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Driven by Robots. What Will the Urban Mobility of the Future be Like?

#Foresight session #Transformation of Urban Transport and Mobility
MUF 2021
02 July
11:45–12:45
Hall
The advent of motor vehicles revolutionized the transport system and the perception of distance in the 20th century. The ever-increasing speed of movement, the availability of transport and the development of self-driving vehicles are a natural continuation of the transformation that first began almost 150 years ago. However, the large amount of traffic has led to an overburdening of transport infrastructure and increased traffic congestion and pollution. Self-driving vehicles offer a potential solution to some of these infrastructural problems. In the context of the epidemic, the launch of robocabs is particularly relevant: in China, driverless cars were used to sanitize public spaces and deliver medicines and food to healthcare professionals. The German-based company Lilium has unveiled its futuristic air cab model, which is set to appear on the streets of megacities in 2024. In a world where drones, electric vehicles and carsharing have already become commonplace, the future of urban transport remains to be seen.
  • Could there be a revolution in the transport industry equivalent to the invention of the motor vehicle? Can unmanned and aerial vehicles modify human perception of space once again?
  • How does urban development affect transport technologies and their demand? Is it possible that residents of a properly organized city or metropolitan area will not have to use transport?
  • How will global challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic influence the transport industry of the future?

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