The Netherlands Society for Nature and Environment
The Society for Nature and Environment is an independent organisation dedicated to a healthy environment, a rich ecosystem and beauty in the natural landscape. We lobby among governmental authorities and the corporate and political sectors for sustainable solutions to issues on nature and the environment. We make solutions and create partnerships. This is how we stand up for a healthy balance between environment and economy.
The original idea for c,mm,n came from the Netherlands Society for Nature and Environment. Our goal with this initiative is to challenge the auto industry to produce cleaner, quieter and more efficient cars in the short term. In 2005, the Society for Nature and Environment approached the universities of technology to develop a sustainable mobility concept for the year 2020. The result is c,mm,n: not just the car of the future, but a new way of thinking about mobility.
TU/e, the Eindhoven University of Technology, is demonstrating ways to power cars cleanly. The most environmentally friendly method is a battery-powered, fully electric powertrain. To address the limited action radius of this system, TU/e conceived two other solutions in combination with the electric powertrain: a small electricity-generating hydrogen fuel cell and a diesel engine.
University of Twente
The University of Twente is bringing you the experience of the future of automotive mobility. The driving simulator developed by the university allows people to experience what a car trip in the future might look like. The system incorporates innovative mobility concepts that demonstrate how the car is moving from being a status symbol to a tool. The simulator also demonstrates how cars are becoming more and more sustainable, thanks to new technologies to minimise the external impact of driving a car, support carpooling and make driving easier on the driver.
Rabobank and its subsidiary Athlon Car Lease are important partners in the development of an exciting and stimulating vision of the sustainable mobility of the future. In partnership with the Netherlands Society for Nature and the Environment, Rabobank and Athlon want to make motorists aware of environmentally friendly alternatives. Rabobank has made sustainable mobility a key focus area within its organisation. All cars available to the bank’s lease car drivers are environmentally friendly models, the drivers are issued a public transportation business subscription card, the bank encourages and rewards bicycle and train use among its personnel, and the bank is involved in projects promoting sustainable mobility. One such project initiated by Rabobank is the ‘Avoid Rush Hour’ pilot project, which is investigating ways to induce motorists to travel outside of commute hours. Another project backed by the bank is Netherlands Accessible, organiser of the National Traffic Jam-Free Day.
Athlon Car Lease
Athlon Car Lease is dedicating efforts to making mobility more sustainable. Of course, with 129,000 lease cars on the road, Athlon Car Lease is no small contributor to the traffic situation and accounts for a significant amount of CO2 emissions, and so we take our responsibility to facilitate concrete solutions for our impact very seriously. As such, we are always happy to support initiatives that contribute to sustainability in mobility. As one example, Athlon Car Lease has developed the Sustainable Mobility Plan with products and services that make it easy for its clients to make their car fleets more sustainable. With the Sustainable Mobility Plan, we are creating space on the road. We offer time-saving and efficiency-increasing alternatives to the car, and reduce CO2 emissions in the process. Athlon Car Lease wants to keep the car from becoming an unrealistic transportation alternative in the future. But like our parent company Rabobank, we are also participating in the c,mm,n project as a substantive partner. Anyone can contribute to the thought processes on the design of this car of the future – the world's first open-source car. C,mm,n is an element of the Sustainable Mobility Plan.
Logica is the provider of the internet platform used by transport specialists, designers, engineers and other interested parties in the design of the c,mm,n. The essence of this Online Collaboration Platform (OCP) is its basis on crowd sourcing, the leveraging of the ideas of a large number of independently operating people as a knowledge source. As a result, the innovation does not only happen within the traditional halls of businesses and institutions, but in fact breaks through these conventional barriers.
The OCP helps the designers by continually establishing cross-connections between the ideas and designs presented within this platform and presents them in an accessible manner. This structure enriches and accelerates the design process. Logica launched the OCP in the c,mm,n pavilion at this year's AutoRAI.
Transumo is a Dutch platform of more than 300 companies, governments and research institutes. Our central objective is to contribute to the transition to sustainable mobility. Sustainable mobility enhanced economic competitiveness and strength, with great attention to people and environment. At this moment more than 40 research projects are executed in connection with Transumo (including c,mm,n 2.0). The 'car of the future' (c,mm,n 1.0 from 2007) is developed and is now more related in the future of 2020, focused both on the role of the mobilist and within a realistic perspective on mobility transition. The broadening of the technical concept and transition to a sustainable future (in this case electrical) mobility makes c,mm,n 2.0 for Transumo interesting.
Municipality of Amsterdam
Amsterdam is striving towards the goal of being a dynamic and clean metropolis in the year 2040. Sustainable energy generation and sustainable mobility, including electric transport, will make Amsterdam a clean city with an attractive environment for business establishment. The urban area will be optimally utilised so as to preserve the landscape. Accessibility will have been improved by a highly refined and high-quality public transport system, with park & ride facilities at the periphery of the city.
Auto Mechanics programme of the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences
The Auto Mechanics programme of the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences trains auto mechanics for technical and commercial-technical positions in the international auto industry. In our programme, we look at the vehicle as a whole, as well as the vehicle in its relationship with its environment and as a component of the total mobility system. Of course, conventional auto technology remains an important focus. In addition, the programme devotes a great deal of attention to developments surrounding the new generation of sustainable vehicles.
The c,mm,n vision is a very good fit with the programme. We hope to be able to contribute to the implementation of the concept with our applied technology based perspective, in partnership with the Industrial Product Design programme.
The Netherlands Centre for Social Innovation (NCSI) promotes and initiates innovations in management, organisation and labour in companies, organisations and institutions. The NCSI is an active knowledge centre where knowledge on social innovation is produced, collected and distributed and where initiatives in the field of social innovation are supported.
The NCSI is a partnership of employer associations AWVN and FME-CWM, trade unions FNV Bondgenoten and CNV Bedrijvenbond, knowledge institutes the Amsterdam Institute for Labour Studies (University of Amsterdam) and the Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University Rotterdam), and TNO Quality of Life.