AUTO Ι POWER/S Ι MOBILITY
Globalisation, urbanisation, digitalisation, resource scarcity: the challenges for future mobility are great.
The future of the automobile will depend on the increased efficiency and the progressive electrification of power transmission, as well as changing mobility patterns and ongoing digitalisation. The paradigm shift in automobile manufacture not only increases the complexity, but also the demands for a holistic as well as a systemic way of thinking.
Apps are soon expected selectively to provide the fastest, cleanest, or cheapest link between two locations in a city; minimal waiting time when changing between bus and train; rental opportunities for car or bicycle, walking time or cost of taxi that can be ordered immediately. They network all options: plane, train, bus, car(rental), bike and footpath.
Developers are thinking about how cities can organise tomorrow’s mobility. It is already clear today that a new mix of transport systems will soon be established in metropolitan areas. Rising fuel prices, scarcity and more expensive parking, road tolls and a tightening of exhaust fume emissions make it increasingly unattractive to drive into the city in one’s own car. Far-sighted employers are already beginning to offer more parking spaces and charging-facilities for e-bikes.
In future, people will flexibly combine their means of transport; ... micromodal - more two-wheelers, especially e-bikes and electric scooters will be used; ... intermodal - people will change their means of transport daily, use bus and train, car and bike rental; ... multimodal, you choose your means of transport according to the situation: if you combine train and bicycle today, tomorrow you will book a rental car because you want to go to the theatre in the evening.
Searching, booking and billing should never take more than a few clicks. Municipalities in particular, are challenged: new regulations for noise limitation, exhaust gases and fine dust will inevitably oust cars with internal combustion engines. In order to improve air quality, cities and municipalities have already set up (or are preparing) 300 environmental zones in the EU; in Germany there are restrictions on cars without a green badge in 11 out of 16 Federal States. The European Commission is calling for carbon-free mobility throughout Europe: in 2050, cars with an internal combustion engine will no longer be allowed into city centres. Parking spaces for petrol driven vehicles on the outskirts of cities are no longer a rarity. From there, zero-emission fuel celled vehicles or electric buses bring commuters into town. E-buses will soon be supplied with power by means of induction stations at stops – or by their own induction coils. However, the car mobility of the future will not only take place in urban areas!!!
Why should only auto manufacturers, transport experts and politicians think about the important issue of mobility? The Worpswede Art Award 2017 gives international artists the opportunity to comment on the subject in their own way. Ground-breaking ideas are often "born" in art.
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