First GECKO Podcast: Why is it so hard to regulate new mobility?
GECKO'S project partner Rupprecht Consult releases its first podcast episode out of four that are produced within the context of the GECKO project, which is looking at what it takes to effectively regulate new mobility solutions without stifling the creative ideas behind them.
In this episode, colleague Bonnie Fenton from Rupprecht Consult interviews three experts that work with new mobility to find out what they think about opportunities and challenges around regulation.
New mobility, in general, refers to anything from shared e-scooters to free-floating car-sharing or even autonomous vehicles. Comparing that to traditional urban transport, the differences and the potential for conflict are obvious: Publicly-owned institutions usually provide services like metro, underground or bus systems and aside from that, people can walk, bike or drive by car from A to B. In recent years, mostly private companies started providing many alternatives for urban dwellers that have polarised the public: Some people love the convenience of quickly accessing a vehicle, taking it where they need to go and then leaving it there. Others get frustrated with the way new vehicles are parked, have doubts about safety or data. And many times, authorities have a hard job finding good ways to regulate or even integrate these new modes into their system.
How can policymakers overcome challenges in their system to support innovation and new business in their region? How can providers of new mobility make sure they comply with regulations and future-proof themselves to potential changes?
We're talking to three experts from diverse backgrounds to get a first-hand understanding of their perspectives.
- We have Krysia Solheim, who works in the UK for the bike sharing company nextbike – so a private sector company offering a comparatively new service.
- We have Eetu Pilli-Sihvola from the national Transport and Communications Agency of Finland – so the public sector.
- And we have Doris Wiederwald from AustriaTech – a non-profit-organisation that accompanies innovation processes in mobility and advises the Austrian government on implementing national and European guidelines.
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