By 2050, the urban population is expected to account for 82% of the world’s population, posing major challenges for sustainable urban mobility. A shift from private cars to public and shared transport is essential to address problems such as air pollution, congestion and energy consumption. The EU co-funded Seamless Shared Urban Mobility (SUM) project aims to transform existing transport networks by introducing New and Shared Mobility (NSM) integrated with public transport (PT).
SUM operates under the Innovation actions funding scheme, as facilitated by HORIZON and the European Climate, Infrastructure, and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) under Grant Agreement No 101103646. The project started in June 2023 and will run until May 2026.
The overall objective of the SUM project is to facilitate the transformation of mobility in 15 European cities by 2026 and in 30 European cities by 2030. This transformation involves the integration of new shared mobility modes with public transport, focusing on innovation, interconnectivity, environmental sustainability, safety, resilience and replicability.
In order to achieve this overall objective, the SUM project has formulated 7 specific objectives:
• Through price sensitivity surveys and dynamic pricing algorithms.
• Provide practical guidance on how to integrate NSM measures into Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs).
• Through the development of business models, scaling-up strategies and exploitation plans, and a roadmap for the uptake and replication of project results.
• By redesign transport infrastructure (streetscapes and mobility hubs) in collaboration with cities, citizens and service providers.
• Active communication and dissemination of the project results.
The project addresses key barriers to the adoption of New Shared Mobility (NSM) solutions, including personal vehicle preference, integration issues with public transport, cost concerns, uncertainty of availability and limited parking. The five SUM pillars address these challenges:
1. Prediction of passenger demand and shared vehicles: Predicting vehicle availability and demand increases reliability and attracts users.
2. Managing shared mobility on demand: Tailoring shared mobility services increases attractiveness.
3. Integrated timetables and ticketing: Bringing NSM and public transport together eliminates integration issues.
4. Co-creation of mobility hubs and streetscape: Redesigning the infrastructure promotes NSM as an alternative to the car.
5. Mobility management and pricing: Innovative schemes reduce cost barriers.