Transport for tomorrow
The United Nations estimates that two-thirds of the world's population will live in cities by 2050. How will this affect traffic? And what needs to be done to ensure that the growing metropolitan areas are liveable for people? We asked three experts about how mobility is set to change in 10 to 15 years.
Stephan Rammler, sociologist and founder of the Institute for Transportation Design, predicts a fundamental transformation in cities that will only succeed with sustainable mobility.
Mr. Rammler, how will cities be different in the future?
As more and more people move to urban areas, the demand for living space, cultural and leisure facilities and mobility will also increase. The question is how to reconcile future expectations with the available urban space.
What's your solution?
The increasing density of the population in cities will give rise to a central demand for greater sustainability, as otherwise we will simply run out of air to breathe in cities due to climate change. This affects many areas, but first and foremost mobility. Individual ownership of the classic combustion engine car with its significant ecological footprint cannot continue. As is evident in younger generations, usage patterns are shifting towards sharing - from car and ride sharing to electric scooter and bike sharing services.
Will the city of the future be car-free?
I wouldn't quite go that far. In the future, however, there will certainly be more electrified vehicles on the road. Politicians will have to incentivise more sustainable mobility, for example by introducing a toll for motorists in the city. Because one thing is clear: The transformation can no longer be put on the long finger.