French-German panel discussion on mobility

Metz, April 23rd 2019

Professor Wieker accepted the invitation of the agency INSPIRE METZ, which in cooperation with the World Trade Center Metz-Saarbrücken and BEHR Consulting organized a panel discussion on “Mobility of the Future”.
The event took place during the week “Metz est wunderbar”.
In the Grand Salon of the Town Hall of Metz, the speakers – a varied panel of German and French politicians, researchers and entrepreneurs from the vehicle and transport systems industry – were able to present alternative mobility concepts and solutions for the future to a lay audience.
And these are numerous and innovative: whether electric buses or automated and connected shuttles in public transport or autonomous vehicles for private use, the discussion has made it clear that the mobility of the future pursues several goals and will not be single-track.
Less CO2 emissions for clean air through electric or hydrogen drives are conceivable. But concepts such as car sharing, bicycle rental in inner cities, and autonomous vehicles – initially buses on dedicated routes, later individual vehicles – can also be an answer to congested roads and a lack of mobility in rural areas.
On the subject of autonomous driving, Professor Wieker was able to share his experiences with the audience and use the TERMINAL project to illustrate the opportunities an automated bus can offer in rural areas and how progress in research should increase public confidence in intelligent transport systems.

Schengen: Launch of the tri-national experimental site for automated driving

Schengen, April 3rd 2019

A profusion of personalities met yesterday in Schengen, where the Transport Ministers of Germany, France, Luxembourg and Saarland officially open the cross-border testing ground for autonomous driving in the three-border region.

The first transnational experimental site offers companies and researchers a space to test deployment scenarios and new technologies across borders, on all types of roads.

This event, which included a round table, project presentations and live road tests, was another opportunity for the TERMINAL project to shine in the spotlight.
Anke Rehlinger, the Saarland Minister of Transport, said:

“Mobility only makes sense if it works across borders. On the experimental site, we are testing innovative steps towards mobility concepts.”

With the intention of offering frontier workers a new option for transport by electric and automated minibuses, the TERMINAL project pursues concrete objectives to improve mobility, in particular for commuters. Jonas Vogt of the htw saar Road Telematics research group presented the project and the context of the research as follows:

“We have 50 million commuters per year in the region, most of whom travel by car. This means that our roads are congested. We need other means of transport.”

Saarland’s Minister of Transport Anke Rehlinger expects significant benefits from some of the innovations in autonomous driving:

“The results will help us to better adapt cross-border public transport conditions to customer needs.”