Age and the city: The case of smart mobility

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This article investigates social inclusion from the perspective of smart mobility and transport, which are core aspects of smart city policy. More specifically, it discusses older people’s mobility practice in smart city environments as a phenomenon at the intersection of age, digital ICT and data. Drawing on mobility studies, communications and critical data studies the article uses the following questions to frame its analysis: How transport (and) mobility practices interact with mobile ICT use in smart cities? What do we know about the transport mobilities of older people? What do we know about the mobile media and ICT practices of older people? After introducing the concepts of smart city and smart mobility the article discusses these questions through literature review, secondary data, and examples from public transportation services in the city of London, one of Europe’s principal ‘smart’ cities. The analysis highlights age-bias in inherited transport systems, gaps in available data about older people’s mobility practices and their media and ICT use, and opportunities for more inclusive and sustainable smart transport.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman Aspects of IT for the Aged Population
Subtitle of host publicationTechnology and Society
EditorsQ. Gao , J. Zhou
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2020
Event6th International Conference, ITAP 2020, Held as Part of the 22nd HCI International Conference - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 19 Jul 202024 Jul 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science


Conference6th International Conference, ITAP 2020, Held as Part of the 22nd HCI International Conference
Abbreviated titleHCII 2020

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  • Age
  • Data
  • Older people
  • Smart city
  • Smart mobility
  • Social inclusion


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