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Data collectors from Mexico City win Audi Urban Future Award 2014

A nine-strong jury with an interdisciplinary combination assessed a proposals done by a foe teams according to criteria such as innovative power, feasibility, sustainability and transferability to other cities. Experts from China, Germany, a United Kingdom, Columbia and a USA were represented on a jury. It was chaired by a executive of a Centre for Mobilities Research during Lancaster University, Prof. John Urry. “The teams’ ideas were as opposite as a cities that they come from. There were sparkling approaches in all a proposals,” Urry settled in Berlin. “Ultimately we motionless in preference of Mexico City given a plan is already being implemented, and it provides petrify and above all affordable solutions for a obligatory mobility problems in a mega-cities of threshold countries.”

The internationally eminent engineer and civic planner Jose Castillo and his Mexican group are assured “that a vehicle can solve precisely a problems that it caused itself” – by, for example, providing information with that cities can conduct their trade formulation better. According to a IBM Commuter Pain Index, Mexico City is a “most unpleasant commuter city in a world.” In response Castillo, in partnership with a IT consultant Carlos Gershenson and a conduct of a city’s creation laboratory, Gabriella Gomez-Mont, has grown an “operating complement for civic mobility.”

The winning group in a Audi Urban Future Award 2014 puts a faith in enlivening self-help by creation commuters into information donors. At a same time it tests new forms of team-work between companies, mobility providers and metropolitan institutions: In further to Audi, many companies and organizations have cooperated. An initial chronicle of a new information height has been online given September. Commuters can share information on their possess movements with other users by a website and an app. In this approach a current database for tolerable civic and travel formulation is gradually created. As shortly as adequate real-time information for accurate forecasts are available, people can adjust their function to a forecasts and so change a trade themselves – by vacating after or by selecting a mode of travel that gets them to their end quickest.

“The group from Mexico City has succeeded in collecting arguable information in a user-friendly way. On a basement of these data, in destiny we can rise tailor-made mobility services,” explains Annegret Maier, conduct of Data Intelligence during Audi. Maier is a member of a Audi Urban Insight Team, that has worked closely with a teams competing for a Award in new months. Audi experts from opposite growth departments frequently exchanged ideas with a teams and suggested them on subjects such as design, piloted parking and driving, and networked mobility.

Today Audi is already building technologies that give some-more space behind to a city and some-more time and improved peculiarity of life to a residents. Take a instance of parking space: parking garages can accommodate dual and a half times some-more cars if those cars autonomously park themselves. Audi has already done a record of piloted parking prepared for market. More space in cities is also combined by assistance systems that optimize trade upsurge by avoiding pointy braking, support a motorist when changing lanes or calculate a ideal speed for a stretch to a subsequent trade light. Today already, technologies such as car-to-x or car-to-car communication can make a grant to regulating a highway ability better.

A quantum jump in mobility happens wherever a automobile is networked even some-more closely with a city. This is clear in each team’s grant to this year’s Audi Urban Future Award. “Our prophesy is to renovate civic mobility into a stretchable complement guided by goals, by creation all modes of ride interlink seamlessly. In this approach a residents always get a use that is best for them individually,” explains engineer and group conduct Max Schwitalla, who aims to exercise his ideas by joining a Urban Tech Republic on a site of Tegel Airport to a mobility network in Berlin.

The Boston group that competed for a Award, headed by Philip Parsons, before vanguard of Planning during Harvard University, has recognised a “multimodal marketplace for mobility.” It is founded on rarely formidable make-believe program that creates it probable to calculate a opportunities for new technologies and provides a pure basement for investment decisions. When a developer building a parking garage realizes how most smaller his genuine estate can be planned, interjection to self-parking cars, a substructure for new business relations is laid.

The operation of opportunities offering by autonomously pushing cars desirous a engineer Sung Gul Hwang and his group from Seoul. Their proposals are formed on ethnographic studies in a smart Gangnam district. The automobile can be remade as preferred into a roving interface to a city, a practical space for practice or a amicable civic device that rewards a motorist for environmentally wakeful or socially obliged behavior.

Many of these ideas still distortion in a future. But most is already probable today. “Audi Connect,” for example, already serves as a communication core in a car. And a Audi hold-up pilot, that is tighten to willingness for array production, will shortly take over a controls on highways in slow-moving trade during speeds adult to 60 km/h.

The insights from a third Audi Urban Future Award will upsurge directly into Audi’s new “Urban Agenda.” In sequence to exercise tolerable mobility solutions, Audi is dire forward by combining growth partnerships with cities.