Today, car sharing is not only a mobility concept, but a genuine service that is spreading throughout the world. Launched in October 2017, the STARS project will carry out research on the diffusion and implementation of car sharing services. During the kick-off meeting organised in Turin (Italy), partners shared the activities they will be performing and began working on the projects’ goals, impacts and target audiences in a dedicated workshop.
Funded by the European Commission and standing for ‘Shared mobility opporTunities And challenges foR European citieS”, STARS will bring together experts from the transport engineering, environmental psychology, and industrial economics fields.
During 30 months, they will adopt a co-modality approach, considering the real effects of car sharing on other travel modes, the (new) travel demand, and the mobility needs of European citizens. The new aspect of STARS lies in the studies on the implications and impacts of car sharing, rather than on the implementation of the system itself, as it has been done before.
Coordinated by Marco Diana, Associate Professor at Politecnico di Torino (Italy), STARS gather 9 partners: three universities, one car sharing platform, one car sharing industry association, one car manufacturer, one European city, one international organisation specialised in the implementation of sustainable development at the local level, and one SME.
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