Belgium is the so-called crossroads of Europe, but movement of goods and people is increasingly hobbled by congestion. According to the European Commission, we’re Europe’s most congested country in terms of hours wasted.
But wasting time in traffic isn’t the only price we pay for all that movement. Transport is responsible for approximately 20% of our total greenhouse gas emissions, it shortens our lives through harmful air pollution and it kills more than 700 people a year through road accidents.
So join the mobility challenge and let’s get Belgium moving again, safely, smartly and sustainably. A radical new vision on transport is required!
Workshop topic 1: Autonomous pathway
Opportunities along the road to autonomous vehicles
Autonomous cars and trucks will soon be a reality on roads everywhere. Nearly every major automotive and truck manufacturer, but also tech companies such as Uber and Alphabet, are investing massively in autonomous vehicle technology. And leading automotive brands such as Tesla, Volvo and BMW have already introduced pretty advanced driver assist features in their latest models.
As we increasingly adopt autonomous driving technology, the entire mobility ecosystem and behavioral context will need to adapt. Regulators are urgently trying to respond. Road infrastructure will need to change. New mobility business models will emerge. Insurance will need to adapt. And we, as drivers, passengers and pedestrians, will need to adapt. Because already many drivers are overestimating the technology (applying makeup while driving, falling asleep, driving drunk etc.).
In this workshop we’ll explore opportunities and solve challenges along the road towards autonomous driving.
Workshop topic 2: New mobility paradigms
Uber may have its roots as an alternative taxi service, but it also ushered in a new paradigm. Uberisation now refers to any business model where agents exchange under-utilised capacity of mobility assets (human or machine) through an online platform. A closely related new paradigm is mobility-as-a-service, a vision where customers don’t own vehicles but have access anytime and anyplace to the mobility of their choosing and only pay for use. How far can we stretch these concepts and truly make them a multimodal reality?
Workshop topic 3: Physical Internet
Innovation through a new logistics paradigm
In this topic we’ll explore opportunities based on the idea of a Physical Internet, a new logistic paradigm where goods find their own way in an interconnected multimodal network. You can compare this to the way bits of information find their way through the global internet. Building on that metaphor, imagine logistics as an open platform for innovation. In contrast to the fragmented supply chains of today, imagine logistics as an integrated, multimodal transportation network and massive data hub, a platform that is highly autonomous, and governed in real-time by decentralised intelligence.
Join us in this workshop and come up with entirely new ways to both extend the physical internet and build new services on top of the network and its intelligence. Think: drones, underground loops, new multi-functional models such as shop-while-you-travel and ever better e-commerce distribution models. We’ll explore how blockchain and artificial intelligence could transact and optimize logistical flows in real-time. We’ll imagine an entirely new world of logistics.