With urban freight deliveries becoming more common due to a rapid increase in e-commerce, cities are looking for new ways to tackle increased congestion and pollution from increased numbers of light commercial vehicles (LCVs). One unusual approach that has been 'delivering' significant results is the micro-logistics approach to urban freight. The City of Frankfurt am Main, UPS, partners IHK Frankfurt am Main and House of Logistics and Mobility (HOLM) GmbH have been experimenting with bicycles in micro-logistics.
Autonomous vehicle technology has the potential to revolutionise the commercial and off-highway vehicle industry by improving safety and dramatically increasing productivity and efficiency, while significantly reducing costs.
The iVT Autonomous Industrial Vehicle Technology Symposium will bring together R&D engineers, robotics experts, OEMs, autonomous vehicle systems hardware and software engineers, test and development experts, and heads of design and engineering from around the world.
Under the sub-brand, We Share, Volkswagen are set to introduce a city-level car-sharing scheme, which utilises entirely electric vehicles (EVs).
Berlin is the first city selected for the scheme roll-out, with a total 1,500 e-Golfs available when the scheme commences. This will be followed by 500 e-up! vehicles in the second quarter of 2019. From 2020, the plan is to replace these vehicles with models from the new VW I.D. range.
How has mobility changed in Germany? The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure studied almost a million journeys made in 2017 by over 156,000 households.
The study found that Germans travel slightly less on an average day compared to 2008, with a drop from 90% to 85%. however, the number of kilometres travelled per journey increased slightly.
The car remains the dominant and popular mode of transport, while bike, bus and train are becoming more popular. The steady growth of individual motorised traffic in the last decades is stagnating.
Most transport professionals in the sector of sustainable urban mobility would probably agree that the chances of encouraging someone to switch mode are higher when their life circumstances change. But why is it that hard for people to switch modes and what determines our behaviour? A research project carried out in Berlin by environmental psychologist Sebastian Bamberg from the FH Bielefeld was dedicated to this topic.
The 2019 Summit on "Transport Connectivity for Regional Integration" will be held from 22 to 24 May 2019 in Leipzig, Germany
The Annual Summit of the International Transport Forum is the world's largest gathering of transport ministers and the premier global transport policy event.
The transport company of the City of Munich, MVG, is due to start a pilot with on-demand ride sharing in its city centre this summer. Twenty vehicles will operate on-demand. Algorithms will calculate the fastest and efficient journeys, based on the orders of smartphone app users.
The service called IsarTiger won’t have fixed timetables, but will offer tailor-made rides.
In 2017, the City of Bremen commissioned the Berlin Institute to carry out an impact analysis of shared mobility in Bremen as part of the SHARE-North project. Results of the study are now available in German (with an English language version currently being produced).
German cities are striving for cleaner air. Now, the City of Hamburg is first in Germany to introduce urban vehicle access restrictions on diesel vehicles. Two road sections will soon be closed to older diesel cars and lorries.