19 - 20 June 2018
Köln Messe, Cologne, Germany

All Streams are across 2 days

Leading transportation designers and visionaries will examine some remarkably simple changes that would radically transform surface congestion. We will also examine and illustrate macro shifts that would make further significant changes to the overall sustainability and manageability of surface transport. How big will the impact of autonomous vehicles and MaaS be on congestion in megacities? Should ‘cars’ as we know them today be banned from city centres? What other radical low-technology ideas can we introduce to ensure cities of the future avoid total gridlock?

Completely new ideas such as hyperloops and underground tunnels, maglevs, and even buses and other public transportation that sits above traffic have recently been shown as concepts. We will explore these radical concepts from around the world with leading experts giving their views on which new modes of transportation will make it from concept to reality.

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Conference Programme

Day 1: Tuesday 19 June

Meeting Room North - Level 4 Revolutionary Ways of Thinking About Transportation


Pawel Radziszewski
Hyper Poland


Towards one integrated transport system

Lars Hesselgren
Director research
PLP Architecture
Every radical rethink of systems is based on new technologies. The next revolution will come when everything around us becomes intelligent – the Internet of Things (IoT). Sustainability will push us towards a new energy revolution – and it will be based on electricity. The opportunity with autonomous electric vehicles (AEVs) is enormous, redefining our concepts into systems fit for the 21st century. Our expectation is that a transport system based on two principles – on-demand (OD) transport and point-to-point transport (PoP) – will define this new era. Cars will morph into digital trains and this will change all urban concepts.


Designing and building the future of transportation

Paul Direktor
Head of business
WARR Hyperloop
Preparing a future for transportation in a transforming world requires us to break frontiers and find new solutions. The students of today must have the drive and enthusiasm to create this future. A group of students at the Technical University of Munich, including the speaker, formed an engineering team and entered SpaceX's Hyperloop competition, setting a new speed record for Hyperloop trains. Their incredible performance won them first place at the competition and the attention of Elon Musk. As they are hoping to beat their own record, they are developing a new prototype for the next competition.


Maglev transport: a paradigm shift initiated by Asia?

Johannes Klühspies
The International Maglev Board
Today, the international railway industry is focused on traditional business models that profit from friction, wear and tear of steel-wheel systems. But Maglev systems have begun to challenge those traditional business concepts. Maglev is a fundamentally different concept of transport, which might explain the reluctance, even ignorance, that Maglev systems continue to face. But Japan already leapfrogs and will complete a €50bn high-speed Maglev line between Tokyo and Nagoya by the year 2025. China and South Korea are boosting urban Maglevs. Russia is investing in cargo Maglevs. Some entrepreneurs even call for ‘hyperloops’. When will 'The West' find its role?

10:40 - 11:20



The next generation of last-mile shared e-mobility

Daniel Rosa
Vice president Asia
Too long to walk, too short to drive? Floatility is solving the global smart city problem of last-mile transportation with a proprietary new approach to smart zero-emission urban mobility with a fully managed light-electric-vehicle-sharing fleet-management system. In future, autonomous driving will enhance the redistribution and service level of the so-called e-floater.


Revolutionising the future of transport at the speed of sound

Tim Houter
CEO and co-founder
Hardt Hyperloop
Hear from the winners of Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Pod Competition to develop a super-fast hyperloop transport technology. Compare the benefits of this transportation system of the future with other clean transport options. Understand the timeline of the development and implementation, safety aspects and potential of this concept. Learn about the impact of the hyperloop on our daily lives. Indulge yourself with this motivating and inspiring story of a team changing the future of transportation.


Decentralising high technology, starting with the hyperloop

Peter Gschladt
Engineer and technical project manager
rLoop is a crowdsourced organisation utilising blockchain technology as a foundation on which to build smart, mobility-focused advanced engineering solutions and decentralise high technology, starting with the hyperloop. The hyperloop is a mode of transportation that will change the way people work, live and travel, giving them the ability to travel greater distances and on demand with unprecedented frequency and capacity than ever before. With a community of over 1,200, rLoop has built the first hyperloop pod capable of supporting complete levitation inside and outside a partial vacuum tube. Key topics: multi-modal transit, data-driven metrics, IoT integration, weather-immune infrastructure, blockchain-enabled hardware, on-demand.

12:35 - 13:50



Daniel Rosa
Vice president Asia


Working together towards the future of urban mobility

Dr Mike Galvin
Flit Technologies
Cities are increasingly congested and polluted by cars, both privately owned and from the new crop of on-demand car services. To find better solutions there’s a need for all the actors in the mobility space to look at ways to work together instead of just competing. We believe that by working with city regulators, current mass transit and car operators, we can ultimately come up with better solutions by connecting and leveraging the strengths of all the different actors. At Flit Technologies we're building a state-of-the-art mobility ecosystem consisting of a global transparent marketplace for ground transport with a complementary suite of technologies and products. With this ecosystem, companies in urban mobility are enabled to build and operate extraordinary mobility services to transport people and deliveries. Flit Technologies is backed by RCI Bank and Services, the financial services provider for Groupe Renault brands worldwide and for Nissan Group brands in Europe. It has 100 employees in its London, Paris and New York City offices, and its mission is to make mobility better and more sustainable for everyone. Flit Technologies mobility exchange operates under the brand Karhoo.


Creating smart cities through electric free-float carsharing

Anders Wall
International director
GreenMobility is a free-float car-sharing scheme operating 400 shared electric city cars in Copenhagen. It aims to provide a sharing economy solution for urbanites by offering easy access to mobility without the hassle of ownership. GreenMobility has encompassed three global megatrends in its core concept: urbanisation, sharing economy and sustainability. By offering electric-powered city cars, charged with renewable energy, the concept provides an answer to some of the challenges cities are facing today. Through an app, the customer can sign up for free and access the fleet of cars. In short, this is the future of urban mobility.


Kicking cars out of city centres – then what?

Wouter Haspeslagh
Urbanist and mobility researcher
In search of more liveability, many cities are restricting car usage in their centres. We certainly need places to breathe, to dwell, to live and to move as human beings. However, a place without a car is not essentially a better place; it only carries the potential of being one. The key is to not only focus on new vehicles or their surroundings, but on their mutual coexistence. Granstudio's newly developed mobility concept addresses exactly this approach.

15:05 - 15:45



The key for a connected world: scalable hyperloop technologies

David Pistoni
Co-founder and CEO
Zeleros Hyperloop
Zeleros is a Spanish company developing a hyperloop-inspired transport system to move passengers and cargo at 1,000km/h, minimising infrastructure and operation costs. Zeleros was founded by the team leads of Hyperloop UPV, a university team from Valencia, and was awarded Top Design Concept and Best Propulsion Subsystem at Elon Musk's SpaceX Hyperloop Competition. Since then, the team have worked with leading companies such as Altran and research institutes such as IMDEA Nanoscience to combine the best from the aerospace and railway industries to make their concept a reality.


How to apply the international trends of hybridisation of places and usages to mobility projects – a designer’s point of view

Jean-Philippe Cordina
Executive creative director
Saguez & Partners
The future of transportation lies in the hybridisation of places and usages, a trend that continues to be confirmed. Today people work in cafes, play sports at work, prefer the authenticity of homes to the comfort of hotels. Tomorrow they will have abandoned shops as we know them, will interact daily with artificial intelligence and will create new activities to keep busy while autonomous cars drive them around. Design observes people because people are the future. As a designer, Jean-Philippe will share his point of view on the hybridisation of usages and talk about how mobility drives and creates new life spaces.
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