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17 May 2021

Report on how 'living labs' contribute to the transformation of urban mobility

Since 2006 the concept of the 'living lab' has been recognised by the European Commission as a key tool for open innovation. Living labs have spread all over Europe in various waves, first focusing on new ICT tools and later spreading to other fields, such as sustainable energy, healthcare, safety, and mobility. Living labs are seen as a key strategic instrument to boost the uptake of innovative sustainable urban mobility solutions in order to accelerate the transition to scale by engaging directly with citizens, the local community and all stakeholders in a real-life environment. This includes improving people’s quality of life by creating more liveable urban spaces through innovation and transformation.

In this context, LuxMobility and Breda University of Applied Sciences, funded by the EIT Urban Mobility, drew up an inventory of urban mobility living labs in the Pan-European region and recently published their main output on living labs. The report illustrates that the operational set up and local urban mobility strategies, as well as the goals of the main key stakeholders, have led in practice to a large variety of urban mobility living labs in Europe. The report provides an understanding of the scope of the mobility living labs movement in Europe, the typologies of the living labs deployed and their added value for the mobility transition, as well as their barriers.

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