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The landscape of mobility is undergoing a transformation of unprecedented proportions, fueled by innovation and a collective commitment to reshape the way we move. At the forefront of this movement is Motion by Electronomous, an event that brings together mobility enthusiasts and forward-thinking organizations to discuss, dissect, and redefine the very concept of transportation. In this article, we delve into the perspectives of Michal Reut Gelbart, Mobility Lead at KPMG, as she shares her insights on the challenges, opportunities, and technological innovations shaping the future of mobility. From the potential of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) to the visionary figures who have left their mark on urban development, Gelbart’s perspectives offer a panoramic view of the mobility landscape.

 

1. What are you most looking forward to about attending Motion by Electronomous?   

 I’m very excited about Motion. I’m looking forward to connecting and networking with fellow mobility enthusiasts and innovative organisations that are dedicated to revolutionising the mobility sector. The fact that the entire mobility ecosystem convenes in one venue to discuss the latest trends, future projections and current challenges and opportunities is truly fantastic. 

  

2. What are the biggest challenges and opportunities for Future Mobility in cities and regions?   

For numerous cities worldwide, the current state of urban transportation falls significantly short of its potential. Congested streets, relentless traffic, unacceptable air pollution, and frequently unpredictable travel times have become the unfortunate norm. Nonetheless, this prevailing scenario serves as fertile ground for cultivating fresh, innovative solutions. From my perspective, three paramount opportunities stand out: Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV), vehicle electrification, and the advent of Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS). These opportunities are unfolding concurrently and are poised to revolutionize the movement of both people and goods, with profound implications for the automotive sector. 

 

3. What is the greatest tech innovation in the Mobility Space and how will this impact how we move people or goods?   

From the technological perspective, Connected and Autonomous (CAV) is the greatest tech innovation. This technology encompasses a suite of capabilities including AI, advanced sensors, IoT, big data, and ADAS. The impacts of CAV are far-reaching: 

Safety: CAV holds the potential to significantly enhance safety by mitigating accidents resulting from human errors. 

Accessibility: It opens doors to increased mobility for individuals unable to operate vehicles themselves. 

Traffic Efficiency: Through superior traffic management, CAV can optimize traffic flow, reducing congestion and travel times. 

Logistics and Goods Movement: CAV’s driverless nature could revolutionize logistics, lowering costs by eliminating the need for human drivers. 

However, alongside these benefits, CAV faces a range of challenges including technological hurdles, regulatory frameworks, public acceptance, and cybersecurity concerns. These complexities underscore the multifaceted nature of this transformative innovation. 

  

4. Which two people do you admire most in Mobility/Cities and why?   

I admire two individuals who have made significant contributions to the realm of Mobility and Cities—one from the past and one from the present. 

Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an influential writer and activist who possessed a deep concern for the well-being of cities. In 1961, she authored the pivotal book ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities.’ Within its pages, she delved into the intricate workings of cities and the challenges they can face. Jacobs’ ideas resonated profoundly with urban planners and those striving to enhance cities’ quality. Notably, she championed the preservation of neighbourhoods by opposing the construction of expansive highways within urban areas, thus ensuring their safety and character. Her contributions spurred a heightened interest in grassroots community development. 

Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris since 2014, is a visionary leader who has courageously pursued a sustainable and enriching urban environment in Paris. Her initiatives include the transformation of Seine Riverbanks into pedestrian-friendly zones, facilitation of cycling and pedestrian infrastructure, expansion of public transportation networks, establishment of low-emission zones, and implementation of car-free events. Moreover, her endorsement of electric vehicles has propelled environmentally conscious transportation choices. Hidalgo’s steadfast dedication to fostering a more liveable and sustainable city exemplifies a proactive leadership in transport. 

  

5. What are your personal/business goals for attending the event?   

  I am excited about the opportunity to connect and network with individuals within the mobility ecosystem. I’m eager to explore emerging trends and technologies, broaden my knowledge, and engage in the exchange of ideas and aspirations