Mobility is entering new dimensions. When we talk of the future of mobility it is no longer just about autonomous cars or car sharing start-ups but of a full process of transforming all aspects of society. This made us reflect on the need for a cross-industry exchange of ideas on new innovations, future visions and structural changes in industry, politics and science. Our track Mobility & City highlights, discusses and reflects on the developments in mobility from a range of perspectives.

Are societies and their legal frameworks ready for remotely piloted vehicles? How are the implementations of digitisation and robotics changing our existing concepts of mobility? How can future interactions between humans and machines be designed to avoid long-term relationship problems? In what ways do our urban centres need to be restructured, in order to transform them into empathetic, open and smart spaces? What are the implications for data protection in a fully networked society?

At re:publica 2014, we discussed with Walter Matthias Kunze (trendquest), Helmut Ritzer (moovel GmbH) and Prof. Tobias Wallisser (Laboratory for Visionary Architecture) whether our society is ready for autonomous driving or if we first require a societal change of perspectives. Thomas LeBlanc from Phantastischen Bibliothek expanded our literary horizon with his talk on whether we will still be driving cars in 30 year time. He examined the huge and scientifically sound ideas and future scenarios found in science-fiction books.

At re:publica 2015, we talked with futurologist Alexander Mankowsky about the experimental “F 015 Luxury in Motion” vehicle, the developments in autonomous driving and debated the relationships – and relationship problems – between humans and machines. In a different session, Stefanie Söhnchen and Rob Dawson presented their “Move Forward” project: a network dedicated to collecting ideas and exchanging knowledge on the future of mobility – all fully independent from marketing, brands and products. Philipp Wex's talk “Possibilities for using speech and gesture recognition for the future of mobility” offered insights into the developments and complexities of intelligent voice control systems for cars.

Together with a pool of futurologists, scientists and robotics experts, we will be continuing our journey into the future of mobility at re:publica 2017's Mobility & City track. Mobility & City is powered by DAIMLER. 

Photo credit: Matthias Ripp (CC BY 2.0)

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    Im Zuge der Urbanisierung und der Vernetzung von Mobilitätssystemen kommt es in den Ballungszentren weltweit nach der Gentrifizierung der Innenstädte in Zukunft zu einer Gentrifizierung der Personen- und Gütermobilität. Entsprechend muss die Diskussion um die Neutralität der Kommunikationsinfrastrukturen erweitert werden, um die Diskussion der Neutralität der Verkehrsinfrastrukturen.
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    We think maps can do much more by including people with disabilities. We are looking for novel ways to use new data and smart interactions to make maps both; easy to contribute and great to use.
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    Wir begegnen Natur nirgends häufiger als in der eigenen Nachbarschaft. Doch warum schauen wir so selten hin? Was braucht es um unsere Wahrnehmung zu stärken? Diesen Fragen stellen wir uns am Museum für Naturkunde Berlin in einem vom Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau & Reaktorsicherheit (BMUB) gefördertes Projekt.

    Im Talk berichten wir von unseren Ergebnissen zum Verständnis von Natur in Berlin und den Herausforderungen einer digitalen Umweltbildung.
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    A critical reflection of the "Smart City" and more general "Smart Everything" paradigm is necessary. Thus, I present a citizen-centered design approach for smart hybrid cities, which allows transforming them into Humane, Sociable and Cooperative Cities. This design approach aims at reconciling humans and technology and keeping the human in the loop and in control. Privacy issues are a major focus as they become more important now with cities developing into smart, hybrid cities.
  • Politics & Society
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    Today, the struggles for open and democratic access is highly relevant – both for the the urban as well as the digital: we can see globally networked and yet diverse struggles towards the strengthening of digital and urban commons, which are contrasted and challenged by accelerating processes of privatization, control and profit-oriented development. This talk will elaborate on the interdependencies of the „right to the city“ and the “right to the internet” and show how we explore the space in-between DIY networking and critical urban practice in a current EU-research project.
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    The electric robot cars are coming! Rapid developments in technology will require a new framework for connected mobility. How can we build it, and what might it enable? Will electric vehicles transform the way society generates and stores energy? Will Blockchain keep our money and our data secure? Will industries be forced to collaborate in the open by tough regulations, or will it be a race to build the biggest walled garden?

    Jens Stoewhase (Intellicar) moderates a panel of experts from the automotive industry discussing what emerging technologies and trends in mobility could mean for our futures.
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    What does it mean to love out loud in a time of ubiquitous capture? Our physical selves are being recorded by proprietary image-capture systems that are used to infer behavioral traits and construct identities, challenging our notions of individual agency and a sovereign self. How humans live and love in the 21st century will be decided by how we balance governance, ethics and oversight of emerging technologies.
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    Straßen-, Schienen- und andere (Verkehrs-) Infrastrukturen gehören zu den komplexesten und relevantesten Netzwerksystemen. Sie unterliegen ständigen Wandel und müssen stets an neue Anforderungen angepasst werden. Mit Hilfe von offenen Daten, Visualisierungen und Algorithmen lassen sich komplexe Netze sowohl mikro- als auch makroskopisch analysieren.
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    The talk discusses a way to intrigue citizens to investigate what is behind smart city technologies with the help of public visualizations and thereby to reach the common citizens in their everyday lives and to include them in the on-going discussion about the future city.
  • re:publica
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    A public, tangible, and interactive visualization in the form of an interactive signpost makes contradictory issues of software interpreting the beauty of a place visible for citizens.
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    Lange Zeit galten große Städte wie London, Berlin oder Tel Aviv als Sammelplatz für Computermenschen und alle, die "was mit Medien" machen wollten. Unter dem Eindruck steigender Mieten und schrumpfender Freiräume erobern die Nerds jetzt die entvölkerten ländlichen Räume zurück und machen aus ihnen utopische Orte.
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    What's Berlin's digital strategy for the next years? How can technology lead to more participation in democratic processes? Where do we need joint initiatives by actors from the economy, civil society and politics, to ensure a sustainable, participatory and efficient digital transformation? Which needs and ressources does civil society offer? And what can we learn from other metropolitan areas around the world, especially Barcelona?