Designing Cooperation for Sustainable Mobility: Mobile Methods in Ridesharing Contexts

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Abstract

Motivated by rising global energy demands and a growing awareness of the scarcity of natural resources sustainable mobility concepts are more in demand than ever before. One solution is offered by ridesharing concepts, realized with ICT-supported mobile interaction systems. However, current systems mainly address issues of comfort and efficiency and thus refer to mobility widely in functional terms of transport. We argue in this paper for a praxis-based exploration that refers to personal ridesharing experiences embedded in people’s daily mobility and life world. We will show that a phenomenological inquiry provides added value in understanding practical challenges in a ridesharing context, and we will identify methods used to address practical challenges that can provide new starting points for design.

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Acknowledgments

We thank all interviewees for their participation, our student assistants for transcription work and discussions, our local partners for their support in addressing participants and University Heidelberg. Further we thank the BMBF for funding this project.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Information Systems and New MediaUniversity of SiegenSiegenGermany

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