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Big data – small emissions?

Can data contribute to making mobility even more sustainable and attaining the goal of creating a city entirely free of emissions? At the Open Source Lab in Berlin, a platform for open discussions, experts developed their vision of data-driven urban mobility.

In the photograph: Speech of the Open Data Institute following the roundtable with national and international experts: At the Open Source Lab in Berlin the British researchers reported on the challenges of collecting and compiling data in a meaningful way.

“The discussions about using open data on the way to achieving a zero-emission city were particularly insightful, all of the participants learned a lot from each other. Everyone listened to and thought about one another’s arguments. Ultimately, everyone stands to benefit from this additional knowledge, because the data can help us promote sustainable mobility.”

Michael Sommer
Volkswagen Sustainability Council


“The discussion surrounding data is becoming more complex: First of all, we need a common language, which will allow us to arrange fundamental digital phenomena in an interdisciplinary and collaborative manner. This applies to people and data, for which we still need to work on the standards. Then artificial intelligence can also help us to predict mobility requirements and move closer to achieving the goal of having a city free of emissions.”

Susanne Ritzmann
Head of Research Open Source Lab

 “There are many different perspectives on data and the use of data for the goal of a zero-emission city. It will require a lot of collective thinking to govern the use of this data and to develop standards for the public good.”

Svea Heinemann
Climate KIC

“What I learned during the discussion in the Open Source Lab was about the range of how to collect data by different actors, transport authorities and services as well as individuals. We need to help them make decisions that reduce emissions.”

Peter Wells
Head of Policy at the Open Data Institute

“I realized that people are becoming increasingly suspicious of sharing their private data. I like the idea of sharing it with a trusted organization, so that it is transparent and used for the public good. Open data is essential to optimize transport systems, so people can travel easily and enjoyably without having to use or own a private car.”

Beate Kubitz
TravelSpirit Foundation

  • What is the Group Sustainability Council?

    For assistance on strategic topics of sustainability and social responsibility, the Volkswagen Group appointed an international Sustainability Council in September 2016. The renowned experts from business, politics, science and society advise the company on the topics of sustainable mobility and environmental protection, social responsibility and integrity as well as the future of work and digitization. They act independently, are not bound by instructions and have extensive rights of information, consultation and initiative. The Council meets regularly with the Group Management Board as well as the employee representatives and also exchanges views with the Monitor team. The Council advises the company and makes recommendations as to what steps it considers necessary to become a world-leading provider of sustainable mobility.

  • Open Source Lab for Sustainable Mobility

    What innovative ideas are there for sustainable mobility of the future? The Open Source Lab provides a platform for an innovative stakeholder dialogue about sustainable mobility solutions for the future. The project aims to explore innovative scenarios in the interface of open source and mobility and to discuss possible approaches with experts from a wide variety of disciplines and sectors. What if ... the citizens themselves took control and traffic was controlled solely by their needs and based on publicly available real-time data? The executing project partner is the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). More about the project in their blog at: https://opensourcelab.dfki.de/

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