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Mobility as export good

Future urban mobility faces a challenge: While global traffic will increase by about six percent and the required parking space for cars by eight percent over the next 15 years, by now, large cities are already reaching their limits today. Traffic-reduced city centers, autonomous shuttles on test tracks, micromobiles and platforms that allow travelers to individually assemble their interconnected routes – such mobility concepts are being tested in the German capital, for example. Andreas Herrmann in an article in AUTOMOBIL INDUSTRIE on the question of how Germany can still catch up with the strong international competitors when it comes to alternative future mobility models?

Germany as an automobile country has to make an effort to catch up.
“The value chain in the mobility industry will be completely broken apart,” says Andreas Herrmann in the current issue of AUTOMOBIL INDUSTRIE. In order to make mobility in the cities sustainable and easily accessible for its users, in future many players will contribute a small part to the value chain. In this context, public authorities that can initiate projects and coordinate platforms due to their proximity to politics, technology companies that provide apps, or construction companies that ensure infrastructure are equally important. Such projects are, however, demanding in terms of coordination.

New mobility projects place high demands on coordination.
One of the central problems in the development of sustainable mobility projects is that there are many individual initiatives, but their findings have not yet been consolidated, ICI Director Herrmann told AUTOMOBIL INDUSTRIE. What is needed is a cross-regional authority to coordinate such projects and their interdisciplinary actors. The fact that this has been lacking so far puts Germany at a disadvantage in international comparison. “Germany lacks a plan, an initiative from the Ministry of Transport,” laments Andreas Herrmann.

What does it take for Germany to position itself in the battle for future mobility?
Andreas Herrmann’s proposal: “A city in Germany is moving forward by building future mobility, with all the required players involved. We test hardware, software, operating models, willingness to pay, people’s concerns. As an automotive hub, we have to be able to do that. He points out that mobility will be the third largest consumer market in the world. Even though a German law is already being drafted that could make autonomous driving a reality, German cities still have a lot of work to do.

In a cooperation project with the management consultancy BCG, the ICI has investigated which type of city benefits most from which mobility mix. You can read more about this here.


Mobilität als Exportware
(Svenja Gelowicz)