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Experiments for industrial exploration. Testing a car sharing system


  • Martin Tironi

    (School of Design, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile)

  • Brice Laurent

    (Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation, Mines ParisTech)


In 2012, considering its development strategy for the electric car market, Renault turned the town of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines into a experimentation and demonstration laboratory, with the installation of electric cars as part of a car sharing system without fixed stations, called Twizy Way. In this paper the authors take into account the ontological work this experiment produces, its demonstrative ability and the way it intertwines knowledge, as part of boundary drawing within the framework of the experiment itself. They speak of a form of flexible laboratorisation affected by doubt and constant reorganisation of the elements making up, overflowing and interfering with the experiment.

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  • Martin Tironi & Brice Laurent, 2014. "Experiments for industrial exploration. Testing a car sharing system," CSI Working Papers Series 036, Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation (CSI), Mines ParisTech.
  • Handle: RePEc:emn:wpaper:036

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    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • Z18 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Public Policy

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