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Opinion of an expert on the inOut 2019 white paper

Jean-Marie Bonnin is a research lecturer at IMT Atlantique School of Engineering. He leads the committee of experts comprising academics and professionals working on the inOut programme themes. We asked him to talk about the recent publication of the 2019 edition of our White Paper.

What were your reasons for putting together this summary of the [IN] part of inOut 2019?

JMB: It was something we had in mind since the first edition. And this year it was something we were able to do by working with a team whose job it is. The aim was to correlate the debates that took place over the two days. The way we approach programming is to cover the main trends. What is said during the plenary session is predictable. On the other hand, however, we can see the emergence of ideas that we hadn’t thought of in the small group workshops. This is something the report clearly shows and it includes summaries of some very productive discussions that took place. It therefore covers current trends in the mobility sector along with quite a lot of other information you can’t read about anywhere else.

The ‘White Paper’ is an original way of achieving this objective. What feedback have you had since it was published?

JMB: It came out just recently so I haven’t as yet had much in terms of feedback. But the input I have received is very positive, especially from our American partners. They’re used to this type of publication, on various themes too, but there’s very little that comes out of Europe. While a ‘White Paper’ is generally a commercial publication designed to sell something, feedback received indicates that the first people to read the inOut White Paper appreciate the fact that this is not the case here, and they find the content interesting.

Among the topics highlighted in the white paper, the promise of the self-driving car is one that is now clearly being called into question.

JMB: That’s right. In the previous edition, we wanted to find out whether the self-driving car was technically ready. The conclusion being that in reality this wasn’t quite the case. This year, the focus was turned towards regulations and new uses. Here again, we realised that things were far from operational. And that’s exactly the purpose of an event like inOut; it provides more in-depth analysis compared to the standpoints most frequently found in the media. If we don’t change our habits, the self-driving car as such will be disastrous. It will lead to an increase in the number of cars on the road; something no town can afford to see happen. For me, it’s one of the main findings of this year and the solution would appear to be carsharing.

What can you tell us about the programme for inOut 2020?

JMB: Not a great deal just now, as nothing has been decided for the moment. But given what came out of inOut 2019 and the white paper, we’d like to cover three main themes. The first is ‘mobility and health’; both access to healthcare and the catastrophic effects that electric bikes have on the health of their users. The second theme we’d like to take up is solutions for medium-sized towns where, as in the case of Rennes Metropole and its local authorities, demand is high. And finally, a theme with a more business-oriented focus: urban logistics issues.

For more information, you can download the inOut 2019 white paper: 7 keys to decrypt mobility

Publié le 19 September 2019

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