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

Revolutionary Ways of Thinking About Transportation

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?

Mobility 4.0 – Panasonic's Silicon Valley perspective

Hakan Kostepen
Executive director - strategy and innovation
The presentation will look into the shifting mobility segment around people, goods/devices, energy and information, and the impact on life. This review will examine all aspects of contextual intelligence, enabling contextual mobility and personalisation from a Silicon Valley perspective.

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

Breanna Faye
Experience design lead and architect
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.

Einride – next-generation road transport

Robert Falck
CEO / founder
Einride is the next generation’s disruptive road transport solution: safe, cost-efficient and emission free. By rethinking the foundation of transport, Einride‘s T-pod is the first transport vehicle designed and developed for self-driving electric propulsion. Einride’s mission is to be a major contributor to a sustainable society by lowering the carbon dioxide emissions of the transport industry.

Panel Discussion

Day 2: Wednesday 20 June

Thoughts For Disruptive Change at Multiple Levels

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.

Transforming the rigid rail into a smart container distribution network

Paul van Bers
BersCo Consultancy
To obtain a significant modal shift from road to rail, it is necessary for rail to offer the same performance trucks. But by its very structure with containers, the train is basically unable to be flexible, customer friendly and fast in its performance. All improvement actions have been equivalent to 'flogging a dead horse'. They have all resulted in a marginal success or no success at all. With the introduction 'smart rail wagons' or rAGVs, we add a new modality that offers the container forwarder performance that is equal to that of trucks, at a more attractive price. This will be presented, including the motivation and business case.

Autonomous driving in the context of the city

Claudius Schaufler
Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering
Nora Fanderl
Senior researcher at the Competence Center
Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering
Fraunhofer IAO is currently conducting a study on the upcoming technology of autonomous cars and analysing the potential effects on the urban realm in terms of availability and quality of space. Interviewing representatives of the leading European car manufacturers, cities and research institutions, this study gives a first insight into the most important agents of change that could lead to a new paradigm of urban movement, freeing up huge amounts of space for alternative uses. Hence, the presentation sets autonomous driving in its spatial context and opens the debate on the variety of use cases autonomous cars could be used for.

The potential of truck platooning to modernise road-based freight transport

Dr Hans Moonen
Management consultant
Truck platooning comprises a number of trucks equipped with state-of-the-art driving support systems. Platoons of trucks, closely following each other while electronically linked, can improve traffic safety, reduce congestion and lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions through the constant speeds. The foreseen large-scale application of truck platooning in the Rotterdam area in the Netherlands (500+ trucks planned for 2020) opens up opportunities for logistical optimisation, such as dramatically improving fill rates and reducing empty mileage, while boosting reliability. This presentation will introduce the topic, and report on the larger potential of platooning to revolutionise road transport.

Impact of new mobility services on airport infrastructure

Tine Haas
Senior transportation engineer
Dornier Consulting International GmbH
Airports face major changes in the coming years, inspired by innovative new approaches to passenger transportation. New business models focusing on networked transport are being developed; these, together with the emergence of self-driving vehicles, will create a widely differentiated range of options for travellers, which in the medium term will make the use of private cars redundant. This talk explores the effects of these developments on the airport infrastructure in the short and medium term and then examines the challenges for airport operators.
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