In a recent research-action about the co-creation of mobility solutions with the inhabitants of a peri-urban municipality, we came with a prerequisite, imposed by the funder of the research, of developing technology.
What we discovered with the inhabitants is a clear demand, an expressed need for mobility solutions in this low density urban area, but we did not find any demand for technology.
The reasons we identified are:
- Firstly technology is only a means to an end, and
- secondly technology is never fully accessible (we observed low smartphone ownership and usage).
This create a difficulty for technology driven mobility innovation. How to take it onboard? Co-creation, or at least co-creation as we implemented it, is not the right way to promote technology driven mobility innovation.