By Stephanie Hagen, Head of Conferences & Content, Autonomy
Autonomy & the Urban Mobility Summit took place 16 – 17 October 2019 in Paris. The world’s largest event dedicated to urban mobility, it attracted thousands of professionals from both the public and private sectors to discover sustainable transportation solutions. Here are some of the main takeaways from this year’s groundbreaking edition:
1) The biggest disruption to mobility is not an EV revolution but a post-car revolution and we can feel the momentum gathering.
The two major standouts at Autonomy this year were MaaS platform and shared micro mobility providers both of who gave attendees a glimpse of a future where individually-owned cars no longer rule the streets.
Uber announced that it would be adding Cityscoot, an electric sit-scooter provider, to its platform in Paris making it’s app, which already offers rideshare, e-bike and e-kick-scooter options more multimodal than ever. In addition, major companies such as SNCF, Conduent, Alstom, Europcar Mobility Group, Share Now, Kyyti and Blue Systems Smart Mobility all exhibited at Autonomy and participated in the Industry Talks and the Urban Mobility Summit to share their own visions for the future of MaaS, alternatives to car ownership and how these solutions will ultimately compliment already existing forms of public transportation, not detract from them.
Meanwhile, the Summit round table Mass Adoption of Free-floating Scooters: What will it take? Brought together Caroline Hazlehurst, Director of EMEA Operations at Bird, Maxim Romain, Co-Founder & CEO of Dott, Laureline Serieys, General Manager of France & Benelux, JUMP, David Spielfogel, Chief Policy Officer at Lime, Fredrik Hjelm, Co-Founder & CEO of Voi Technologies and Axel Lindnér, VP & General Manager, Europe of Wheels to discuss questions surrounding shared free-floating e-scooters and sustainability, safety, city and press relations and demographics.
The test track was also once again full with electric micro mobility options including e-kick-scooters from the above companies as well as various vehicles from from e-bikes to electric sit-scooters from companies such as Askoll, Niu, Pink Mobility, SEAT, Tracefy, Zoov and more.
2) Policymakers are more interested than ever in working with private operators to improve their cities’ mobility offerings
Policy makers from over 20 countries and 70 cities attended Autonomy this year in order to discover and meet with private mobility operators. Unsurprisingly, France had the most public decision-makers and elected officials present at the show, followed by the UK and Germany. Also attending the show were members of the EU Commission, Polis Network and ICLEI, all of whom are using Autonomy as a reference event to understand what’s going on in mobility. The issues policy makers were most interested in included shared and free-floating mobility, electrification and autonomous vehicles.
And companies are also feeling the collaborative love! Many private shared and free-floating mobility operators are now understanding that “moving fast and breaking things” is not a sustainable business model. They are instead seeking a more sophisticated route in which they hire incredibly knowledgeable heads of policy to engage in conversations with cities and to work together.
3) Startups are placing data front and center when designing the future of mobility
For it’s 3rd iteration, the pitch program Funding the Movement attracted a number of outstanding startups to it’s stage and impressive VCs in its audience. The jury, made up of Robert Bosch Venture Capital, InMotion Ventures – powered by Jaguar Land Rover, Via ID and Impact Connected Car ultimately choose three winners and it was all about the data:
Xee is a platform which allows for the collection and transformation of raw data from any connected vehicles, from bikes to trucks, into actionable insight.
Geovelo, Nicknamed “waze for cyclists”, is an app which plans out the most convenient and safest bicycle routes possible for its subscribers.
Go To U is booking platform for EV chargers which provides a seamless charging experience for users and provides access to facilities and services during charge time.
4) The mobility space is rapidly expanding and Autonomy is now bigger and better than ever!
With 200 exhibitors from 29 different countries and a total of 7882 professional and institutional visitors from 70 countries (a 30% increase from the 2018 edition), Autonomy is still the largest gathering of urban mobility professionals in the world and continues to grow!
Next year’s event is already shaping up to be bigger and better than ever, so don’t miss out on Autonomy 2020, 4 – 5 November in Paris. See you there!
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