The future of mobility

The future of mobility – sharing instead of owning

The future of mobility is closely linked to the future of urban life. This dynamic raises the issue of how the daily commute and movement of goods can be guaranteed in these urban areas.

The funding of local public transport and the expansion of the infrastructure are important building blocks in the future of mobility. The impact on the environment needs to be re-imagined. The future of mobility will be characterised by resource efficiency and sustainability, while, at the same time, the environmental aspect of mobility will be of increasing importance to society. Environmental badges and low-emission zones are not a long-term solution to the question as to whether our car-loving society is, generally speaking, viable in the future.

There is a need, therefore, for additional mobility strategies, which are developed not only at a technical level but will also result in a change in human behaviour. In this context, mobility can become an expression of a new lifestyle. In contrast to the 20th century, when mobility meant first and foremost individual mobility, this ownership market will supplement and transform itself in the future into a communal access market. The current success of car sharing services and bike rental stations are the first signs of greater acceptance of the “use when required” option. Even if German people continue to love the car, they will change the way they think about ownership of it.

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