By bundling existing internal expertise into a new center, h&z takes the next step towards supporting customers in shaping the future of mobility
2018 marked many „firsts“ for the world of mobility and transportation: the first commercial „autonomous“ ODM service in sub-urban Phoenix, the first approval to test level 5 self-driving vehicles without back-up driver in California and, unfortunately, the first casualty in Tempe, Arizona. 2018 was a year of technological progress, corporate consolidation, bold predictions and strong marketing campaigns.
For years, On Demand Mobility and Ride-Hailing services have been hyped as the solution for many of the common urban mobility problems. The formula is simple: shared and on-demand usage of transportation means will significantly decrease the total number of vehicles needed and thus destress the congested urban infrastructure. Quickly, urban planners started to envision scenarios of seamless journeys in connected, personalized, yet shared vehicles without traffic jams and minimal environmental and societal impact.