The Journal of Sustainable Mobility is pleased to announce a special issue based on 4th International Symposium on Sustainable Mobility: Technology and Business Model Innovation, University of California Davis, 15-17 September 2016.
4th International Symposium on Sustainable Mobility:
Technology and Business Model Innovation
University of California Davis
15-17 September 2016
Technology and Business Model Innovation: The Breakthrough for Sustainable Mobility
Transportation is one of the key drivers of emissions and environmental threats on our planet.
Currently, technology is making exciting breakthroughs unlocking the potential for clean transportation. At the same time, business model innovation is opening new modes for exploiting the potential of technology and enable smarter use of transportation like mobilityas- a-service. New challenges such as an ageing population and increasing hyper-urbanization call for the orchestrating of technology, business model innovation and infrastructure-policies for enhancing the sustainability of transportation.
New transportation technologies
Over the past two decades, there have been major changes in the transportation sector. Enabled by advances in embedded computing and power electronics, it has become possible to implement complex-yet-reliable powertrains, advanced engines, and efficient renewable power generation systems. Hybrid and electric vehicles were once considered niche products, and they are rapidly becoming mainstream. Technology is rapidly turning towards increased connectedness and autonomy: travelers already have access to sophisticated route planning systems, and most high-end passenger cars have a degree of partial autonomy in the form of ‘Advanced Driver Assistance Systems’ (ADAS). As well as progressing towards higher levels of autonomy, current research is exploring the technologies required for a wider view of personal transportation and movement of goods that is mode-agnostic and integrated, while providing an excellent consumer experience.
Business model innovation
Some core features of business models are (1) broadening monetization beyond the selling of products, e.g. by offering services, performance or intellectual property, (2) stimulating value co-creation beyond the domain of the firm, (3) opening-up the R&D process of individual firms for contributions by external suppliers and research organizations, (4) re-configuring valuechains by the means of data and information technologies. Business models open substantial opportunities for enhancing the sustainability of transportation, such as: (1) Providing incentives for reducing externalities of value creation through performance contracting or trading of emission rights, (2) sharing transportation assets or networks, e.g. car-sharing, ridesharing, public transportation or intermodal integration (e.g. web-based travel-information), (3) enhancing the implementation of emission-reducing technologies by open-business models such as electric cars and busses, (4) the use of IT-driven services for enhancing the efficiency and reducing emissions caused by transportation. Despite evidence and public interest in business models, there is little systematic research in business model innovation in sustainable transportation. Against this background, the purpose of the research group is to identify systematic and effective approaches of business model innovation for the enhancing of sustainable transportation. It is also necessary to consider the current trends in technological research, to understand how these might be developed to support new business models, and to determine whether there are any ‘technology gaps’ that are potentially limiting and how these might be addressed.
Against this background, we are inviting researchers, managers, policy makers, administrators and other stakeholders to present work that is relevant for the systematic and effective approaches of technology and business model innovation for enhancing of sustainable transportation. We will give special priority to contributions which advance the interaction of business and technology in innovative business models. We will evaluate papers based on (1) their contribution to the conference key theme, (2) conceptual rigor. (3) the soundness of evidence and analysis, (4) Potential impact on knowledge and decision making. We welcome papers from multiple disciplines not only from engineering, managerial and economic disciplines, social sciences or public policy. Papers should make a systematic contribution, based on theory, and/or sound quantitative or qualitative empirical research.
Abstract/Proposal submission: 31 March 2016 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Acceptance Notification: 1 May 2016
Full paper submission: 31 July 2016
Format of the proposal: extended abstract of 500 words, describing research problem, methods and key contribution.
Publication Opportunities: selected full papers will be considered to be published in a Special Issue of the Journal of Sustainable Mobility.
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