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Mobility in 2030

Updated: Jun 12

🚀 Last Friday, André Simonart and I had the pleasure to share our vision of Mobility in 2030 invited by Bart de Hoog at Dragintra's 25th birthday celebration! 🎉





We began our presentation by looking back at the changes in fleet management from 2010, driven by a new component; « CO2 » with CO2 targets and CO2-based taxes, that transformed significantly the car industry in Europe. 🚗🌍


Next, we dived into current commuting trends. The car still dominates in commuting choices but decreased over the last decade while active mobility is on the rise. The sweet spot for change lies between 5 and 50km, considering the dynamic nature of our daily mobility. 🚶‍♂️🚴‍♀️


The mobility budget is a perfect example of tools enabling this shift. It allows us to combine a car AND various alternatives in regard of an individual conscious choice combining environmental impact, time spent, and additional benefits during commuting like comfort, exercising, financial savings or social connections. 🌱💰


We're witnessing these changes primarily in urban and peri-urban areas with the emergence of mobility hubs, equally shared spaces, and zero-emission zones. 🏙️♻️


Technological and behavioural changes are driving the Avoid-Shift-Improve principle:


1️⃣ Avoid: Increased homeworking and the ability to work from anywhere 🏡💻


2️⃣ Shift: Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and pay-as-you-go models make transitions between modes smoother, encouraging short-distance mobility shifts 🚉🛴


3️⃣ Improve: Electrification of vehicles including bikes ⚡🚗


Autonomous vehicles also play a part in this improvement. For efficiency, they need to be shared—both the rides and the vehicles. This approach is already implemented by Ruter As in Norway, as discussed at last Thursday's FOD Mobiliteit en Vervoer / SPF Mobilité et Transports event, and is spreading across the US and Asia 🤖🚘 where they did 65 million km last year. 


While cars will remain important, their role will evolve towards usage-based models rather than ownership. 🚗💡


For companies, this means increasingly complex mobility packages requiring support from external players like Dragintra or Next Mobility to manage day-to-day operations. 🏢🔧


Success in implementation hinges on careful planning, streamlined operational processes, and effective coaching. Our experience shows that even with the best apps, companies need optimized operations and employees need human interaction and clear explanations. 👥📈



We were joined by Erik Swerts, CEO of Alphabet Belgium, and Eddy Haesendonck, CEO of Hedin Automotive Belgium Luxembourg. Our visions were remarkably aligned, pointing towards a transformative future for mobility! 🚀🌐



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