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Mobility through the ages

What actually is mobility?

In recent years, some major car manufacturers have announced that they no longer want to serve as pure manufacturers, but would like to develop further as so-called mobility providers.

Mobility has become a buzzword today. For many people, the areas of work, home, leisure and shopping are far apart. If they want to satisfy their needs, they have to be mobile. Thus, the term "mobility" describes the possibility or ability of people to reach the destinations they desire. If they implement these possibilities, traffic is the result.

Definition Mobility
Potential mobility is the mobility of people, in general and as a possibility. Realized mobility is realized mobility, is the satisfaction of needs through spatial change (in short: mobility). Transport is the instrument that is then needed for the concrete realization of mobility. Traffic includes vehicles, infrastructures and the traffic rules and is also very well measurable. 

What does it mean to stay mobile or to maintain mobility?

We place a very high value on our individuality and the ability to move as quickly as possible to wherever we want to go at any given time. We have created a well-developed road, rail and air transport network and are using ever faster means of transport, which means we can travel further and further distances faster and faster. But dealing well with these ever-expanding opportunities is often a challenge.

Not all people have the same opportunities to be mobile: stairs and steps hinder wheelchair users, older people or parents with small children. Main roads cannot be crossed without problems or detours. Young people are dependent on their parents with their own cars for the trip to the disco because the bus line no longer runs in the evening.

If one wants to evaluate mobility within a society, a city or an area, one has to examine which possibilities different groups of the population (children, young people, adults, seniors and people with disabilities) have to satisfy their (mobility) needs. To describe mobility, for example, the trips per day and the distance traveled are used, where the trips simplified stand for the needs satisfied and the distance for the effort.

Mobility today and in the future

While individual mobility is still very much in evidence today, in the future there will be a lot of reliance on commercially used vehicles, such as car sharing.

But how will this mobility be ensured in the future? One thing is certain, many things will change. Modern charging systems, such as intelligent charging points or increased electric charging columns will be part of the cityscape. SmartMobility, i.e., networking and autonomously acting means of transport, is also part of the future. Increasing digitization and automation make both possible. SharedMobility will play an equally important role: Mobility as a service in a wide variety of combinations, for example in the form of car sharing.

With our software solution, we also play a major role in ensuring mobility, both in the individual sector and in commercial use.

With our remote diagnostics function and other tools, such as battery monitoring, we can help drivers arrive safely at their destination.

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