German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility – Expert Forum "Connected, Mobile and Sustainable - the Digital City"

GPSM Logo rgb imageSince May 2014, the German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility (GPSM) is gathering German knowledge and expertise: 160 partners have already joined the partnership. They all unite in making valuable contributions to the international dialogue on smart transportation and to sustainable development worldwide. On October 06, 2016 numerous experts of the mobility and transport sector discussed how the future of innovative urban mobility could look like and what main constraints are hindering the implementation of their visions. Panel experts included state secretary Gunther Adler (Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, BMUB), Deputy Director General Dr. Tania Rödiger-Vorwerk (Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, BMZ), city officials and start-up representatives from Uber, Ally or Moovel. 

Are innovative approaches just a gap-filler for a malfunctioning public transport system? How could they help to reduce private car ownership in urban areas? Should Uber and allygator shuttles be seen as a competitor or a meaningful addition for urban transport systems? Are they contributing to the sustainable development of the transport sector? The mobility scene is divided: on many occasions questions are raised if innovative mobility solutions are overrated and technologically idealised and if they have a blind spot for the demands raised by local and national decision makers and their administrations. On the other hand too little is done to foster innovation and digitalisation, some technological innovation are even impeded by established players in the mobility sector. It seems necessary to enable actors to directly discuss and exchange ideas with each other. (Source: GPSM Newsletter)

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