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Future of Transportation World Conference: 2020-2030 and Beyond

July 5, 2017 @ 8:00 am - July 6, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

With the current focus on electric vehicles, autonomously assisted vehicles and eventually self-driving vehicles, it would be easy to lose sight of the bigger picture for transportation. Much of what we rely on today was invented 100 years ago. Indeed, remarkably, the first passenger fare-paying railway started in 1807, albeit horse drawn, and the first steam engine locomotive line is generally accepted to have opened in 1860. So we could say that what we have today is both new and fabulously antiquated in terms of its origin.

The Future of Transportation is a study and conference on the subject of What Next. One of our core themes is ‘Getting Transport Off the Ground’, where we will examine how quickly personal airborne transportation systems will become viable mass transportation. The futuristic vision of skyscrapers surrounded by airborne transport for mass commuting could be just a few years away, but are the world’s governments and existing transport providers and operators sizing themselves up for the change? Will today’s automotive companies with brands that rank continuously among the world’s leading names be lost in history or will they – as, for example, Mercedes has long stated – be part of the new transport solution?

The Future of Transportation World Conference will bring together world transportation leaders from automotive manufacturers and their suppliers, transportation authorities and city planners, rail and public transportation technology firms and operators, technology and software giants, drone and personal air transportation solution companies, freight and logistics companies, mass-transit solution providers, business consultants, inventors of new and disruptive global mobility solutions, all with the common goal of devising better solutions for the increasingly demanding challenge of providing safe, efficient, sustainable transportation for the world in 2030 and beyond.

Stream 1: Getting Transportation off the Ground

How PATS (personal airborne transportation systems) will shake up personal transportation before 2030. Many companies are significantly advanced in the development of personal airborne transportation systems. In this stream, which will run over two days, we will review where those companies are in their development cycles, taking their overall visions and technologies into account. We will also look at the enabling technologies, the development of high-fidelity urban airspace mapping and how air traffic control will interface with low-level urban and inter-city ‘flyers’.

Stream 2: Legal and Technical Issues of Autonomous Vehicles

Successful implementation of autonomous vehicles has many hazards and hurdles to overcome. If implementation is managed carefully by car and systems manufacturers, and a legal framework for progressive utilisation and full uptake is realistically guided, autonomous vehicles have the potential to revolutionise personal surface transportation. This two-day session will look at the development of realistic and viable legal frameworks and the issues of over-rapid implementation. Aspects covered will include ‘driver’ training and system safeguards in highly populated urban and inter-urban highways, as well as the potential for cyber-interference.

Stream 3: The Challenge for Rail

Is there a role for this form of transport? Rail interfaces very badly with roads, and there would be major advantages in stripping out the rail and underground networks and replacing them with high-speed, high-density autonomous vehicle networks that would transition seamlessly into the existing road infrastructure. So the question here is whether there is a future for rail in a modern transportation environment. Rail and mass-transit operators will present their visions of the future.

Stream 4: Vision Zero

Can there really be scope to create a zero-fatality transport environment? The building blocks are apparent already, but is the zero vision a reality on the surface and in the air? And if not, what can we expect to see in terms of better life-saving systems and methods? Drones are already being developed to deliver essential equipment to paramedics, so it may be that Vision Zero is achieved through a combination of inputs and developments.

Stream 5: Quantum Shifts

We 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.

Stream 6: Environmental Sustainability

Major changes are being created by the growing popularity and viability of electric vehicles. We will review the 2030 vision of next-generation vehicles for passengers and freight, and examine the effect of the demise of the internal combustion engine on vehicle manufacturers and the highway infrastructure, including ‘filling stations’ of the future.

Stream 7: Changing Landscape for Car Manufacturers

Vehicle manufacturers will see big changes including the probable effects of reductions in vehicle ownership, new ways of selling vehicles to a different ownership profile and challenges from PATS. There will be winners here, who will see their role as personal transport providers with total customer solutions and Internet of Things strategies.

Stream 8: Infrastructure and Project Funding

Governments constantly fail to create and provide cohesive transportation planning. Funding frequently dries up. Projects get put back. This session will review successful private funding and joint funding partnerships and how these may be able to be expanded in the future. Who will the players be?


July 5, 2017 @ 8:00 am
July 6, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Conference Centre East.
Köln Messe (East Entrance) Messeplatz 1
Cologne, Germany
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