The strategy of space & time

How can mobility succeed in the living spaces of the future?

Time and space are two decisive dimensions in the design of future mobility. „Time and space” have always been involved in the design of our traffic areas – whether urban or rural – in the background. In the historical course, our cultural spaces were shaped by transport technology: horse-drawn carriages and carriages, railways and horse tracks, the first „electric“ and finally the car. Today we have e-scooters, delivery boxes for pizza, drones and parcel boxes, how do they shape mobility in the living space of tomorrow?

My car and me

Long after the Second World War, we converted and expanded cities and regions to make them „car-friendly” sub urbanization would be inconceivable without cars. This planning concept is currently being criticized: Current planning goals are „city of short distances“, „compact city“, „active mobility” and improved quality of stay – this is in contrast to the vehicles parked at the roadside and clogging the access roads. Nevertheless, the car still has a very high status. Do we have to say goodbye to our favorite toys in order to find habitats worth living in the future?

Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo

Please turn

Currently, many experts speak of a necessary change in traffic and mobility. For environmental reasons alone, we cannot afford to go on like this – but the transport sector is the sector which, despite all technological progress, is lagging furthest behind the objectives of the Paris decisions. Many industrialized countries are relying on accelerated technological progress in new drive forms, new synthetic fuels, new materials and new sensor systems. Artificial intelligence and efficient networking are designed to reduce the number of accidents, to make traffic congestion-free, to make better use of infrastructures, to reduce emissions, to save time and to significantly increase driving comfort. But to what extent is the technology capable of mastering the challenges of tomorrow’s mobility?

What’s the next step?

So do we (again) want to adapt our settlement areas and our everyday lives to the conditions of increasingly automated traffic in the future, or should only these technologies be introduced that contribute to solving existing mobility problems? Politics and planning administration are required and they must act now because technical progress is not waiting. We don’t know how mobility can succeed perfectly in tomorrow’s living space, but there are a lot of experts who are worried about it. You answer your questions at the 3rd World Mobility Forum in Zell am See-Kaprun.

Dr. Martin Faulstich

Scientific Leader

The city of the future was already the topic of the 2nd World Mobility Forum in June 2019. Next year we will take an even more detailed look at the dimensions of space and time and how these will shape and influence our mobility in the living spaces of the future!

Because of it, let’s go to IONICA 2020

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