Building on the city’s global reputation as a centre for design and innovation, Dundee will become a real-life test and experimentation environment for smart mobility solutions.

The MILL lies at the centre of Dundee’s smart mobility agenda. It is a programme office designed to deliver the necessary resources and expertise to establish Dundee as a real-life test and experimentation environment for smart mobility solutions. This encompasses new technologies, business models and regulatory frameworks that address current and future mobility challenges. The MILL is coordinating existing and future smart mobility projects in Dundee, as well as working to attract new projects and investments to the city. It brings together interdisciplinary experts to develop, deploy, and test – in actual living environments – new technologies and strategies to respond to current and future mobility challenges in a world with increasing globalization, urbanization and changing demographics.

As well as a Living Lab, the MILL is also working to attract new projects and investments to the city. The MILL’s programme office coordinates the living lab and its ecosystem that includes projects and partners from Dundee and further afield. It also communicates the aims, objectives and outcomes of mobility projects in Dundee, enables businesses, the public sector, citizens and academia to co-operate on enhancing mobility in the city, and helps to import and export products, services and expertise to boost Dundee’s economy and keep the city at the forefront of mobility projects. The MILL will raise the profile of Dundee and Scotland as leading international locations for smart mobility projects, benefiting stakeholders through the development of wider economic opportunities on a local, national and international basis.

What is a Living Laboratory?

The European Commission defines a Living Laboratory, or Living Lab, as a Public-Private-People Partnership (PPPP) for user-driven open innovation.

Living Labs make people stakeholders and active partners in the development of projects, allowing them to test new products and services in a normal, everyday real-life environment as part of their daily lives. By putting citizens on an equal footing with other partners, including business, academia and the public sector, Living Labs create wide-ranging and diverse partner networks – ecosystems – where open innovation occurs in a way that is impossible to replicate in a traditional laboratory environment, or by involving stakeholders at an end game ‘consultation’ stage.

 A Living Lab employs four main activities:

  1. Co-Creation: co-design by users and producers.
  2. Exploration: discovering emerging usages, behaviours and market opportunities.
  3. Experimentation: implementing live scenarios within communities of users.
  4. Evaluation: assessment of concepts, products and services according to socio-ergonomic, socio-cognitive and socio-economic criteria