International VDI Conference - Future of Buses
- Exchange ideas and discuss the new concepts and challenges the bus industry will need to overcome when faced with developments in e-mobility and automation
- Learn about hurdles presented by electrifying transport systems and managing e-bus fleets and discuss the consequences for urban bus networks & city authorities
- Get insights from international best practice autonomous bus projects and be inspired by new business models and mobility solutions
- Exchange experiences with other professionals from a wide variety of fields in and around buses, e-mobility and autonomous vehicles at interactive sessions
- Profit from extensive networking opportunities during the breaks and at the evening reception
SAVE THE DATE - On November 27-28, 2019 the international VDI “Future of Buses” conference is returning to Amsterdam! This event focuses on how the bus sector changes by adapting to an ever-evolving transport and mobility landscape and provides an interactive platform for open discussions with all relevant stakeholders from an international perspective.
A New Age of Public Transport?
With every disruption comes (business) opportunity: constant transition and change brings a variety of new business potential for the public transport sector. Rethinking traditional transport concepts and discussing new ideas and approaches will give the industry more impetus to prepare for the future. The need for new business models is at the top of the list of key challenges. Operators and manufacturers in particular have to move away from the certainty of traditional operations and embark upon a mission to become digital and technology driven mobility leaders. They need to set milestones in creating a new mobility mindset in the age of smart, electrified and autonomous transport solutions!
It’s all about Strategy and Technology
The international VDI “Future of Buses” conference is the ideal place to gain an overview of the rapid changes in the industry and to discuss key challenges, new concepts and emerging business opportunities. The event will look at the big picture and discuss the strategic needs of operators and manufacturers as well as the impact of autonomous and electric operations on local authorities, infrastructure and existing business models. We won’t leave out technical developments either: we will look at innovative technologies for advanced safety, driver assistance and comfort on the way to full autonomy and connectivity and discuss smart systems and the role of new energy sources when it comes to electrification!
Conference Topics & Agenda
Participants will profit from innovative ideas, best practice examples, case studies, tech presentations and interactive discussion rounds!
This year’s focus topics will cover:
- Electrification & Charging – Field Experiences from Operator & OEM Perspectives
- Regulation & Policy Framework in the new Mobility Age
- New Business Models & holistic Mobility Systems
- Requirements for next Generation Buses
- Autonomous, smart & connected Bus Systems as Part of Public Transport
The conference will be supported by experts:
- Dr. Gerhard Nowak, Partner/Vice President, PwC Strategy& GmbH
- Dr.-Ing. Rainer Witzig, Head of Product Strategy Bus, MAN Truck & Bus AG
- Edwin Mermans, Senior advisor international affairs, Province of Noord-Brabant
If you have any questions regarding the conference program or you want to become a speaker at future events, please contact Leonie Bohnstedt.
Registration & Welcome Coffee
Chair’s Welcome and Opening Address
I. Electrification, Charging & alternative Fuels – Field Experiences from Operator & OEM Perspectives
The Future of E-Buses – Lessons learned from Luxembourg’s E-Mobility Test-Bed
Dr. Marcin Seredynski, Head of Innovation and Research, Volvo Bus Corporation – E-Bus Competence Center, Luxembourg
The Future of electric and on-demand Buses
Hallie Liao, Head of International Development, Shenzhen Bus Group, China
On the Route to Emission-Free Bus Operation: Challenges, Lessons Learned & Impulses from the Field
Dr.-Ing. Markus Dietmannsberger, Project Manager Electric Buses, Hamburger Hochbahn AG, Germany
Implementation of electric Public Transport in cold Climate
Jon Stenslet, Manager Vehicles & Depots, Ruter As, Norway
II. Implementation of Charging Infrastructure for E-Buses
Charging Infrastructure for E-Buses: Experiences of a Bus Company
Josep Ariño, Electrical Engineer, Management Maintenance and Infrastructure Projects, TMB, Spain
ASSURED: Boosting the Integration of urban commercial electric Vehicles with high power fast-charging Infrastructure
Hans Bekkers, Business Development Manager Public Transport, VDL Bus & Coach, The Netherlands
Interactive World Café Session
We invite you to directly engage with other experts. Discuss and identify challenges, needs and solutions while focus is on you – choose your favourite topics and bring in your own experiences!
Networking & Coffee Break
Slot reserved for IVECO
Jean-Marc Boucheret, Sustainable Mobility Manager, Iveco Bus, France
III. Regulation & Policy Framework in the new Mobility Age
The European Commission’s Role in the Future of Buses
Robert Missen, Directorate-General for Mobility & Transport, Head of Unit Innovation & Research, European Commission, Belgium
Bus & Coach Transport in a new Mobility Era
Rémi Lebeda, Senior Manager, IRU, Brussels
End of Conference Day One
At the end of the first conference day we kindly invite you to use the relaxed and informal atmosphere for in-depth conversations with other participants and speakers.
IV. New Business Models & holistic Mobility Systems
Future of Buses: Smarter and greener Mobility for Everyone
Stefan Tontsch, Vice President Operations, FlixMobility GmbH, Germany
Insights from existing On-Demand Ridepooling Services worldwide
Jan Lüdtke, Head of Strategic Partnerships, ViaVan, Germany
Networking & Coffee Break
V. Requirements for next Generation Buses
What is Public Transportation expecting from City Buses?
Benjamin Bailly, Head of electric Bus, Alstom, France
Next Generation active Safety Systems for City Buses – The Foundation for Automated Driving
René Bruintjes, Development Engineer, Daimler Buses, EvoBus GmbH, Germany
Together facing the Future: User-centered Product Management
Dr. Michael Roth, Product Strategy, MAN Truck & Bus SE, Germany
VI. Towards 100% Autonomous?! Smart & connected Bus Systems as Part of Public Transport
Autonomous Driving – Changing Next Generation Mobility
Anja Petrich, Autonomous Mobility Systems, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Germany
HEAT - Hamburg Electric Autonomous Transportation
Natalie Rodriguez, Senior Project Manager, co-author: Katrin Schwager, Business Developer, both: Hamburger Hochbahn AG, Germany
The Virtual Infrastructure: A Necessity for future autonomous Transportation
Mohammed Hikmet, Executive Chairman, HMI Technologies, New Zealand
Networking & Coffee Break
What can and can’t AI do for Public Transport?
Volker Aderhold, General Manager DACH, co-author: Amos Haggiag, CEO and Co-founder, both: Optibus, Germany / Israel
Trust Me: Multimodal Uses on AV & EV Buses
Dr. Carie Cunningham, Senior UX Researcher, Nuance, USA
Conference Chair‘s closing Remarks
End of Conference
Who should take part in this conference?
This conference will be of interest to professionals, management, experts and specialists working in strategy, operations, development or engineering in the following areas:
- Bus manufacturing industry & shuttle OEMs
- Autonomous mobility solutions / e-mobility / new mobility
- Major suppliers and software providers
- Operators, bus company owners & fleet management service suppliers
- Public transit authorities
- Consultancies and research
The event is also of interest to charging infrastructure suppliers and operators, battery manufacturers, energy suppliers or those who are generally interested in what’s going on in the bus sector.
The Framework Program - Networking is Key
All participants are invited to join the evening event on the first conference day. This is a perfect networking opportunity to establish new contacts. Connect with experts, business partners, specialists and investors from the international bus industry. After the last session of the day, we will come together in a relaxed environment to enjoy food, drinks and a thrilling table soccer match!
Accompanying and complementing the conference we also offer an international Workshop on “Designing On-Demand Transport Services” taking place on November 29th at the same venue.
Book both, the conference and the Workshop to benefit from a discounted package price.
You want to engage with international experts from the bus sector in Amsterdam, a global leader in urban mobility? You would like to learn about new developments in autonomous and electric buses and how the entire strategic and technical picture will develop for bus manufacturers, suppliers, operators and users? Then book your seats for the conference and workshop now!
If you are a startup or non-governmental organization you could qualify for a special discounted rate. Please contact us.
Are you interested in promoting your company and products at this international VDI conference? Contact Christoph Brockerhoff for more details.
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