19 - 20 June 2018
Köln Messe, Cologne, Germany

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“The technology for autonomous cars is now substantially ready for mass utilisation,” continued Robinson. “The issue that holds it back is the complexity of the highway infrastructure that autonomous cars are required to operate in. This complexity includes roads that may have been conceived 50 years or more ago, intersections that are outdated, the difficulty of safeguarding pedestrians, and other peculiarities of an old road network. With the creation of an entirely new infrastructure – which is in effect what HS2 is giving rise to – the UK will have a readily utilisable landscape for the operation of Level 5 autonomous vehicles, the level at which drivers can literally sit back and relinquish control. Benefits include the potential for vehicles to ‘platoon’ very closely together, which will result in better capacity utilisation of the road network as well as better fuel efficiency, particularly in the case of commercial vehicles. Statistics relating to cost universally suggest that building a multiple-lane motorway is a lot less expensive than building a lesser-capacity railway. There is potential for a huge cost reduction for the British Government and taxpayer – money that could be better channelled into the NHS. Indeed, in terms of savings, a fully autonomous superhighway actually has the potential to eliminate accidents altogether.”

Finishing his speech, Robinson concluded, “We have a fantastic, one-off opportunity. Let’s not be so wedded to old-fashioned thinking that we miss it altogether. The decisions being made now will be fundamental to 2030/2040/2050. Let’s get it right!”

Conference Streams – ALL STREAMS ARE ACROSS 2 DAYS

Stream 1
Urban Air Mobility

How autonomous aerial vehicles and personal airborne transportation solutions will revolutionise urban mobility

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Stream 2
Urban Mobility & Smart Cities

Intelligent urban mobility solutions for smart megacities of the future

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Stream 3
Legal & Regulatory Challenges of
Autonomous Vehicles

Building international standards and a legal framework for successful implementation of highly automated vehicles.

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Stream 4
The Challenge For Rail

How new technology can help modernise railways and help operators meet the challenge from new mobility solutions.

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Stream 5
Mobility as a Service

Is MaaS the next industrial revolution for transportation and urban mobility?

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Stream 6
Quantum Shifts

Examining new concepts and changes that would radically transform surface congestion.

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Stream 7

Developing zero-emission transportation and sustainable mobility solutions for future generations.

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Stream 8
Changing Landscape For
Automotive Industry

Discussing the effects of reductions in vehicle ownership, new ways of selling vehicles to a different ownership profile and challenges from new, highly competitive mobility solutions.

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Stream 9
Infrastructure and
Project Funding

Reviewing successful private funding and joint funding partnerships and how these may be expanded in the future. Who will the players be?

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2018 Speaker Highlights – See Our Speaker Page To See Full List of 200+ Speakers

Andreas Thellmann

Project executive, economics of urban air mobility

Rainer Daude

Project director mobility concepts

Marco Wilfert

Head of special investment programmes
Deutsche Bahn Netz AG

Derrick Xiong

Co-founder and chief marketing officer

Frank Meyer

Senior vice president B2C/B2SME solution management and innovation

Robert Missen

Directorate-General for Mobility & Transport
European Commission

Susanne Marczian

Manager sustainable mobility
Ford Motor Company

Tim Houter

CEO and co-founder
Hardt Hyperloop

Jörg Astalosch


Alexander Lewald

Chief technical officer
Kapsch TrafficCom AG

Kaj Pyyhtiä

MaaS Global

Vicky Boiten-Lee

General manager for fuels marketing

Mark Van Hagan

Principal consultant customer experience
NS Rail

Stephan Herbst

General Manager Business Strategy
Toyota Motor Europe

Matt Burton

Legal director II, regulatory development

Alexei Korn

Senior strategy manager
Swiss Federal Railways


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The Future of Transportation is a study and conference on the subject of What Next. One of our core themes is ‘Getting Transportation Off the Ground’, in which we will examine how quickly personal airborne transportation systems will become viable mass transportation. The futuristic vision of skyscrapers surrounded by airborne transport for mass commuting could be just a few years away, but are the world’s governments and existing transport providers and operators sizing themselves up for the change? Will today’s automotive companies with brands that rank continuously among the world’s leading names be lost in history or will they – as, for example, Mercedes has long stated – be part of the new transport solution?

The Future of Transportation World Conference will bring together world transportation leaders from automotive manufacturers and their suppliers, transportation authorities and city planners, rail and public transportation technology firms and operators, technology and software giants, drone and personal air transportation solution companies, freight and logistics companies, mass-transit solution providers, business consultants, and inventors of new and disruptive global mobility solutions, all with the common goal of devising better solutions for the increasingly demanding challenge of providing safe, efficient, sustainable transportation for the world in 2030 and beyond.

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Venue Information

Venue Address

Conference Centre East
Köln Messe (East Entrance)
Messeplatz 1
50679 Cologne

Venue Website

Opening Times

Tuesday 19 June
08:15hrs - 17:00hrs*

Wednesday 20 June
09:00hrs - 17:00hrs

*networking breakfast from 08:15 - 09:00