Keolis launches the "Trials for the mobility of future generations"
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Trials for the mobility of future generations: An innovative approach to imagining the mobility of the future

Keolis launches the "Trials for the mobility of future generations"
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PostedAUG. 23, 2023
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On June 22, 2023, Keolis launched a conference series on mobilities of the future, organized in a courtroom format under the name “Trials for the mobility of future generations”. This is an innovative approach to imagining the mobility of the future and debating concrete solutions.

Context: An initiative in line with Keolis’s approach of co-constructing innovative solutions for the mobility of today and tomorrow  

Keolis pursues a prospective approach based on observing how people actually live within its regions. In fact, this approach initiated through its Keoscopie observatory and its accompanying podcast “Nos vies mobiles” (“Our mobile lives”) encouraged the group to implement a methodology for analyzing lifestyles to better understand regions and imagine the mobility of the future. Through this observatory, Keolis notably carries out numerous studies aiming to observe and measure changing lifestyles across its regions, as well as the resulting impact on uses and expectations in terms of the mobility of today and tomorrow.

Trials for the mobility of future generations - Can we do without cars outside cities?

Building on this approach undertaken alongside regions and mobility authorities, Keolis launched a series of participatory events in 2023: the “Trials for the mobility of future generations”. The four events planned for this year are organized in partnership with Usbek & Rica. They are hosted in various French cities to debate major questions about the mobility of the future and encourage our reflection to create concrete solutions.

Annelise Avril

Annelise Avril

Senior Executive Vice-President for Marketing, Innovation and New Mobility Services

"We are launching the ‘Trials for the mobility of future generations’, an event series in line with the Keoscopie observatory within our regions. The aim is to move beyond the common preconceptions, invite everyone to express their point of view and nourish reflection on the key mobility issues of today and tomorrow."

Innovation: An original scenography in the form of a trial to investigate and debate various topics tied to the mobility of the future 

This innovative and unique campaign, with a scenography and organization in the form of a trial, features a prosecutor, a jury, an indictment and expert witnesses called to the stand to share their insight and advance our reflection on the major challenges in the mobility of today and tomorrow.

This original scenography is also participatory. The media company Usbek & Rica, which gave organizational support to Keolis, features a dedicated section on its website to allow people to share their opinions on specific topics. In the context of the “Trials for the mobility of future generations”, the media outlet initiates debate within a wide audience about topics defined ahead of each event.

Benefits: Encouraging reflection on major issues in passenger mobility across our regions  

The regional approach of this conference series makes it possible to investigate and debate various topics surrounding the mobility of the future and the major challenges each event’s host region is facing. 

Two sessions have already taken place. The first trial, held on June 22 in Nancy, opened the debate on the question: Will electric mobility save the climate?

The insights provided by expert witnesses on the stand led to a decision of 3 votes to 2 that electric mobility will not be enough (on its own) to save the climate. This was the verdict reached by the testimonies of Pascal Taton, CEO of the Grand Nancy urban planning agency, Geoffrey Abecassis, Presidential Advisor in charge of France Relance and France 2030 at ADEME, and Frédérik Jobert, Program Director of Ecological Transition Planning for the Prime Minister’s Services.

Translation of the image on the side:

Will electric mobility save the climate?  

No way! 

Of course! 

Will electric mobility save the climate?
Will electric mobility save the climate?
Trials for the mobility of future generations - New Uses

New Uses: I have a gas-powered car for vacation… an electric car for work… and a hybrid for the weekend!

The second trial, held on July 10 in Châteauroux, encouraged reflection on a specific issue that rural areas are facing: Is it possible to live without cars in areas outside of cities? Three new expert witnesses fueled the debate with their contributions, which led to a tight decision of 3 votes to 2 that future generations can indeed live without cars outside of cities. However, each witness also mentioned the limited practical feasibility of the verdict, following the testimonies of Eric Chareyron, Director of Prospective, Lifestyles and Mobility in the Territories at Keolis, Pierre Helwig, Engineer from Mines Nancy, and Stéphanie Vincent, PhD in Sociology from Paris-Descartes University.

Translation of the image on the side:

Can we live without cars outside of cities?  

Yes 

No 

Can we live without cars outside of cities?
Can we live without cars outside of cities?
Bike-friendly railroads

Bike-friendly railroads - Gotta be careful!  

Next steps: Conclusion of the conference-debate series at the end of 2023 to encourage reflection on concrete solutions 

The next trial will take place on September 20, 2023, in Rennes with a focus on the question: Does a desirable city refer to a city without cars? 

A fourth and final session held in Paris in November will complete the event series.  

Discussion and reflection will continue beyond the series to identify and implement concrete solutions that respond to major challenges to the mobility of the future. Finally, a Manifesto for the Mobility of Future Generations is also in development.  

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