Moretto, S, Robinson D, Schippl J, Moniz AB.  2016.  Beyond Visions: Survey to the High-speed Train Industry. Transportation Research Procedia. 14:1839-1846. AbstractWebsite

In Europe, the technology development of high-speed trains is increasingly exposed to societal needs, driven by ICT advancements, external to traditional design. Together with the liberalisation of the rail markets and increase pressures from other transport modes leads to an unprecedented situation where planers, operators and suppliers of high-speed have to take decision in this complex and competitive environment.
In such broadening of elements influencing design and, thus, product development process, from the survey here to be presented, it was not observed technology options assessment or strategic agenda setting from visions shifting in the same way.
For the high-speed train industry this new trend requires going beyond the visions of the past 15 to 20 years’ practices of “sector endogenous” and structurally closed strategic methods approaches to a broader interaction with the widening of societal actors now capable of being active contributors to innovation from digitalization.
This way to understand the European industry readiness for undertaking such supra systemic challenge, this paper presents the results from a survey conducted by the authors to 74 representatives of the high-speed train innovation chain regarding to which extent societal embedding is considered in the drafting of their visions and technology development projects.
This work becomes even more pertinent if considered that the debate is now open in the railway industry (not exclusive to high-speed trains) as they are launching the joint initiative SHIFT2RAIL, revise ERRAC (the European Rail Research Advisory Council) mandate and enter in a new research cycle with the European research framework Horizon 2020.

Susana Martins Moretto

Susana Martins Moretto

Collaborator researcher/CICS.NOVA

MORETTO, Susana, PhD Visiting researcher in Hong Kong CICS.Nova Interdisciplinary Center for Social Sciences Faculty of Sciences and Technology, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal In association with the ITAS- Institute of Technology Assessment of the KIT-Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany Mobile +852-67337613 E-Mail s.moretto@campus.fct.unl.pt Linked in https://www.linkedin.com/in/susana-martins-moretto-4435731/

My name is Susana Martins Moretto, I have a PhD in Technology Assessment applied to the European high-speed train system, awarded by the Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal in partnership with the Institute for Technology Assessment ITAS from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. I dedicate my time to research of practices that allow for reciprocal knowledge dialogues to occur between railways and society in Europe from product development to its entry in the market.