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FAREWELL TO THE ANALOGUE AGE OF OIL

Self-driving electric buses of all sizes, a green light for public transport, less congestion in the cities, improved timetables in rural areas – in short: a better quality of life through improved mobility. Will this be the picture for public transport in 2040? Only if the opportunities now being offered are properly exploited, say futurologists.

ORIENTATION IN THE DIGITAL AGE: THE FUTURE OF NAVIGATION

Earth observation and measurement satellites have been operating for many years, during which time they have become the basis for satellite navigation systems, one of the twentieth century’s most important technical innovations. In the following we explore the impact of innovative navigation systems on personal transportation and in particular the public transport systems of the future.

16 BUSES THAT TRAVEL EVERYWHERE

Peter Heser owns a bus company in Warmensteinach in Upper Franconia. It operates on regular bus routes, provides coach services and fulfils contracts for the regional network. He explains what he thinks technological progress and policymakers should deliver.

DATA MINING IN PUBLIC TRANSPORT

What is data mining and what does it have to do with public transport and with mobility in general? Digitalisation is resulting in more and more data is being collected, including in public transport. In the future how can this data be used to establish patterns and correlations? What conclusions can be drawn in order to formulate new strategies for public transport?

NOTHING TO FEAR FROM DIGITALISATION

Digitalisation is massively affecting the bus driver’s workplace, and the same applies to operations specialists and mechatronics engineers. Ultimately, the process will take time. That is why, for the foreseeable future, bus drivers have nothing to fear. However, the nature of their job will change.

AUTOMATED ROAD PASSENGER TRANSPORT

Driverless vehicles as a solution to all manner of transport problems are a futuristic vision that the media has entertained for a long time. Plans have become concrete over recent months however, and an automated transport network of the future is now looking more and more likely. The focus here is on public transport.

ELECTRIC BUSES ARE GATHERING SPEED

The debate surrounding a possible ban of diesel vehicles has given electro-mobility in urban public transport a massive boost. Electric buses alone will not drive NOx emissions below the necessary threshold, however a switchover could make a significant contribution. In Germany and abroad, operators of pilot projects and even entire transport networks are running electric buses.