Digitalisation facilitates change in mobility
Since the invention of the automobile, mobility hasn’t changed as profoundly as today: intelligent vehicles, innovations in the fields of automatic and interconnected driving, steadily growing cityscapes, road maintenance, increasing pressure on cities and automobile companies to lower air pollution, societal trends like the increase of bicycle use, as well as growing acceptance for carsharing approaches and electric vehicles for individual mobility.
Interconnection is the future
Connecting cars with each other, the environment and the surrounding infrastructure creates new opportunities to gather information far exceeding the human eye or built-in sensors: In the future, communication takes place between automobiles (vehicle-to-vehicle, V2V), vehicles and infrastructure (V2I) as well as vehicles and IT back-ends and control centres (V2B). The term ITS summarises all these appliances of modern digital technologies.
Benefits for Citizens
These new technologies have the potential to make traffic safer, cleaner and more efficient. Inner-city life for citizens is rendered significantly more comfortable:
New planning software improves the coordination of construction sites
Special apps facilitate smart parking. Citizens can find and pay for parking spaces online
Intelligent traffic lights indicate the number of seconds until turning red
A mobility platform and a respective app present users with the entire range of public transport at a glance
Smart lockers reduce traffic related to parcel delivery and make pickup more flexible
The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg has commenced several projects while others are currently being developed and promoted. The Senate’s ITS Strategy was ratified in April 2016 and serves as a basis for the developments. Click here for an overview of current projects.