Micromobility: The Future of Transport?
West Midlands E-scooter Trial
Micromobility has the potential to revolutionise the way people move around the UK. From electric scooters to electric bikes, micromobility solutions can provide convenient sustainable transport for last-mile journeys, significantly reducing traffic congestion and air pollution.
In June 2020, the UK announced the first nationwide trial of e-scooters. This 12 month trial of rental e-scooters will be used to study the impact of e-scooters. Following this, in September 2020, Voi Technology, a Swedish based micromobility company, won the West Midlands tender, which includes: Coventry, Birmingham, Sandwell (West Bromwich), Solihull, Walsall, Warwickshire, and Wolverhampton.
University of Warwick E-scooter Study
With e-scooter rental services, the approach is seemingly follow the leader. The top five e-scooter service providers and manufacturers are offering the same basic product/service. However, based on our research, we anticipate that in the near future, we will see further innovation on the design of e-scooters, much in the same way skateboard designs changed in the 1990s. This could include adding suspension, more wheels, longer wheelbase, wider wheelbase, larger deck, longer handles, etc.
PhD in Micromobility Transport Modelling
Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship in Human Factors Engineering, at WMG, University of Warwick. The PhD will focus on the development of a transport modelling software tool, designed for shared micromobility vehicles. The project will be equally split, between developing the modelling software and conducting human factors studies, to understand the needs of people that want to use micromobility as a travel alternative.
For further information about the research being carried out at WMG, please contact Dr Roger Woodman