Or might be able to walk Wasn t there also some discussion of an idea to concentrate all the key things of an urban environment residential areas offices shops cultural life in small decentralized neighborhoods How much sense would that make People specifically move to the city because these things are available in the center You can t put an opera house into every neighborhood What role will electric vehicles play in the city of the future A crucial one Future urban mobility will be electric You can only achieve clean air with locally emission free vehicles Everyone who s ever spent a day in the smog of Beijing knows that With incentives for electric vehi cles and bans on vehicles with IC en gines cities intend to force people to switch That s beginning to happen in Germany as well Autonomous cars are the other frequently discussed alterna tive at the moment How would that affect urban mobility Autonomous cars will be part of mo bility as a kind of personal and public transportation mix When a school bus with a driver picks up children today it could be replaced by kind of a large automated taxi to morrow which would still be better than all parents personally shuttling their kids Will residents trust autono mous cars cruising around without a driver between their children play ing in shared spaces Well first of all it ll be a while be fore the technology is ready to be deployed and safe enough The test drives in urban areas so far have taken place on selected routes un der controlled conditions And it s also going to take some time be fore people will trust the technol ogy I remember a funny case in Japan where a subway line was au tomated In the first few months a driver was still sitting in the front seat Although he had nothing to THE INTERVIEWEE The Society and Technology Research Group has been in existence at Daimler for 30 years and Prof Marianne Reeb has been on board for 20 As Manager Future Life Mo bility of the Research Development department Reeb who has a doctoral degree in business administration is one of the people responsible for corporate futurology One of her first for ward thinking topics was car sharing But that never really flew because in the 1980s you still had to book a car telephonically three days in ad vance She also lectures on topics of cultural and social change for the Cultural Work degree program at University of Applied Sciences Potsdam and lives in Berlin and Stuttgart do people felt more comfortable Once he was gone the seat became the most popular one with the pas sengers Will local public transporta tion have to reorganize itself It ll have to become smarter and more flexible What would be the sense in having huge buses that in spite of their size were jam packed during rush hour but near empty most of the time That s a waste of resources that could be put to good use Why not haul goods with them as well In the context of urban mo bility we always think only of people but goods account for a major part of it as well In the past a mail truck would arrive in the morning and to day there s a parcel delivery service rushing down the street every few minutes A consequence of the growing mail order business Yes too But many delivery vans and trucks are only half full when they start their runs In the future individual par cels are supposed to be delivered by aerial drones I m very skeptical in this respect If just ten percent of freight trans ports were shifted into the air there d be such a whir up there that you wouldn t want to be or live below it On the ground acceptance of personal mobility seems to be drop ping as well Are the days of the car friendly city over I wouldn t view that in black and white Often the same people that live in the city are the ones that drive cars The cities will have to strike a balance In the future they ll be facing even fiercer competition for high quality of life than before and a smart mobility offering is a very im portant part of this How fast will cities change As our CEO Dieter Zetsche says The way change occurs often resembles the ketchup bottle effect Nothing will happen for a long time at first and then it ll happen all at once 81 children form the foundation of forward thinking mobility planning at Mercedes Benz Connected Autonomous Shared and Electric at a time are planned to be taken to school by Jouley an electric bus from Daimler s U S subsidiary Thomas Built Buses starting in 2019 The vehicle has a range of up to 160 km 100 miles 4 pillars 107 outlook

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