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?

10:30 - 11:10



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.

12:25 - 13:40



Up in the air!

Daniel Huber
CEO/managing partner
Spirit Design - Innovation and Brand GmbH
By 2030, 70% of the world population will live in urban areas, and more than 40 megacities will have emerged. Therefore, gondolas could become an important factor for city planning. What's more, gondolas offer city planners new cost- and time-efficient ways of developing cities in completely new ways and creating stunning city vistas. But gondolas for use in cities must fulfil different tasks than those required in the leisure industry. For them to be a serious and powerful extension of public transportation, urban infrastructure must be thought of as an integral part of the entire system of urban planning.


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.

14:55 - 15:35



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.


Self-driving open space for completely new custom vehicle design

Tommaso Gecchelin
Founder, inventor and CTO
Next Future Transportation Inc
We propose a commercially viable bridge to full self-driving, because the focus is on the modularity, enabled by automation and the same hardware needed for Level 4 self-driving but safe and useful from day one. We start from the idea that self-driving does not just mean 'get rid of the driver' but rather, collaborative vehicles capable of consolidation and redistribution of passengers and cargo, to cut waiting time, traffic, consumption, and the creation of a platform of rooms on wheels capable of delivering services of any kind in motion, on demand.

Day 2: Wednesday 20 June

Thoughts For Disruptive Change at Multiple Levels


Modern, flexible and custom mobility solutions – that's ioki

Dr Michael Barillère-Scholz
Managing director
Deutsche Bahn Connect GmbH - ioki
Wwe already offer our customers and partners a seamless introduction to the mobility of the future. We are passionately working on demand-responsive transport, mobility analytics and autonomous driving. We are developing an open environment for demand-responsive transport, which is closely integrated into public transport and guarantees seamless customer mobility. From identifying useful regions and areas for operation , through providing the back end to our user-friendly apps, we enable our partners to benefit from modern DRT solutions by seamlessly integrating ioki into existing services. At the same time, we are prepared for the future: autonomous driving is an integral part of our mobility solution and we are constantly upgrading and improving our platform. This is how we make mobility accessible for everyone – anywhere, at any time.


Connecting the dots – design strategies by blending the unexpected

Peter Stulz
Xoio GmbH
Evolution always happens when advancements coincide. These connections are mostly unforeseen. And although our focus is mainly on singular high-tech advancements, the most important contributing factors are often simple and (partially) low-tech in nature. Xoio's mission is to design by crossbreeding high-tech and low-tech fields and giving visual impulses to engineers and companies. Meet the Mobuno Project and take a tour through various design studies for the mobility of tomorrow.


RESOLVE(ing) the urban commute

Alexandre Rossier
Transportation design project leader
Surface commuting is affecting the quality of life in urban Europe. Autonomous vehicles and air taxis are on the horizon, but gridlock demands pragmatic solutions: alternative vehicles that attract commuters and can be in place by 2020 or sooner. RESOLVE is a real urban mobility option. A Horizon 2020 study in electric L-category vehicles, RESOLVE is a lighter, smaller and more environmentally friendly four-wheel vehicle. Designed by Kiska, its innovative architecture creates maximum functionality and minimal footprint. With it, Alexandre illustrates what a driveable and achievable urban future could look like.


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.

10:40 - 11:20



Emerging opportunities in the city of the future

Jeremy White
Transport director
The promise of smart infrastructure and emergent technologies points to nothing less than a complete renaissance about to take place in city living. New mobility concepts and smart technology will bring about greater convenience, comfort and affordability, while dramatically reducing congestion, pollution and many other challenges brought about by ever-accelerating urbanisation. Not only will this dramatically improve daily life for city dwellers, but it will also open the gates for businesses to create new value, capitalising on the millions of reclaimed hours of ‘consumer attention’ while travelling that autonomous technology will bring. What could this mean for industries like entertainment, advertising, education or professional services? How might the interior design of autonomous vehicles enable and enhance these opportunities, opening up additional revenue streams for automotive companies themselves? These topics will be explored, unpacked and illustrated with examples and anecdotes to demonstrate how human-centred design, innovation and visionary thinking can allow businesses of all types to think further ahead and ambitiously define new opportunities for themselves.


Returning to the neglected waterways to transform urban mobility

Marc Müller
Head of development
Congestion and pollution are threatening urban people’s freedom of mobility. Even if all cars were electric, we would still be stuck in a huge traffic jam. Today, the 30 biggest cities in the world are paying €266bn for their yearly congestion problems. SeaBubbles offers a solution by bringing urban transport back to where it came from: the waterways. With its fully electric and autonomous boats, it has the potential to drastically transform surface congestion.

12:10 - 13:50



Intelligent inland navigation

Ann-Sofie Pauwelyn
Smart shipping project leader
De Vlaamse Waterweg NV
River information services (RIS) are modern traffic management systems enhancing swift electronic data transfer between water and shore through in-advance and real-time exchange of information. They comprise a package of various services designed to optimise the traffic and transport process. This includes improving safety and increasing efficiency. RIS also enable better transport management, by exchanging transport and logistics data. This presentation gives an overview of how intelligent inland navigation can further strengthen the competitive position of inland navigation and support the modal shift from road to inland waterways for passenger and logistical transport.


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.

14:40 - 15:20



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.


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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