With the current focus on electric vehicles, autonomously assisted vehicles and eventually self-driving vehicles, it would be easy to lose sight of the bigger picture for transportation. Much of what we rely on today was invented 100 years ago. Indeed, remarkably, the first passenger fare-paying railway started in 1807, albeit horse drawn, and the first steam engine locomotive line is generally accepted to have opened in 1860. So we could say that what we have today is both new and fabulously antiquated in terms of its origin.
The Future of Transportation is a study and conference on the subject of What Next. One of our core themes is ‘Getting Transport Off the Ground’, where we will examine how quickly personal airborne transportation systems will become viable mass transportation. The futuristic vision of skyscrapers surrounded by airborne transport for mass commuting could be just a few years away, but are the world’s governments and existing transport providers and operators sizing themselves up for the change? Will today’s automotive companies with brands that rank continuously among the world’s leading names be lost in history or will they – as, for example, Mercedes has long stated – be part of the new transport solution?
The Future of Transportation World Conference will bring together world transportation leaders from automotive manufacturers and their suppliers, transportation authorities and city planners, rail and public transportation technology firms and operators, technology and software giants, drone and personal air transportation solution companies, freight and logistics companies, mass-transit solution providers, business consultants, inventors of new and disruptive global mobility solutions, all with the common goal of devising better solutions for the increasingly demanding challenge of providing safe, efficient, sustainable transportation for the world in 2030 and beyond.