How we work
We take you step by step through our process. So that you know what will come your way.
We always do the best we can together with our partners and clients to achieve a great result, which is a high-quality result that meets all wishes and requirements, and where the road towards it is at least as pleasant. The Future Mobility Network stands for acting and adapting rapidly and short lines of communication. We possess both technical and commercial employees in house who take you step by step through our process, which is a clear story to let you know what will be ahead of you. Please note that every project is made-to-measure, because every project is tailored to the wishes of our end-user. After all, so many people, so many wishes…
Building up knowledge questions and agendas
Understanding what you want and what knowledge you together need is at the heart of a knowledge agenda. Questions about the content of what is already possible and questions about processes and organization.
How do we arrive at a good roadmap and use cases that are sustainable for a long time? This starts with the elaboration of knowledge questions. Often, these are already partly known, and sometimes need refinement and may also be research questions or practical experiences. Since 2015 we have been collecting questions and answers, and managing a knowledge and document collection, which has resulted in a ‘state of the art’ start, which is partially the reason why The Netherlands is known worldwide (and no. 1) with new mobility. In addition, we are identifying the (major) players with whom science is currently engaged and we are starting a knowledge agenda that makes use of the accumulated knowledge that we already have available to not have to reinvent the wheel every time. We have already built up these knowledge agendas with regard to the subjects of automated driving, last-mile travel and autonomous shipping.
Organising a test environment (research)
We have set up several test sites to test automated vehicles and vessels in interaction with other road users, vehicles and infrastructure. At the Greenvillage at TU Delft, we carry out the tests and perform research. Innovations that leave this research environment are applied in Fieldlabs.
In the Field labs we carry out research into user experiences, integration in public transport and willingness to pay for innovation among users, among other things. The Field labs are a logical step in the research environment; we go a step further and actually implement the innovation into real mixed traffic on a small scale with users and future operator.
If the necessary test environment or setup is not set up yet, we organize it! In these test environments, we carry out applied scientific research in collaboration with the market. We actively bring parties together and facilitate the tests based on protocols and test dispensations.
Conducting feasibility studies
Future Mobility Network carries out feasibility studies into the application of smart innovations in mobility as an opportunity for the future and/or as a solution for a particular problem owner.
Take for example the implementation of automated shuttles with which you can travel flexibly from door to door in areas with little traffic, or as a supplement to public transport, the design of an accessible business park with solutions for space and parking problems, or even a residential area with logistic innovations for delivery services with, for example, delivery robots or, on the ‘wet side’, making a ferry autonomous so that we can broaden the service times and promote tourism.
Our approach solves short-term problems with future-proof innovations. Despite declining profitability and/or rising costs, innovations make it possible to provide cheaper, more flexible and with larger numbers of passengers or to provide logistics services. The feasibility study makes this specific and tangible at the level that all parties involved can formalize this in, for example, a letter of intent. This creates a solid go/no-go for the start of a Field lab or actual implementation into real mixed traffic. We actively collaborate with parties such as Rebel Automated Shuttles and in this way optimally combine the various areas of expertise.
Organizing field labs (use cases)
After the feasibility study, it is important to test the innovations safely in a controlled environment and in a realistic scenario, e.g. together with the problem owners, which may be located in the city or in the countryside.
A field lab is a physical place where science, industry and the market meet, design and implement projects to explore the future and gain experience. In this way we lay the foundation for implementation and exploitation of automated systems, and we learn whether the field lab provides a basis for the future in terms of business and/or policy. This is called “learning by doing”.
In a field lab, we perform research together and use our experience to find answers to the knowledge questions. We give shape to training courses and carry out research into how we for example test safely and in phases between regular traffic and what users experience or are prepared to pay for. The aim is to bring the technology to a market introduction and/or higher (SAE or quality) level. Scaling up and sharing knowledge is essential and bringing together different pilots in so-called use cases ensures an accelerated market introduction.
Implementation & project management
After the automated system has shown capability of performing its tasks in a Field lab environment, it is time to proceed to implementation (and to prepare the possible exploitation). The Future Mobility Network shows confidence to the parties and the technology involved by making sure that the new system integrates with the existing system in all respects and meets the needs and interests of the parties regarding monitoring, maintenance, communication, routes, (digital) infrastructure, insurances, an administrative organisation, contracts and working arrangements, which requires effort, time and money, and in this phase, Future Mobility Network can arrange all this and take the lead or give advice on how to properly organise the longer term with the parties involved. We share our experience and passion for these projects with the parties, with whom we also co-operate and design new operating companies. Arranging all this is done in close collaboration with Rebel Automated Shuttles, among others.
The Fieldlab shows what an innovative service looks like in practice and how it is perceived. The parties involved will gain confidence in it for more large-scale deployment, with which the Fieldlab offers prospects for future exploitation. The project goes to a management organization that takes care of the exploitation.
For example the Haga shuttle. project. Together with HTM and our partner Rebel Automated Shuttles , a new company has been started up, ‘De Haagse Shuttle BV’. This company does not limit itself to management and operation, but also prepares similar new applications in HTM’s concession area.
In addition to HTM, we found a partner in Arriva and ‘Dutch Automated Mobility’ was established to run the last mile project at ESA in Noordwijk. We invest in this project on a risk basis and in doing so we show that we believe in what we say.
By collaborating with The Future Mobility Network you get
- A solution for short-term problems with future-proof innovations. Despite declining profitability and/or rising costs, it is possible with innovations to serve travellers more cheaply, flexibly and with larger numbers or to provide logistics services.
- An approach that has proven itself and in which you can join or participate at any time. We provide tailor-made support in all the steps outlined.
- Access to national and international expertise, experience and a broad network within the logistics sector, regulatory authorities and tech companies.
- Access to testing and research facilities where, in collaboration with the market, we carry out applied scientific research into new technologies in the field of new mobility.
- A physically innovative and professional location or field lab in your area where you and your clients or interested colleagues can go and show them what possibilities there will be in the future.
- Good insight into the costs and revenues and the financing (‘what does it cost?’) and the possibilities of subsidies and overall financing (‘how do we finance it?’) and scaling up afterwards.
- But above all, a direct result in the physical field that is tangible and achievable by means of the ‘learning by doing’ approach.
- National awareness through active communication and our press network.