German-French panel discussion “Mobility of the Future”

Metz

23rd May 2019

Professor Horst Wieker accepted the invitation of the agency INSPIRE METZ, which, in cooperation with the World Trade Center Metz-Saarbrücken and BEHR Consulting, had organized a panel discussion on the “Mobility of the Future”. The event took place during the week “Metz est wunderbar”, to which German and French politicians, researchers and entrepreneurs from the vehicle and transport industry were invited.

In the Grand Salon of Metz City Hall, speakers were able to present alternative mobility concepts and solutions for the future to a lay audience. Whether electric buses, automated and connected shuttles in public transport or autonomous vehicles for private use – the discussion made it clear that the mobility of the future will pursue several objectives and will not be single-track.

Less CO2 emissions through electric or hydrogen drives are conceivable. But also concepts such as car sharing, bicycle rental in inner cities and autonomous vehicles can be a response to congested roads and lack of mobility offers in rural areas.

On the subject of autonomous driving, Professor Horst Wieker was able to share his experiences with the audience and, on the basis of the TERMINAL project, to make it clear what opportunities a self-propelled bus can offer in rural areas and how progress in research is increasing public confidence in intelligent transport systems.

About the event (in German)

Prof. Horst Wieker guest of “Wir im Saarland”

Saarbrücken

14 March 2019

The television magazine “Wir im Saarland” deals weekly with current affairs and background information from the Saarland. The topics range from politics to society and economy.
On March 14, 2019, Prof. Wieker, head of the Research Group for Transport Telematics (FGVT), sat on the couch with moderator Christine Alt and in an interview, he told how automated cars can be used in Germany in the future and predicted, among other things, a change in the German transport system.

Find the 5-minute television report here.

Kick-off to cross-border automated mobility – the Greater Region on the move

Saarbrücken

15th February 2019

Safe, environmentally conscious and flexible – these are the central demands on the mobility of the future. In the border region between Germany, France and Luxembourg, mobility in the work environment is an important factor. It must be simple, cheap and available to everyone. The automation and intelligent networking of road traffic plays a central role in this. In the TERMINAL project, 15 partners from science, mobility providers and public administration are working and researching on the establishment of automated, electric buses in cross-border commuter traffic. The project started in January 2019 and will run until December 2021. It has a volume of around 3 million Euros and is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with approximately 1.8 million Euros from the “Interreg VA Greater Region” programme. The lead partner of the project is the Saarland University of Applied Sciences (htw saar).

Further reading – see blog entry of htw saar (in German):

Further press releases:
2nd December 2018 – Saarbrücker Zeitung (in German – only for subscribers)

16th October 2018 – Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German – only for subscribers)