SMART catalyzes and collaborates through a growing number of “Living Labs”, or collaborative on the ground projects, in communities and regions around the world. Living Labs are developed not only to understand and address the sustainable transportation challenges and opportunities of particular communities. They also provide frameworks for developing new research, business models, innovations, collaborations, and educational and skills development opportunities that can be adapted and applied elsewhere.
SMART projects concentrate on one or more of SMART’s five areas of special focus. SMART’s 4-step collaborative approach is summarized in a recent Primer: CONNECTING (AND TRANSFORMING) THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION: A Brief and Practical PRIMER for Implementing Sustainable Door-to-Door Transportation Systems in Communities and Regions.
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SMART’s projects are undertaken in partnership and with the support of Ford Motor Company, as well as with a range of business leaders, public officials, community and non-governmental groups, and research partners. Recently the Beijing and Detroit work has been supported by the Alcoa Foundation, and the Manila work has been supported by the Rockfeller Foundation. The network of SMART collaborations has also recently been enriched with the support of the FIA Foundation through the development of the Connecting and Transforming Primer and SMART’s Blog.
SMART projects complement and build on existing local and regional efforts being undertaken by governments, NGO’s, businesses, and academic institutions. They fill a gap by focusing on:
• “connecting the dots” to support seamless, multi-modal (and safe and affordable) door to door trips for all transport users. In particular they focus on New Mobility Hub networks or The New Mobility Grid, IT innovations and enhancements, service innovations, urban planning and design for accessibility and livability, innovative financing and policies, marketing sustainable transportation / New Mobility, and other integrative approaches.
SMART projects have generally evolved through positive connections with people in regions or communities where there is a need for better transportation and an opportunity to explore innovations collaboratively. For more information on the activities of SMART collaborative projects (living labs), see Connecting and Transforming the Future of Transportation. If you are interested in exploring a SMART collaboration in your region or community, please contact Susan Zielinski at firstname.lastname@example.org.