The ambitious goals of climate protection and energy and resource efficiency as well as the tremendous changes in society and economy require restless innovation and progress in the transportation systems. In order to reach the European goals towards sustainability and efficiency and to meet the transport and mobility needs of all European citizens, a truly integrated and seamless transport system for people and freight must be developed and implemented. Therefore, the full potential of transformative technologies has to be exploited. This can only be achieved if user-centeredness, cross-modal solutions, technology and knowledge transfer as well as collaboration between modes, but also beyond the traditional transport sectors, become a focus of efforts of all stakeholders in transport. In these efforts, the user needs to be included in the entire design process starting from the research stage until the implementation of new transport products and services.
The European Transport and Mobility Forum employs participatory processes to explore how to efficiently include the user-perspective and how to create added value by transferring knowledge and building new collaborations across modes and topics. The ETM Forum strives to support the work of related initiatives, as e.g. European Technology Platforms, in terms of bringing the user-centered and multi-/cross-modal viewpoint in discussions and fostering its implementation in novel transport solutions.
Its ultimate goal is building an integrated, sustainable and user-centric transport system for passengers and freight.