SCiM-MK researchers, Co-I Matthew Cook and RA Miguel Valdez, have had their paper Prototyping sustainable mobility practices: User generated data in the smart city published in the Journal of Technology Analysis and Strategic Management.
The article looks at smart transport as a window into the social shaping of technology. In it, the authors seek to contribute to a small but growing number of case studies about how smart city projects develop on the ground, by exploring the development of a transport application, MotionMap, within the MK:Smart smart city programme.
MotionMap, a smart app currently in development, will connect users with real-time information on transport flows and services, supporting more informed, flexible and spontaneous travel choices. This research looks at the development process that took place between Spring 2014 and Autumn 2016. A series of citizen engagement workshops facilitated the exploration of existing and envisioned transport practices in Milton Keynes through the interaction of lead users and a series of mock-ups and prototype versions of the MotionMap application. The app has not been officially launched and the deployment of its associated sensor infrastructure is in early stages, but citizens' interactions with its prototypes may provide insight on how ‘smart’ might be integrated within and potentially transform the plurality of mobility practices that exist in cities.