In this stream, we will examine and illustrate macro adjustments that would make significant changes to the overall sustainability and manageability of surface transport. For instance, should we be controlling vehicle size, occupancy levels and emissions to access cities? Is there a model for timed and tolled road usage? Would restricting trucks and oversized vehicles from daytime or rush hour use reduce congestion, speed traffic flow and reduce fatalities? Or could we simply employ the Swedish ‘Vision Zero’ mentality to improve road safety?
New technology, such as hyperloops and underground tunnels, maglevs, and even buses and other public transportation forms that sit ‘above traffic’, have recently been shown as radical solutions.
Speakers from leading transportation solution providers and mobility thought leaders will be joined by hyperloop and city design professionals to examine changes that could radically transform surface congestion.
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
Synopsis: As the number of public transport users increases, the risk of overcrowding is becoming a major challenge that needs to be addressed. Big crowds must be managed in infrastructures with limited space within a very short time. The application of pedestrian simulations in virtual environments provides analysis and optimization of pedestrian flows and thus minimizes risks and increases efficiency. The session will highlight the possibilities of pedestrian simulation tools from small-scale measures to considerable actions. Successful projects with applications in public transport, major events, city districts and tourist hot spots will demonstrate the benefits and positive impact of pedestrian simulation tools.
senior director of research, automotive and smart mobility
Synopsis: Climate change and congestion can no longer be addressed only through advanced transportation and infrastructure technologies. The current situation requires a greater sense of urgency: we must rethink how society uses mobility. Technology can greatly reduce the need for commuting in cities. Many tasks that today involve traveling – for professional or personal purposes – can tomorrow be conducted remotely. Innovation can improve efficiency for all means of transportation, in terms of capacity utilization, routing and frequency. This presentation will show how small investments can deliver substantial improvements in traffic and air quality around our urban centers.
advisor to DG
General Civil Aviation Authority
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Synopsis: The UAE is a leading country in the implementation of new technologies in the field of transportation. The recent announcements of the hyperloop implementation and Dubai UAV AirTaxi have created some challenges for the government to reshape its governance framework to foster these technologies. The presentation will shed some light on these challenges and future opportunities in the UAE transportation system.
department manager - vehicle concepts
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Synopsis: The presentation will discuss improved transport mobility with less traffic through integrated, seamless door-to-door logistics, achieved via new high-speed modular cargo trains and modular autonomous road vehicles. Both transport modes are connected via a new type of logistics terminal, which loads and unloads a complete train within three minutes. A central feature of the road vehicle is a standardized autonomous electric drive board with integrated lifting device for holding various cargo containers. Central features of the double-deck train are individually driven cars (400km/h) with automatic loading. The intermodal terminal minimizes the throughput time of the various goods.
vice president, innovation
Synopsis: Crowdsourcing services like Uber make it possible to find transportation through private rides, bikes or scooters within minutes. This session will cover the future and adoption of micromobility, and how it will replace the larger shared mobility market. Attendees will learn more about the devices and technology that will enable organizations to innovate in compliance with regulations for the safety of drivers, passengers and pedestrians.
Synopsis: Hyperloop technology has the potential to revolutionize travel. It promises massively reduced journey times, lower capital costs and better energy efficiency. It is also expected to bring significant agglomeration benefits – claims that, coupled with the ability to 'virtualize' existing transport hubs, have caught the imagination of the market. Considerable work is underway to make hyperloop technology a reality, but what role will it play in future transport provision? L.E.K. Consulting examines the challenges aspiring hyperloop operators and investors must deal with before the technology can become a reality: overcoming technology barriers; pricing, public subsidy and commercial feasibility; and timing of rollout.
director of research
Synopsis: PLPLabs and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden have launched a research report unveiling a new transport concept called NuMo – New Urban Mobility. It is a pioneering mobility solution that combines automated electric vehicles (AEVs) with mass transit, and utilizes dedicated street networks and control systems that integrate with existing infrastructure for a smooth transition to a fully automated transport system. Despite investment in road infrastructure, the current traffic systems in cities face significant challenges. NuMo has been developed as a direct response to the current pressures of urban mobility, including congestion, poor air quality, decreasing travel speeds, road accidents and mixed modes.
Synopsis: The concept of new mobility stems from the new way of looking at the basic human need to move from place to place, intrinsically linked with an unprecedented level of information provided to people in the age of the current digital revolution. New mobility consists of three analytical pillars: real-time traffic modeling including air quality and congestion management segments, MaaS and algorithms for shared and autonomous driving. Only through advanced modeling, simulation and real-time operational solutions is it possible to evaluate the impact (social, financial and technological) of the change we are facing. The session will present global experiences and modeling case studies, which provide an insight into how we can be ready to adopt the global change for mobility in the city of tomorrow.
Synopsis: Parking is an important infrastructure location for ground-based transportation. However, the urban parking business has come under pressure in recent years, not only because digital and technological innovations have arisen, but also because market requirements for things like EVs, AVs and TNCs are changing dramatically. This presentation will address the main forces of both, illustrating what urban parking looks like today and explaining how disruptive trends like digitization, data and new modes of surface transportation will shape the future of urban parking.
transport innovation policy manager
TfL - Transport for London
Synopsis: New mobility services, if well managed, could play an important role in urban mobility. London’s ambitious target for 80% of journeys to be made by public transport, cycling or walking by 2041 makes it even more necessary to embrace innovative solutions that offer answers to key transport challenges. This presentation will provide some practical examples of how policymaking, trials and new ways of procuring can support disruptive innovation.