Keolis, partner of an innovative ideation programme dedicated to smart mobility

On 4 October 2018, Keolis and about fifteen partners launched an ideation programme lasting several months with the support of the Liberté Living-Lab. The approach is part of the Group's strategy of open innovation to co-build tomorrow’s mobility solutions with stakeholders from different backgrounds.

Eight months of collective ideation

On 4 October, Keolis and Kisio Digital took part in the kick-off of an open innovation initiative launched by the Liberté Living-Lab, a space for work, experimentation and sharing dedicated to ‘Tech for Good’ located in the heart of Paris. The programme began with a day of ideation to come up with the themes and issues that will be addressed during the Smart Mobility programme. Until June 2019, the Group and its digital subsidiary will, along with about 15 partners – companies, start-ups, public stakeholders and researchers – be actively involved in an open innovation programme focusing on smart mobility. The programme includes ideation workshops, the acceleration of concrete projects, fields of research and a cycle of conferences. Keolis' participation in this ground-breaking initiative is part of its innovation policy, which builds on partnerships with numerous start-ups, research labs such as the Ivado in Montreal, universities and major industry stakeholders in France and internationally.

A programme of open innovation to reinvent mobility

The programme focuses on electrical and sustainable mobility and the traces of mobility with discussions on Open Data, accessible electrical terminals and offers of multimodal digital solutions and a focus on the Ile-de-France (Greater Paris) region.

Actors in mobility face many changes today:

  • A new field of possibilities opened up by technology: e.g. electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, blockchain, artificial intelligence, 5G.
  • Mobility that is less and less linear: rapidly evolving behaviours and types of use, more flexible workplaces, increasingly varied transport options with the use of soft modes and journeys that are becoming multimodal.
  • Strong environmental pressures: e.g. pollution, air quality, fighting global warming, reducing noise pollution.
  • Increasing regional constraints: e.g. overcrowding of urban centres, loss of resources for rural areas, low emission zones.

All these issues mean questioning our perceptions of mobility and imagining new services and economic models.

The major milestones of the Smart Mobility programme

  • November 2018: datathon
  • January 2019: hackathon to identify concrete, promising projects for mobility
  • February – April 2019: prototyping and accelerating a project in the Liberté Living-Lab; in vivo tests in partner organisations
  • May 2019: assessment and sharing of experiences
  • June 2019: closing of the collective

Events and conferences will be held throughout the entire programme