Particularly younger Germans are extremely open minded towards new mobility concepts and innovations: According to a current survey conducted by the Forsa Institut2 on behalf of the “Deutschland – Land der Ideen” (“Germany – Land of Ideas”) initiative, 65 percent of the 18 to 29 year olds interviewed would use flying taxis and unmanned drones for short distances; 60 percent would like to use autonomous vehicles as a source of transport. Among all age groups, a total of 41 percent of those surveyed in each group expressed an interest in using flying taxis or autonomous vehicles.
Another one of the survey’s striking signals: Personal cars still represent an inextricable part of daily life for a significant majority of those surveyed. While 62 percent referred to a personal vehicle as indispensable; approximately one third of those questioned would forgo possession of a personal car and instead opt to use car-sharing services.
Just under three quarters use smart phones for navigational purposes.
There is as strong consensus regarding the topic of expanding of traffic infrastructures such as roads, bicycle and pedestrian paths: More than three quarters of those questioned are in favor of such measures. Germans expressed the particularly urgent desire for the expansion of bicycle paths (84 percent) and pedestrian paths (81 percent).
There is also great approval for using digital means of communication to make life even easier while out and about – even among older respondents. In total, just under three quarters of Germans (71 percent) use a smart phone for personal navigational purposes; while the figure is 59 percent for those over the age of 60. More than half of the 18 to 29 year olds often purchase tickets digitally, as do even 36 percent of Germans who are older than 60 years of age.
The results of the survey will be published within the scope of the Deutscher Mobilitätspreis (German Mobility Prize), with which the “Deutschland – Land der Ideen” initiative and the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) intend to promote the level of public awareness for digital innovations that focus on advancing intelligent mobility. This year, prizes are being awarded for digital solutions aimed at increasing the overall level of sustainability for transport and logistics. The ten award recipients will be announced at the beginning of August 2018.
Click here for more information about Pop.Up Next3, the spectacular “driving air taxi” from the Volkswagen Group:
1, 3 The concept car is not for sale and is not subject to the directive 1999/94/EC as a result.
2 Representative survey from forsa Politik- und Sozialforschung GmbH in May 2018 with 1,010 German citizens 18 years of age and older