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NEW MOBILITY WORLD @IAA 2019Frankfurt/Main, September 10–15, 2019
New Mobility World

Recap: Monday, 25. September, at the NMW 18

By Editorial Team on September 25, 2018

After finding our bearings on the gigantic grounds in Hanover last week during the press days and getting lost between the fascinating array of exhibitors and presentations, we were very excited yesterday for the start of the NMW 18 FORUM in Pavillion 11/D. 

The day started with The Future of Public Transport in and between Cities, where the central question was how to make logistics data work for consumers and businesses through open transport platforms, the digitalisation of the freight forwarding business and an integration of on-demand into mass-transit solutions. Bernd Heid (Senior Partner, Promotional Vehicle) of McKinsey & Company spoke on Route 2030 – The Fast Track to the Future of the Commercial Vehicle Industry. It was interesting to note that in the bus segment, China is by far the leader. Over 90% of the buses sold to cities are electric, with the aim being to change the traditional business model by 2030 from classic to system busses. For instance, Shenzen is leading the charge as the city has electrified its complete bus fleet in the past 5 years, which cumulates in over 16000 busses.

Bernd Heid of McKinsey. 

We also had Dr. Joachim Bühler of the VdTÜV speak on the Safety today and Requirements for autonomous and networked Shuttles of tomorrow, and were treated to an alternative mode of transport with Thomas Schubert’s presentation of his company Leitner Ropeways, where the transportation of people and goods is rope-propelled, leading to less CO2 emissions, less noise pollution, and less traffic (amongst other plusses, which don’t even incorporate the beautiful views). 

In the next segment, The Future of Urban Logistics, the focus was on how the future of urban logistics will be pushed by smart on-demand transport solutions, automated delivery, integrated drive systems and a TCO-optimized usage of modular zero-emission vehicles. Dr Jan Bartels of fashion retailer Zalando showed the importance of efficient and adaptable logistics for an online retailer such as theirs, and how their drive to build an efficient platform to optimise logistics helps them send out more than 100 million parcels per year.

Zalando’s cutomer fulfillment numbers.

This segment also saw a Q&A session with Dr. Susanne Leifheit of  VW Nutzfahrzeuge and Stefan Klatt MAN Truck & Bus on their study What Cities Want (more info here), where a diverse set of scenarios were created by laypeople and experts in the field to find out what the sustainable city of the future will look like. 

After lunch The Future of Network- and Platform Providers looked at how to make logistics data work for consumers and businesses through open transport platforms, the digitalisation of the freight forwarding business and an integration of on-demand into mass-transit solutions. 

Here we heard talks by SAP, Daimler, Pamyra and Kapsch TrafficCom before Joachim Schonowski of Telekom Innovation Laboratories finished the session by focussing on Rethink Mobility: avoid, reduce, reuse. He criticised the fact that most cities have no consistent strategy when it comes to rethinking mobility and what their citizens need. Schonowski called for a different view of infrastructure and its integration in society. There is a need to redesign the whole city of the future, but as a continuously evolving organism that is part of an integrated holistic system. This “system of systems” has to interoperable and provider-independent, with smart cities needing to develop towards the digital society. Schonowski also emphasized the generation and usage of data having to support the concept of circularity. 

The vision for a “system of systems”.

At Last Mile Logistics – Reinvented the central question was on how to benefit from open platforms for the last mile, create more sustainable TCO-optimised last-mile delivery experiences and learning how to close the gap to fully driverless delivery applications. Here, Ingo Lübs of Rytle explained their product as an Integrated Multifunctional Logistics Solution for the Last Mile, stating that “the enemy of transport is downtime”. 

Mika Koopmann of ImagineCargo looked at Sustainable Last Mile Challenge: Connecting e-commerce Warehouses to Europe’s professional Bike Messengers, illustrating how same-day and instant delivery is expected to reach a market share of 20-25% by 2025. 

The last session of the day looked at Insights into Urban Logistics, with Tim Gerstenberger of the city of Hanover presenting the Project Initiative “Urban Logistics Hannover” – from Research to Best Practice. With Hanover handling 33000 packages per day, the project is a step in the right direction to make the city a model for future urban logistics. This was supported Rüdiger Prang of Volkswagen, who detailed VW’s involvement in the project. Attendees were also treated to the perspective of the thinkport VIENNA, the established painting business Temps Malereibetrieb, and Dr Sönke Behrends, who spoke on Urban Logistics Strategies for high-density Neighborhoods – Insights from Gothenburg, Sweden

Dr Sönke Behrends

Thanks to all for a spectacular first day at the NMW FORUM. 

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