What are the attributes of a successful smart mobility concept?
The way in which individual modes of transport currently work is incredibly inefficient. The key is to better organize transport, particularly by combining journeys – the watchword here is ride sharing. I think it is very important that new concepts do not cannibalize the classic transport infrastructure. It is more about supplementing them with digital options in order to make optimal use of them.
What happens if this principle is violated?
In this case it is ultimately the city that suffers. The popularity of companies such as Uber and Lyft in New York has led to even more cars taking to the roads there. Mobility is also a very regional product. Each city has its own topography, its own culture, and different underlying economic conditions. These local factors must be taken into consideration. This may make the development of new technologies highly challenging, but rigid one-size-fits-all solutions will not work.
In your view, what are currently the most important developments in the mobility sector?
We have three megatrends in terms of products: electric drives, networking, and autonomous driving. The networking of vehicles among one another or with platforms is very much changing the way in which fleets are coordinated. Even though autonomous driving is the one development among the aforementioned three that is still furthest away, it will have the most significant influence.