Mobility is entering new dimensions. When we talk of the future of mobility it's 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 with our long-term partner Daimler, re:think Mobility, 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 have been continuing our journey into the future of mobility at 2016's re:think Mobility track.

Photo credit: Matthias Ripp (CC BY 2.0) and futurologist Alexander Mankowsky by re:publica/Gregor Fischer (CC BY 2.0)

  • Prashanth Halady from Bosch talks about tomorrow’s car in his speech “Beyond driving - how a car of the near future could look like” during our re:think Mobility track. With a concept vehicle serving as an example, he explains its new possibilities to us.

  • Since 2015, the Deutsche Bahn railway company has been releasing data on its railway network and traffic to developers. In the "Work" track, DB data analyst Jonas Westphal presents the latest developments. Following him, Stefan Kaufmann (Open Data Task force) reports on current Open Data projects.

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    What does the approach of mobility to our society? What are the lastest developments? How can we make our cities even smarter? And how might big data might help us?
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    Brauchen wir die Vernetzung der Verkehrsmittel überhaupt?
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    Ist es denkbar, dass Automobilhersteller ihr Geld bald nicht mehr über den Verkauf des Autos selbst verdienen, sondern über Services um die vier Räder herum? Eins ist klar: Die Branche wird sich verändern. Welche Folgen das hat und welche Aufgabe Innovation und Innovationsmanagement in diesem Zusammenhang spielt, erläutert Susanne Hahn, Leiterin von Daimler Business Innovation.
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    The world of mobility is on it's way to disruptive changes. Cars of the future will be connected with the outer world and will drive autonomous with an electrified power-train. This will have a major impact on the way the future automotive interiors are going to look like and how they are going to be used. Based on these trends, at Bosch we see the automotive interiors evolving into what we call as the 3rd living space. See and discuss the future car Human Machine Interface and user experience.
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    Nahtlose Verbindungen, unlimitierte Informationen – um das Reiseerlebnis unserer Kunden kontinuierlich zu verbessern, brauchen wir neue Denkweisen und Arbeitsmethoden. Mit dem Design-Thinking Ansatz arbeitet das d.lab der Deutschen Bahn an den Mobilitäts- und Servicedienstleistungen von morgen.
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    Lagepläne, Wetterdaten, Fahrplaninformationen – die Deutsche Bahn sitzt auf einem riesigen Datenschatz und über ihr Open-Data-Portal stellt sie der Community mehr und mehr dieser Daten zur Verfügung. Das Ziel: Jedem die Möglichkeit geben, eigene Anwendungen zu programmieren, die das Reiseerlebnis verbessern.
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    Vernetzt und autonom – die Mobilität der Zukunft wird das Reisen grundlegend verändern. Die Deutsche Bahn hat erkannt, dass sie sich wandeln muss, um Innovationen Raum zu geben und treibende Kraft auf dem Weg in die Zukunft der Mobilität zu sein. Die DB Labs sind der Motor dieser Entwicklung: durch agile Arbeitsmethoden, Kooperationen mit Start-ups und den Austausch mit der Open-Data-Community treiben sie die Digitalisierung im Konzern voran und helfen dabei, Themen neu zu denken.
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    Big data will not change the world unless it is collected and synthesized into tools that have a public benefit. In this talk Sarah Williams will illustrate projects from her research lab, the Civic Data Design Lab @ MIT, that have transformed data into visualizations that have had an effect on policy reform.
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    With a growing interest in cities that respond and adapt to changing environments and citizen's demands - often referred to as Smart Cities - we see new challenges arising for free and open societies. Smart cities promise to create the perfect urban space, a more efficient, greener and secure environment. But at what cost? In this talk we would like to explore the current risks with smart cities and discuss technical and legal steps that are needed to protect our rights.
  • Global Innovation Gathering (GIG)
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    In today’s world there is much talk about sustainability, however we lack tools to implement it. Sustainable development is only possible if everyone has the ability to access and share knowledge necessary to make conscious decisions. By presenting two open source initiatives, MATERIABRASIL and POC21, I will explore how open source technologies will enable true sustainable development.