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We make many decisions on a daily basis – also when planning a trip. When do we leave? Which route do we follow? Do we travel by bus, train or car? Habits and attitudes often determine the choices we make. Mobility research focuses on those transportation choices and contains two pillars. In the first pillar, we analyse people’s transportation behaviour, so we can support governments and policy makers in taking policy decisions. To influence one’s transportation choices, we have to understand them first. In the second pillar, we develop innovative solutions in the field of mobility management that contribute to a more sustainable mobility.

Pillar 1: Policy support using transport models

For several years, IMOB actively worked on the development of activity based transport models. These models not only simulate (a number of) trips, but they also map a full day and activity pattern of an individual. Thanks to these models, we can test policy measures in a (simulated) reality. What is the effect of a specific policy measure? How will mobility evolve in the (near) future? Our analyses support government and policy makers in taking policy decisions.

IMOB developed FEATHERS, an activity based transport model, which is fully operational in Flanders. FEATHERS is also applied in other regions (e.g. UK, Seoul and Slovenia) and in various applications (e.g. quantification of emissions and health, electric vehicles, etc.).

Pillar 2: Managing and controlling mobility demand

We also offer sustainable solutions for managing and controlling mobility needs by e.g. mapping the exact size of the mobility demand, giving advice on parking policies and pricing, stimulating multimodal trips, etc.

Projects and realisations

What does a massive transition to electric vehicles imply for the transportation and distribution network?

Will we all drive electric by 2025? What does this imply for our future? Together with 9 international partners, IMOB simulated a mass transition to electric vehicles and conducted research on its impact on the transportation and electricity distribution network within the European project DATA SIM. Will the street lights go out because of an energy shortage, when too many vehicles are charged at the same time? Which time of the day is recommended to charge the battery? Read more >

Reinventing public transport by making it smart and adaptable

In order to relieve road infrastructure from congestion, improving public transport (PT) options are on the political agenda in many countries. After all, a higher reliability leads to a greater adoption of public transport and thus to more sustainable travel behaviour. IMOB and several international partners aim to reinvent the public transport system by making it smart and adaptable. Read more >

ICOMflex: Flexworking as partial solution to tackle congestion

Time- and location-independent work (TLIW) offers great benefits for employees, companies and society in general. Nevertheless, Belgium seems to miss this opportunity. The Flanders Institute for Mobility (VIM) and Flanders Synergy (FS) join forces to further introduce this ‘new way of working’ in Belgium. IMOB examined during this project the impact of the ‘New Way of Working’ on transportation, more specifically the impact on transportation behaviour and patterns of employees. Read more >

The transportation behaviour of Flemish people analysed

Since 1994, the Flemish Government examines the transportation behaviour of its inhabitants. The government aims to map the persons who execute trips, and searches for answers to travel related aspects such as when, why, from where, to where, by which travel mode, how long the trips take and how far the Flemish inhabitants travel. Since 2010, IMOB (Hasselt University) controls and analyses the data of the survey which has been conducted annually in the framework of Research Transportation Behaviour (OVG). Read more >