Each of these 7 Industry Talks will have its own roundtables, exhibition tours, networking lunches and cocktails. In total, 150 speakers shared out between 2 stages, and 40 sessions covering 7 themes. These programs aimed at heads of innovation, business developers, industry experts, CTOs and other C-levels will allow our visitors and exhibitors to connect more easily with their target audiences.
The 7 themes we have chosen for this year are:
Making space for the healthiest, cleanest and cheapest way to move in cities.
Cycling, walking, skating, roller-blading, kick-scooting etc. are the healthiest ways to move in cities and the most efficient methods to reduce pollution and congestion. However, in order to encourage these practices, pedestrians need to be able to reclaim the public spaces taken over by cars.
KEY FIGURE: In Paris, more than 50% of the public space is dedicated solely to cars, whereas only 42% is dedicated to pedestrians and 3,8% to bikes.
KEY QUESTION: With the increase of “electric-assisted” active mobility such as electric kick-scooters and bikes, will cities need to implement new lanes to keep them separated from human-powered forms of active mobility?
Encouraging the shift towards electric mobility and meeting its growing power demands.
The future of urban mobility is electric: buses, cars, scooters, bicycles and solowheels have benefitted from improved battery technology. Reduced running costs and public subsidies also make EVs more appealing for urbanites. We will now need to provide charging infrastructures with clean and smart energy to meet this growing power demand.
KEY STAT: In China, the city of Shenzhen (population 12.5 millions) has managed to transition all its buses (16,359) and taxis (21,689) to electric in just 10 years.
KEY QUESTION: While electric vehicles will eliminate tailpipe emissions, how can they be used on sharing platforms to reduce congestion?
Ensuring the safety of Autonomous vehicles while preparing our cities for their arrival.
Autonomous vehicles dominated much of the 2018 newscycle with a plethora of mobility actors, from OEMs, to tech companies to MaaS companies getting into the driverless car game. It is now a question of ‘when’ rather than “if” for AVs on our streets.
KEY STAT: The United States is set to have 14,000 robo-taxis on their roads in 2020 and 2.4 million by 2025.
KEY QUESTION: Will AVs be deployed as public fleets managed by the city or will they be privately-owned, potentially creating driverless traffic while they circle the block waiting for owners?
Data & Connectivity
Providing reliable data and fast communication networks to pave the way for MaaS and smart cities.
For Mobility as a Service to thrive, a shift to Open Data policies needs to be undertaken by both public and private mobility players. In addition, Smart Cities will increasingly need faster networks and more accurate data in order to develop cleaner and safer mobility.
KEY STAT: Transport for London adopted an open data policy which releases all TfL-generated data for free to third parties apps and service providers. The policy has saved both passengers and authorities an estimated 145 million euros and has cut down on the journey time of rider.
KEY QUESTION: Cities are rich in traffic data but how can they transform this data into effective transport management tools?
Discovering new shared mobility solutions in order to complement public transport systems.
Shared mobility is well established in many major cities around the world and cities are now looking for multimodal solutions which offer a number of shared fleet options (cars, bikes, scooters, kick scooters etc.) to their citizens. These first and last-mile solutions are great additions to the already existing public transportation networks.
KEY STAT: MaaS (Mobility as a Service) platforms will replace over 2.3 billion urban private car journeys annually by 2023.
KEY QUESTION: Will shared mobility such as ride-hailing services significantly decrease public transport-use and increase the number of cars on the road?
Increasing the sustainability and efficiency of last-mile logistics in cities.
As e-commerce is thriving and cities are trying to revitalize their centers while cutting down on congestion and emission, how we engage in urban logistics needs to be dramatically rethought. Carbon-free and city-sized vehicles, for example, should replace the trucks and vans that we still see too often in our streets.
KEY STAT: The number of parcel deliveries has increased by 48% in just two years, jumping from 44 billions to 65 billions units shipped. However, in France, 25% of the miles driven by logistic operators are still unladen, and only 67% of their vehicles’ capacity is used on average.
KEY QUESTION: How can distribution platforms be best utilised to increase efficiency and reduce the environmental impact?
Future of Fleets and Corporate Mobility
Improving fleet management efficiency and developing services to optimize the daily commute of employees.
From increasing fleet management efficiency to implementing strategies to optimise employees’ commutes, mobility is becoming a highly discussed topic in companies of all sizes. Fleet managers, HR departments and CSR strategists need to find ways to reduce the losses induced by energy consumed, time spent and stress suffered in business travels and commutes.
KEY STAT: In France in 2018, the rate of professional vehicles sold which had diesel engines dropped below 80% for the first time since the seventies.
KEY QUESTION: What impact will the introduction of WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure) have on how fleet managers calculate their whole-life fleet costs?