By Ross Douglas, Founder & CEO, Autonomy
After our 3rd edition of Autonomy & The Urban Mobility Summit (October 2018) we spent a month gathering feedback from sponsors, exhibitors, delegates and city partners. (Read the Report on Autonomy 2018)
A clear theme emerged: Not much interest in end consumers, but massive interest in engaging with cities and policymakers. Creating business leads was a priority; learning about new mobility trends was a close second. And another key theme that emerged is the importance of gathering a diverse group of mobility players who are creating alternatives to single car ownership.
We have used their feedback to build a 4th edition that is bigger, more international, and have tripled the content of previous editions.
We achieved this by focusing on the following Industry Themes: Active Mobility, Data & Connectivity, Electrification, Shared Mobility, Autonomous Driving and Corporate Mobility. In addition, we have an inside workshop on working with cities and how to access EU funds and grants. Funding the Movement is back again, where 25 startups are chosen from 150 applications to pitch to VCs and Corporate Venture Partners.
Each Industry Theme has a half day talks program which is free to delegates with the standard pass. We used our content knowledge gained from publishing the Urban Mobility Weekly and Daily to build a program that covers urban mobility issues, challenges and opportunities. I think our biggest coup for this year’s Industry Talks edition is getting Bird, Lime, Dott and VOI (the former two from the US and the latter from Europe) to discuss how to make scooter sharing a permanent fixture in cities. This is the first time these fierce competitors have agreed to participate in a public discussion.
Another highlight is the city initiative called ‘Get Our Cities Moving’, a partnership with Polis Network (the most important transport network in Europe). This half day session enables innovators and policymakers to pitch to each other and discuss the challenges cities face in adopting new mobility solutions.
Once again, The Urban Mobility Summit spans two days and brings together the world’s thought leaders to engage on the big topics: the impact of mobility on global warming, the disruption of the European auto industry, the idea behind Softbank’s 100 Billion Vision fund, and why women’s safety is key for the success of MaaS.
We also welcome back some of last year’s most popular speakers: some of whom will revisit previously explored themes that demand further attention– themes like the future of policymaking for autonomous vehicles, the role of cities in establishing best practices, and accelerating corporate innovation.
As an exclusive event to be held during Autonomy, tickets to the Urban Mobility Summit are limited to 200 places. More than half have already been sold; so if you want to attend please buy your ticket. In terms of quality speakers, this year’s summit promises to be the best to date.
My vision for Autonomy came from the desire to see urbanites give up single car ownership in favour of multimodal solutions that will make our cities more livable and greatly reduce environmental impact. I’m delighted that we are now seeing a depth and diversity in mobility solutions that can construct this dream into a reality.
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