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Seven hypotheses on urban mobility of the future

Seven hypotheses on urban mobility of the future

The Platform for Urban Mobility (PUM) as a cooperation of German cities and the automotive industry works together on concepts for environmentally friendly, efficient and safe mobility and logistics. It has compiled the most important requirements for a new mobility in a research paper.

The Platform for Urban Mobility (PUM) assumes that all modes of transport have their justification in different applications and can complement each other meaningfully. Easy access to an affordable and user-friendly mobility portfolio is essential.

In order to advance the market ramp-up of low-emission and space-saving mobility concepts, the following aspects are important from the PUM’s point of view:

  1. Use of space

    Motorized traffic in the urban area should take up less space in the future: Space efficiency in combination with user preferences must be the decisive quality criteria.

  2. Electromobility

    Electrified propulsion systems are fundamental to the reduction of CO₂ emissions from transport, especially in view of the European Green Deal – provided that renewable energies are used efficiently. A rapid market ramp-up of e-mobility now requires the rapid and demand-oriented development and expansion of a powerful and user-friendly charging infrastructure for battery electric vehicles. This also requires incentives for both the public and private sectors. This is the only way to achieve the National Platform for the Future of Mobility’s goal of a between 7 to 10.5 million electric vehicle-in-use population (parc) by 2030.

  3. New mobility concepts

    In order to convince road users to take advantage of alternative mobility offers and to generate relief effects, a broader range of mobility offers must be able to establish itself, and framework conditions must be adapted to this. In order to establish new mobility concepts such as ride-pooling on a permanent basis, which can relieve urban traffic, the Passenger Transport Act must be reformed urgently.

  4. Strategic traffic control

    In order to achieve improved traffic flow, higher safety and reduced space requirements for all modes of transport, the digitalization of urban infrastructure is necessary. The necessary expansion of the infrastructure for data collection and exchange and the renewal of traffic management systems require high financial investments and cannot be financed by the municipalities alone. The federal government should provide greater financial support here.

  5. Automated and networked driving

    For the use of automated vehicles in real-world road traffic, a clear and binding legal framework is now needed that takes into account as many technological concepts as possible.

  6. Urban logistics

    By 2030, urban commercial transport is to be increasingly emission-free, safe and with local noise-reduction. To this end, binding framework conditions must be developed, and user benefits created for the use of low-emission delivery vehicles.

  7. Corporate mobility management

    To convince employers and employees to use and promote sustainable alternatives in commuter traffic, cities and industry must work together to create alternative solutions. By removing regulatory barriers to cross-company local consortia and organizational structures, synergy potentials between public transport and company-owned services can be better exploited.

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