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Mobility of the future: clever use of means of transport

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Opinions differ - already in the auto motor und sport editorial network: 'Stay away from everything, as far as connectivity, infotainment and assistance systems are concerned, 'mumbles s port auto editor-in-chief Marcus Schurig as he rushes past me in the corridor to get to the To bring the nth generation of the Corvette with fiberglass-reinforced plastic body and V8 engine into the magazine.

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'The mobility aunt again, 'whispers test and technology department head Jörn Thomas with a smile on the editorial floor, while he openly expresses his distrust of autonomous driving, but at least has a wallbox in his own garage to be able to charge e-cars quickly. Its elixir: the driving dynamics rating in the auto motor und sport comparison test scheme.

They are right - both of them. Because this is not about dictating to people how they should design their future mobility program. Rather, it shows them alternatives for situations in which nothing works: in the densely populated cities, at the airport, when the ground staff goes on strike again or when the train doesn't have an attractive train connection.

And to clear up illusions: For example, the bicycle is not always faster than a car in the city center - I can cover the 15 kilometers between the editorial office and home in 25 minutes by car, with the Smart E -Bike are around 45 minutes - tried out in a self-test over several weeks. Fitness program included, which also saves time. But that is another topic.

The driving pleasure remains

So what is it about? To be aware of how to cleverly combine modes of transport without falling into ideological discussions as we know them from the past. In the past, cyclists and motorists were crazy enemies. One green, the other usually black. Today even premium manufacturers are committed to the car sharing and e-bike business. Anyone who is too good for anything here is already on the losing track. Doesn't realize that the course has long been set differently around the world - and the either-or thought is alien to Generation Y.

So is it over with having fun, even when driving? No. Want funPeople always have. But driving pleasure no longer necessarily means speeding over the Swabian Alb at 6:40 in the morning and then analyzing razor-sharp when my car has got into very gentle understeer or oversteer when exiting a curve. 'Sheer driving can also be a sound system,' mused the BMW technicians far away from home on the edge of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Not every car enthusiast likes to hear that. But this must also be part of our rethinking: The growing world of connectivity hits the old car world with full force - and the moment of the collision must first be synchronized. New car, outdated software - we often had that in the past. But this is over with the integration of Car-Play or Android into the car. The customer is no longer even dependent on software updates from the manufacturer. He can create his own facts using his smartphone - at no extra charge and above all without visiting the workshop.

Autonomous driving prevents accidents

And the journey into the future is only just picking up speed: even if Google Glass is on hold, other software specialists such as Toshiba have long since jumped on this bandwagon - as a kind of extension of the navigation system outside of the car . Everything that we have learned about iPhone and iPad operation is incorporated into the interior: swipe, press, slide, first forms of gesture control and new entertainment options in the event that the pilot is no longer needed /p>

All nonsense, you think? Wrong, I say. The introduction of autonomous driving will drag on for years - and suffer some setbacks. But it helps prevent traffic fatalities. Nine out of ten road accidents are caused by human error. And that's where the fun ends.


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