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February 08, 2017

BUS2BUS 2017: Focus on digital mobility

The bdo congress and Future Forum – ready to meet the challenges of the future

bdo congress: Sascha Lobo to deliver a keynote speech on ’Mobility 4.0 – What shape will tomorrow’s private bus companies take?’

Future Forum: Frank Salzgeber of the ESA to give a keynote speech entitled ’There are no driverless concepts without space travel.’

The congress and exhibition will take place for the first time on 25 and 26 April in Berlin

Berlin, 8 February 2017 – The bus industry has set its sights on the future. Thus, there is considerable demand for information and debate on the main topics brought about by the digital revolution in mobility: driverless vehicles, new transport concepts and digital services. On 25 and 26 April 2017 BUS2BUS, the new business platform, will take this into account by hosting two formats: the established bdo congress and the new Future Forum. Here on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds stakeholders from the transport industry will be defining and formulating challenges and aims for their own sector as well as political and administrative goals.

Highlights of the bdo congress
The Bundesverband Deutscher Omnibusunternehmer is organising the bdo congress, which regularly features high-ranking participants. In future the event will take place every two years. This is where entrepreneurs establish economic and political goals. The strategies and recommendations they formulate for promoting public bus transport, bus tourism and long-distance coach travel is directed at policymakers.

The bdo expects 500 participants to attend. They can already look forward to a keynote speech by the author and blogger Sascha Lobo on ‘Mobility 4.0 – what shape will tomorrow’s private bus companies take?’, which is bound to spark debate.

In his introductory speech entitled ‘The digital revolution in bus transport’ Prof. Dr. Andreas Knie of Innovationszentrum für Mobilität und gesellschaftlichen Wandel (InnoZ) will be talking about driverless concepts and pointing to future alternatives.

The panel dwelling on ‘Sustainable mobility’ will ask ‘Bus travel and its contribution to climate protection – can Germany manage new transport concepts?’, a question that demands answers not only from the bus industry but from policymakers and companies with a stake in individual transport.

One of the main focuses at the bdo congress will be on public transport. Together with the Ministry of Transport and members of German parliament representatives of bus companies and associations will debate whether the law governing personal transport requires changes and whether Germany’s currently well-structured system of public transport is due to remain.

Where tourism is concerned questions will be asked of bus industry representatives from Germany and abroad regarding the future of the European single market, against the backdrop of increasing bureaucracy, and regarding obstacles in the wake of amended EU package tour guidelines and corporate tax surcharges.

The panel focusing on long-distance coach travel will debate possible state-controlled regulation of the coach travel market, whether toll charges are to be raised and what impact that would have on companies and their customers.

Highlights of the Future Forum
The Future Forum will examine the outlook for tomorrow’s transport. Stefan Liske of PCH Innovations will provide an overview of the latest trends and ways to approach solutions. His keynote speech on transport with utility vehicles is entitled ‘A change of outlook for mobility – a smart and swift departure to new horizons’.

Frank Salzgeber of the European Space Agency (ESA) will be explaining that neither the digital revolution in the transport sector nor implementing its achievements in practice can be accomplished without space travel. ‘There are no driverless concepts without space travel’.

The Future Forum workshop entitled ‘Young bus innovators and the generation change’ with business coach Sandra targets young and dedicated entrepreneurs of the future. Among other things she will talk about ways to adapt corporate management to new work methods and mindsets.

Raphaël Gindrat von BestMile, a company that is also involved in trials of driverless buses for the Swiss postal system, will have information on concepts for optimised cloud control of driverless vehicle fleets. Once autonomous vehicles are able to communicate with one another it is possible to gain maximum benefit from the Internet of Things.

Tickets to all BUS2BUS events can be purchased from the online ticket shop. A ticket to the bdo congress and both days of the fair costs 350 euros, while a ticket to the bdo Congress and one day at the fair costs 250 euros. Members of the bdo can purchase tickets at reduced rates. A trade visitor’s pass for both days at the fair costs 75 euros. For one day the cost is 45 euros. A trade visitor’s pass grants admission to the Future Forum which is located in the display halls.