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Charm 89 - Computer-Helped Area-Wide Regional Mobility

Charm 89 - Computer-Helped Area-Wide Regional Mobility

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The objective of this 1989 proposal to the EC is to try to develop potentially viable new concepts capable of making much more intensive use of the vehicles and road infrastructures that are already in existence, making imaginative use of available services, technologies, and organizations.
By its nature, the project is to concentrate heavily on issues of · Information systems, and Incentive systems.
The objective of this 1989 proposal to the EC is to try to develop potentially viable new concepts capable of making much more intensive use of the vehicles and road infrastructures that are already in existence, making imaginative use of available services, technologies, and organizations.
By its nature, the project is to concentrate heavily on issues of · Information systems, and Incentive systems.

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CHARM
 
‘89
 C
OMPUTER
-H
ELPED
A
REA
-W
IDE
R
EGIONAL
M
OBILITY
 
 ______________________________________________________________ P
RELIMINARY
P
ROPOSAL
& D
ISCUSSION
D
OCUMENT
 
Prepared by Eric Britton of the EcoPlan Access Program for the:DRIVE Program, European Commission, BrusselsParis, 9 May 1989Association EcoPlan International4, rue de Chevreuse 75006 Paris, FranceTel. 326-1323 Fax 326-1747Association régie sous la Loi de 1èr Juillet 1901 (Siret 304555295 00019)
 
C
HARM
‘89
A P
ROPOSAL
Access Program 1989
1.
 
BASIC PROJECT PRINCIPLES
Project Summary:
EcoPlan proposes to lead and contribute over the remainder of1989 to a collaborative program and brainstorming effort within theCommission’s DRIVE program, which is to involve researchagencies and industrial groups in a first instance in France andSweden.The basic idea behind the project is to establish a flexibleframework for concept development and investigation in theselected problem area, which can then be tested, refined, and, ifappropriate, put to work in actual demonstrations by a number ofindependent centers of thought and expertise.The objective is to try to develop potentially viable new conceptscapable of making much more intensive use of the vehicles androad infrastructures that are already in existence, makingimaginative use of available services, technologies, andorganizations.By its nature, the project is to concentrate heavily on issues of
Information systems, and
Incentive systems.Unlike the EC's "CASSIOPE" project that looks at new proposalsfor information and related computer management systems forpublic transport, this collaborative EcoPlan project under theAccess program proposes to look at the scope of with reference toprivately owned and operated vehicles.This proposal builds on an earlier brainstorming presentation for atechnology demonstration project along these lines made byEcoPlan to the OECD Environment Directorate in 1978, and laterthat year in a public presentation to the Swedish Road TransportInstitute (VTI)): CHARM - Computer-Helped Area-Wide RegionalMobility System (see Annex A below for details).
 
C
HARM
‘89
A P
ROPOSAL
Access Program 1989
2.
 
I. Brainstorm Introduction
1. How are we going to provide fair and efficient transport topeople living in outlying rural areas, many of whom todayare not well served by our present transportationengagements.2. Given the numbers involved i.e., of people who need tobe served and available public moneys to do better-- it hasto be seen that there is no choice…. i.e., to make any realimpacts, we are going to have to work with what is outthere: ”the vehicles already on the road.3. The "problem" i.e., that huge number of all too often closeto empty vehicles that are out there spinning around'chaotically' and at great cost to the community as a whole(environmental and other), contains within it nearly all ofthe needed elements of the answer.4. Sad Reality #1: All proposed "alternative systems" of thelast years (i.e., public transport, mass transit, high-techinnovational systems, etc.) have one or both of two fatalflaws:
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Wrong quantities (off by orders of magnitude, given thenumber of people who need to be moved through thesystem)Þ
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Entirely inadequate flexibility (i.e., few if any comeanywhere close to the O/D and flexibility that mostpeople expect from their preferred transport means(e.g., cars))
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(For the record, the problem is ”not technical feasibility,safety, reliability, ...... or even cost! The problem lieselsewhere.)4. Sad Reality #2: There is ”nothing on the horizon newmodes… technologies, organizational arrangements,management improvements, economics that is going tomake a significant macro difference, in terms of the globaldimensions of the problem, between now and the earlyyears of the next century. Nothing! We have to accept that,if we are ever to come to grips with the real challenge.

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