Uber, fully electric cars, combustion vehicle bans in cities – radical ideas split people into two camps: those for and those against it. Such is the case with Elon Musk’s famous Hyperloop. Is it the next big thing for the mobility industry and Business Mobility – or is mostly just hype?
In the fleet management industry, everybody knows the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) as a standard for evaluating the cost of running a fleet. But nevertheless, companies big and small have to pay attention to gain a more accurate look at what they are really spending while travelling from A to B. Not only by paying attention to the fleet but with a holistic view extending the focus on the whole company mobility costs. Let’s have a closer look to the Total Cost of Mobility (TCM).
Imagine you have a business trip coming up. An overnight one. You go online, look for a conveniently located hotel, with the best amenities for your allocated budget, and book a room, right? Well, now there’s another option: stay in a private room or flat instead of hotels.
The A9. A 529-km-long stretch of motorway in Germany, running from Munich to Berlin, will soon be home to one of the most thrilling mobility projects in recent history: a Digital Motorway Test Bed. If all goes as planned, on a future journey to the Reichstag or the Oktoberfest, you may witness autonomous cars, smartly zipping along this “laboratory with real life conditions”.
Sensational-sounding headlines in the media like “Amazon unveils futuristic plan: Delivery by drone” left many (myself included!) initially wondering if it was a farce. Now, of course, we know the e-commerce giant is dead serious. If the company gets its way, drones will deliver packages, using low-altitude airspace, deemed “drone zones” in the not so distant future.
Is there room for a new player in the auto industry – one that exclusively uses the sun’s energy? For the team at the Technical University Eindhoven behind the solar powered vehicle Stella Lux, the answer is a clear yes.
A zero-emissions city in the middle of the desert. Impossible, right? Well, back in 2008 Masdar City, an aspirational project on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, set out to prove it wasn’t. Claiming to be “the world’s most sustainable eco-neighbourhood”, the project aimed to realise a vision of eco-conscious urban living for the rest of the world to follow. Not as easy as it sounds, it turns out.
A few years back the term ‘big data’ was, well, big. Nearly everyone was quick to jump on the big data trend, which, it turns out, was destined for big problems. As it turns out, no one really knows what to do with so much unorganised information.
150 years. That’s how long ago the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UN agency for information and communication technologies (ICT) was founded. Back when the most common forms of communication involved ships, telegraph services – and a lot of patience.