The increase in urbanisation has far-reaching consequences for cities and metropolitan areas, but also for rural regions. Simultaneously, digitalisation is changing supposedly rigid structures and processes at an unprecedented speed and scale. These changes are particularly true in the mobility and transport sector. Metropolises all over the world design new concepts and set ambitious goals, often under enormous pressures as public transit reaches its capacity.
The key question remains: how do we make these plans and concepts come alive? How do we shift towards connected, emission-free mobility that increases the quality of urban life while also ensuring a sustainable provision of mobility in rural areas?
To succeed, we need to rethink innovation processes. Equitable partnerships, advanced and active integration of government players into the development process, and close cooperation on a local level – together these will create new and marketable solutions. And by conducting large-scale pilot projects under real-life conditions, we can achieve the critical mass necessary for these changes. Only under these conditions can we make these achievements visible to the broader public. Our outlook is international – allowing adaptation of our best-practise cases to other cities and local authorities.