of people/families don’t require a traditional full-sized sedan, especially in an urban context, how might we offer a greater variety of mobility modes and services to address those needs without compromising the efficiency and quality of the experience?
- Social Machine Interaction (People-Machine Relations): Considering the growing presence of lightweight autonomous robots on the road and in urban environments, how might we enable these machines to interact with people in a more natural, informative (for safety), and socially acceptable way, in order to make human-machine cohabitation sustainable?
- Neighborhood-Scale Mobility (Urban Systems): As automobiles are becoming too big to park, and too powerful for getting around in many urban neighborhoods, how might we reimagine ways for people and things to move around at this specific scale in a way that’s efficient, sustainable, and enjoyable?
- Public Health (Behavioral Change): How might we create mechanisms—through a combination of design, technology, and policy—to shift people's values, preferences, and ultimately behaviors to motivate the use of modes that are healthy and environmentally sound?