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Over the next 10-20 years it is expected that more than 60% of the global population will live in cities. Improving mobility, reducing congestion and cutting pollution present some of the biggest challenges for city administrators. Emerging technology, new urban mobility concepts and smarter infrastructure will help to tackle these challenges, thereby improving daily life for citizens and creating new business opportunities.

New technology such as autonomous and self-driving vehicles, artificial intelligence and connected services will create new forms of personal mobility, ride-sharing platforms, public transport solutions and completely new urban mobility concepts such as urban air transport solutions. How will these new and existing mobility models integrate into cities of the future, and how will city administrators work with mobility providers, technology companies and public transportation operators to integrate their services into the existing infrastructure?

IoT, big data, highly connected vehicles and infrastructure, blockchain technology and EVs are all set to have a huge impact on the movement of people and goods, traffic management, pollution and CO2 levels. They will also enhance innovation and create new business opportunities for existing companies and new start-up app developers in smart cities of the future.

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Conference Programme

Day 1: Tuesday 19 June

Mobility in Cities of The Future


Key changes in the automotive ecosystem: urbanisation, digitisation, sustainability – what’s in it for me?

Jörg Astalosch
The automotive world is standing on the edge of three big revolutions: urbanisation: less ownership, more shared economy; digitisation: less self-driving, more machine-piloted objects; sustainability: fewer combustion engines and more locally zero-emission engines. All this around a more human-focused approach, less cookie-cutter mentality. But where do we think this will lead us as an industry for our customers, and what could happen next?


A new era of smart cities

Valerie von der Tann
Engagement manager
McKinsey & Company Inc
After a wave of criticism following the initial hype around smart cities in 2008-12, the concept of the smart city is having a comeback right now. In fact, we're finding ourselves at the beginning of a new era of smart cities, an era that will be different in major ways and finally has the chance to realise the potential that technology has to improve cities. As part of a new global study on smart cities for the McKinsey Global Institute, we have measured the impact of smart city applications and found that cumulatively, they can improve key dimensions of citizen quality of life, e.g. health, safety, environmental quality, by a substantial amount with minimum capex required. However, there are substantial differences in the ways in which smart city applications should be prioritised – what works in one city might not work in another.


How blended mobility technologies are revolutionising urban transportation

Dr John Michel
Managing director, executive director, chairman
Switch Mobility, Skyworks Global, DemandTrans
Urban transportation is undergoing an unprecedented transformation fuelled by the convergence of mass urbanisation, changing sociological dynamics and new 'smart' technologies. Today, the elegant fusion of on-demand transportation options, urban VTOL air taxi proliferation, and real-time micro-transit options is enabling the creation of a personalised, seamless door-to-door trip chain that provides consumers with an unprecedented level of economic freedom of movement and promises to reshape the entire economics of mobility as we currently know it. Learn the five ways urban consumers will benefit from this transformation that promises to create over US$1.5tn in new value for society by 2030.

10:30 - 11:10



Towards seamless integrated mobility in smart cities

Andrey Berdichevskiy
Director, global lead automotive mobility solutions
Deloitte Consulting
The emergence of a new mobility ecosystem could offer faster, cheaper, cleaner, safer, more accessible and customised experiences for consumers travelling within or between cities. However, the benefits of the future of mobility model are far greater than enhanced transportation. City infrastructure and people’s lives will also be revolutionised by greater connectivity and convenience achieved. The session explores the evolution of smart cities with examples from the fast-growing programme in China, plus the possibility of and priorities for integrated mobility solutions.


Technology push versus human demand – driving and being driven

Prof Jelte Bos
The development of transportation is largely driven by technological and economic challenges. Apart from what people intrinsically want, these developments (automated vehicles, hyperloops) also pose certain challenges to human safety, health and comfort, which issues may be pivotal to successful acceptance by the general public. In that respect it should be reckoned that human and technological evolution do not keep up. We may, for example, have realised a hundredfold increase in pace of self-motion over the past 100 years, that of our hearts has remained the same. Are we still putting the cart before the horse?


Mobility in the city of tomorrow

Paulo Humanes
Head of strategic business development
PTV Group
The presentation focuses on the impacts that mobility will have on the city of tomorrow based on the ITF 'Lisbon study', and how these will have a profound impact in the same way that the motorcar did in the early 1900s.

12:25 - 13:40



The time has come to consider urban mobility as a truly integrating intelligent mobility in cities across all transport platforms and between different stakeholders

Alexander Lewald
Chief technical officer
Kapsch TrafficCom AG
In the past decades, mobility, mainly in urban areas, followed a linear development trend to 'go faster, go further, go longer'. Stepping into the digitisation era, urban mobility has the potential to become holistic and multi-modal. To face traditional transportation means and tackle mobility access issues, alternative ways of moving have emerged, transforming them into innovative concepts, such as ride hailing, bike sharing, carpooling and parking guidance. Connectivity and data availability are breaking the limits, barriers and silos and creating new business models, services and means of putting these into place.


Airport autonomy: future-proofing for turbulent technological, regulatory and market skies

Derrick Choi
Principal & Founder
XChange Architects
Airports have long been at the forefront of industrial-orientated autonomy, with simple closed-loop robotic applications for everything from parking shuttle services to airport people movers and baggage handling systems. But as the future of autonomous transport and mobility solutions pushes further ahead – beyond the boundaries of the airport – questions immediately emerge that cast doubt on the airport’s preparedness for the dynamic conditions and indeterminacies of everything from handling human-centric factors and customer service challenges, to the retrofitting of traditional facilities to handle the potential increase in driverless vehicles from the kerb to the tarmac. Through various case studies, the audience will explore how tomorrow’s airport system is learning to leverage the potential of proven closed-loop autonomy in an uncertain market, and the regulatory skies ahead.


The future of cities and urban mobility

Josef Hargrave
Associate director - global foresight manager
The future of transport is fundamentally shaped by the future of cities. Trends such as population growth, ageing, liveable cities, infrastructure resilience, and changes in land use patterns are all reshaping how people and goods move across the urban environment. This talk will explore some of the key trends shaping the future of cities, highlight global benchmarks, and explore implications for the future of mobility in terms of technologies, system design, experience and urban integration.

14:55 - 15:35



Meeting London's transport challenge

Steve Kearns
Stakeholder manager
Transport for London
Long-term planning: adoption of the Mayor's transport strategy; need to change the way people travel; healthy streets approach; modal target of 80% of trips by sustainable mode by 2041; a good public transport experience; need to accommodate new homes and jobs; new technology has the potential to shape the vision. Short-term action: Mayor's Clean Air Action Plan; emissions surcharge; changes to Congestion Charging scheme; emerging proposals for Ultra Low Emission Zone; role of zero- and low-emission vehicles; public transport, cycling and walking upgrades.


Smart urban mobility: challenges and chances for public transport

Dr Rainer Schwarzmann
Managing director
TransportTechnologie-Consult Karlsruhe (TTK)
If new technology will create new solutions for urban mobility, we must ask what role 'conventional' public transport will play in a smart and digitised environment. This presentation will make an attempt to identify the challenges on the one hand, and the chances on the other, as it is likely that new technology alone will not solve the fundamental problems such as a lack of space for parking and infrastructure for driving. It will discuss if public transport is still the major way forward and aim to identify possible adaptations in public transport solutions.

16:25 - 17:00

Panel Discussion

What are the biggest mobility challenges facing cities of the future and what impact will new technology have? How can cities work together with mobility providers in working towards a seamless integrated transportation network that will benefit on both a societal and economic level.
Jörg Astalosch
Prof Jelte Bos
Thomas Schmidt
Executive director
TomTom Telematics
Adela Spulber
Transportation systems analyst
Center for Automotive Research

Day 2: Wednesday 20 June

Smart Cities & The Global Mobility Challenge


Flow as driver form – smart emerging station types

Anouk Kuitenbrouwer
Architect and urban planner
KCAP Architects & Planners
The design opportunity for stations is their increased integration in the flow and the activity of the city and to connect neighbourhoods through the station. These heavy infrastructures need to become permeable for the city. A key aspect for the transition between city and station is the creation of high-quality public space that provides a high stay quality. The pedestrian flow is a mould for both the build space and the open space. For a series of station areas we have designed the interface between the station and the urban environment to accommodate upcoming transformations.


Seamless, self-assembling transit: redesigning mobility

Sigma Dolins
Senior researcher
Rise Viktoria
Dr Arwed Schmidt
Senior researcher
Rise Viktoria
Forget first- and last-mile solutions. We reimagine transportation as a system, from how we plan our journeys, to how the data cloud and retailers can help us organise our trips, to what kind of comfort and services we expect from public transport, and how autonomous vehicles can unlock potential for new uses of space. We will present the 'self-assembling transit' concept: using a variety of vehicle types in autonomous deployment for daily trips, using the cloud to more effectively manage the flow of services and goals, and how diversified vehicle types will create personalised mobility.


Smartness of urban mobility and quality of life in Vienna

Hermann Knoflacher
University professor
Vienna University of Technology
Eight years ago, the city of Vienna was ranked first in the Mercer Quality of Living Survey. It has held this top position ever since. The roots of this position in the global competition are much older than the history of Mercer studies. The concept of 'smartness' is based on expectation. 'Quality of life' is based on experience. The learning process between expectation and experience in Vienna was accompanied by scientific analyses over many decades. The paper will give a comprehensive insight into the content of the studies of the processes based on the experience and data.


E-fast park Murcia

Jaime Ruiz Huescar
E-mobility manager of Murcia city (Spain)
Ayuntamiento de Murcia
This presentation will outline an innovative project that aims to foster e-mobility in Murcia by offering 60 reserved car parking spaces (5m x 2,2m dimension) for EVs in the most valued spots of the city (as a result of a car park distribution study) and managing the parking in these spots through an APP that uses a powerful new sign recognition technology that is much faster than QR codes. This APP enables e-vehicle drivers to check which places are available, allows them to reserve places and provides useful information to us in order to monitor occupancy and demand.

10:40 - 11:20



Global urban mobility management – the role of the private sector

Rafael Moreno Cela
O&M manager
OHL Concesiones
The presentation will discuss urban mobility experiences driven by technological development, the important changes aimed at discouraging the use of private vehicles, and the integration of various modes of transport. We will analyse the role of the private sector along with possible business models for this new environment.


Achieving commercial success in new mobility

Ashish Khanna
Partner and co-lead of L.E.K.'s global new mobility practice
L.E.K. Consulting
Consumer mobility is undergoing a seismic shift along three key dimensions: sharing, electrification and autonomy. New mobility entrants are disrupting decades-old car ownership patterns in developed nations and leapfrogging ownership altogether in developing nations. There is no doubt that the commercial prize is huge and market participants have a strategic imperative to get it right. However, nascent technology, the regulatory environment and consumer demand present many challenges for innovators and investors. L.E.K. shines a light on six key areas players need to focus on in order to crack the new mobility world and maximise their chances of commercial success.


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.

12:35 - 13:50



Case study: developing the next generation of CAVs

Raphael Ani
Head of intelligent mobility at Wayra
In 2017, Wayra, in partnership with Transport Systems Catapult, launched the Intelligent Mobility (IM) Accelerator programme, designed to attract disruptive startups with high growth potential into the UK transport industry, while helping them grow into world-leading companies. The programme focuses on intelligent mobility, including areas such as connected and autonomous vehicles, connected infrastructure, customer experience, and transport data and analysis. Its goal is to develop companies that will create solutions for the most pressing transport problems facing the world today, improving day-to-day life for millions of travellers while creating new UK-based industry leaders in a £900bn global transport systems market.


Parking cars autonomously with machine/deep learning

Dr Brian Holt
Head of autonomous driving
The size and diversity of the data available today allows researchers to build models to not only accurately find parking and then predict space availability but also to start enabling fully autonomous parking. Learn how machine learning and deep learning can be used extensively for everything from ingesting and processing billions of data points per day, to reading parking signs, to enabling autonomous parking: (1) Accurate global static data (satellite imagery/street imagery); (2) Real-time and predictive space availability information (ingestion/pre-processing /USS/FCD/transaction data/ on/off-street RT sensors); (3) Ability to pay for/reserve a parking space; (4) Indoor mapping and navigation.

14:40 - 15:20



Why smart cities should start with smart public transit

Dennis Mica
Business development manager
This presentation will give an overview of the state of current self-driving technology, its challenges and the experience of 2getthere. It will also explain what the impact will be. If a city or region truly wants to benefit from self-driving technology, it should aim for smart public transport first. Self-driving sustainable public transit is ready to be implemented today and truly reduces the number of vehicle movements and parking needs, offering an alternative to the private (self-driving) car. In addition, it is important to keep the (dis)advantages of mixing with all other traffic in mind due to the effect on transportation value.


The challenges of sustainable public transportation systems in the Arabian Gulf

Dr Elnazir Ramadan
Assistant professor
Sultan Qaboos University
The Arabian Gulf cities are growing. The Gulf Council Cooperation Countries (GCC) are among the richest and most urbanised in the world. As a major focus on sustainable cities, sustainable transportation attempts to reduce city energy consumption by providing a public transport system that has greater environmental responsibility and social equity. The importance of the study is to highlight the challenges of the public transport sector in the city of Muscat. The study findings revealed that public transport systems face real challenges in Muscat and in the Gulf in general. Moreover, there are also cultural and social issues that hinder progress.
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