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.