The CEBIT18 takes place in Hanover every year and has now rebranded itself as Europe’s business festival for innovation and digitalisation. The NMW team spent one day on the ground and only saw a small percentage of what was exhibited and discussed as the grounds are enormous. Not only does the CEBIT cover a lot of ground spatially, it also does so thematically on thirteen different stages. Topics ranged from the use of AI to innovations in digital health to the future of work for women.
Of most interest was the expert stage in Hall 13, where heise online hosted a forum on autonomous cars, electric vehicles and electromobility. It kicked off with moderator Jürgen Kuri of c’t Magazin interviewing Detlef Grell and Axel Kossel on their future predictions for autonomous driving. Current new mobility concepts have adhered to the structure of old school car manufacturers either buying or founding startups that are able to test out certain concepts at an accelerated speed. They are also able to work more closely with communes to find ideal solutions, as is the case with door2door. The options in the near-future might be an app that comprises all possible mobility options and recommends routes based on all of these, also offering one charge, instead of multiple single tickets.
The developments for cars will be better assisstance systems also being available in lower-end vehicles. Additionally, truck platooning is predicted to be one of the first areas to benefit from complete automation as this is the area where the most is happening: Bosch, Continental, and WABCO are all developing fleet telematics thar should bring this idea closer to reality.
The conclusion: autonomous cars are further away from what is the average user is reading about in the media, and will need a lot more time and investment before being a completely viable solution to mobility issues. Also, for autonomous vehicles to be successful, more needs to be done in the area of intelligent environments.
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