Turnaround: German Mobility Award 2019

At the beginning of August, the ten winners of the German Mobility Award 2019 were announced. We are presenting three winning projects and highlight this year’s motto of the award: “Intelligent travelling: moving people – connecting living spaces”

With the German Mobility Award, the initiative “Germany – Land of Ideas” and the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) make known lighthouse projects for intelligent mobility in Germany and set impulses for innovative development. The goal is to highlight the opportunities of digital solutions for the mobility of tomorrow.

In 2019, the focus will be on aspects of equal living conditions: How can mobility concepts be optimized through digitization? How can mobility contribute to a better quality of life in different living environments? How can equal living conditions be created with innovative mobility offers? Bundled in the motto “intelligent on the move: moving people – connecting living spaces”, the winning projects were selected according to how their digital solutions make future-oriented mobility concepts possible.

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The focus shows that mobility is a prerequisite for inclusion and social participation: how can rural regions be better integrated into the labor market and infrastructure through more modern mobility concepts? How can physically impaired people achieve more self-determined lives through more accessible mobility? What can digitization contribute to a greener and more resource-efficient mobility? New mobility concepts can sustainably change social life, and in Japan they are therefore treated under the slogan Society 5.0.

We briefly introduce three winners of the ten winners of the German Mobility Award 2019:

DB Medibus – The rolling doctor’s office of Deutsche Bahn

One of the ten award winners is the DB Medibus, a Deutsche Bahn scheduled bus converted into a mobile medical practice. It serves to maintain medical care in rural areas with very low medical coverage. The bus has been rolling through northern and eastern Hesse since mid-2018, where it has been successfully tested in operation.

Deutsche Bahn also uses the bus for occupational medical examinations, mobile vaccination or health events. Thanks to the demand seven DB Medibuses will be on the road by the beginning of 2020.

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Medical equipment such as ultrasound and ECG are on board the DB Medibus as well as a telemedicine station with which the attending physician can contact specialists or interpreters if necessary. Power is supplied via solar cells mounted on the roof of the bus, which additionally charge three high-performance batteries. The electrical appliances such as refrigerators, air conditioning and network technology can thus be operated emission-free and self-sufficient.

The DB Medibus is equipped with state-of-the-art medical and telecommunications technology, which is operated autonomously via solar modules on the roof. © Deutsche Bahn AG

The DB Medibus is equipped with state-of-the-art medical and telecommunications technology, which is operated autonomously via solar modules on the roof. © Deutsche Bahn AG

Schaeffler Mover – agile, versatile, fully automatic

The Schaeffler Mover from Schaeffler-Paravan is a fully automatic shuttle vehicle. Since all technology is in the chassis, the structure is versatile. The chassis can be used for passenger transport as well as a delivery vehicle for goods.

Its four wheels each allow a wheel angle of 90 degrees, so that the Schaeffler Mover can turn around its own axis if necessary. This makes it particularly agile and an ideal vehicle in urban areas.

The street lamp as a smart pole

The existing street lighting in Germany offers an ideal infrastructure to make cities smarter. Technically extended lanterns can become smart poles. This way, they can take over the function of a Wi-Fi hotspot or an e-car charging station. In addition, they collect environmental data and inform about free parking in their vicinity.

Innogy’s Smart Pole Factory carried out pilot projects in three German cities and helped those in charge with questions on where and how the existing network of street lamps can be converted into smart poles.

What do you think about the Medibus of Deutsche Bahn?