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Living lab: Schorndorf
Citizen oriented optimization of performance, efficiency and attractiveness of local traffic
The "renaissance of the city" as a working and living space, which has been perceivable for several years, is currently being discussed in expert forums. In this discussion, medium-sized towns and smaller municipalities in the surrounding areas of larger cities are often neglected, along with commuter traffic to nearby centers. Public transport is perceived to be inadequate, especially outside main traffic times due to lack of flexibility from the user perspective and due to lack of profitability from the operator perspective.
Hence, the development of new user-oriented and ecologically sustainable mobility concepts is becoming increasingly important as well as the involvement of citizens and other stakeholders.
These developments can be seen as an invitation to develop innovative mobility concepts together with the citizens. Therefore, the living lab provides a platform for implementing technical innovation on the basis of collaborations between different stakeholders.
The research project „Living lab Schorndorf“ is set for three years in which citizens are actively involved in the development process as co-designers. In the course of various workshops and experimentation sessions, ideas and suggestions for solutions are developed for the user-oriented bus concept and requirements for a visionary bus concept of the future are collected. In a 1-year testing phase, selected citizens take the role of test users and evaluators of the system. During the testing phase the operating concept and the flexible order process are tested in real operation. The findings gained thereby are integrated into the further development process.