Do we still need our own car? What will our cityscape look like in 20 years? What needs do rural regions have? Which clever minds in the industry think mobility and how? And what do on-demand services and mobility analytics have to do with all this? Questions that we ask ourselves every day in our work and to which we – at least now and then – note our answers and thoughts. For you, for us, for exciting impulses, for more mobility and less traffic.
In Germany, up to 125 kilometres of rail are to be modernized by 2025. During the modernization, passengers will have to switch from rail to rail replacement services. This is also the case for passengers on the Stuttgart S-Bahn, while the main line there is being modernized this summer. Nevertheless, this rail replacement service is different, because: On weekends and weekend nights, it is main line offline – S-Bahn On-Demand online.
As International Business Development Manager Alina Schuprin supports ioki’s mission to implement integrated mobility solutions not only on german roads, but all over Europe. Having a Master degree in industrial engineering Alina is experienced in anything that comes with digitalisation and its impact on established business areas. At ioki she combines this know-how with her personal goal to generate a positive impact on the environment with her daily work.
England’s national bus strategy, Bus Back Better, states that around 4.07 billion journeys were made by bus in England in 2019/20. This is more than double the number of journeys made by rail. Whether travelling to work, education or leisure, the bus is the UK’s number one public transport mode. However, not all that glitters is gold here either. Despite the high demand, there is room for improvement in terms of service quality, fares, capacity utilisation and efficiency of bus services. The outstanding fields that need to be tackled are primarily due to the deregulated market for bus services.
The 150.7 million customer journeys made by Deutsche Bahn last year show that many people care about travelling sustainable. DB plays a major role in shaping the future of mobility in a climate-friendly way. In order to fulfil this role in line with requirements, our mother concern combines economy, social affairs and ecology aspects with each other.
The mobility transformation in Europe must be driven forward through modern, digital and inner-European platform solutions in order to create a real added mobility value. This added value can only be created through the development of holistic software solutions that enable public authorities and (transport) companies to integrate new forms of mobility across different modes of transport.
Jakob Kammerer is Head of Autonomous Mobility at ioki and thus responsible for developing the software that connects driverless vehicles with our operating system for digital mobility. After completing his B.Sc. in automotive engineering at the Technical University of Ilmenau in 2014, he progressed through several positions at Daimler, General Motors and the PSA Group into the field of mobility. Today we talk to Jakob about the supreme discipline of modern mobility: autonomous driving.
ioki has already achieved a number of milestones in the field of autonomous driving, from test operations on closed terrain to linking an On-Demand-Booking-System with autonomous driving vehicles. In March 2021, the “Law on Autonomous Driving” was presented in the Bundestag, which clearly shows: The topic is gaining more weight not only among mobility designers, but also at the political level. In the bill presented, legal framework conditions were defined for fully automated driving in certain operating areas. In addition, further investments are to be made in research and development in the field to make the mobility of the future safer, more environmentally friendly and, above all, user centered. “Germany will be the first country in the world to bring autonomous vehicles out of the research labs and onto the road,” says Federal Minister Andreas Scheuer – ioki has already been working on this for several years and shows itself to be an innovator making progress here.