Sustainable, mobile and liveable – that’s what future mobility is to look like in the Australian city of Melbourne. But the challenges on the way to achieving this are manifold. During the BMW Group Dialogue, scientists, initiatives, business enterprises and residents faced up to this task.
After Los Angeles, Melbourne is the second city to hold the BMW Group Dialogue this year. Just how important the ideas and concepts for urban mobility discussed there are for the Australian megacity with its almost five million citizens can be seen from the current situation: roads are increasingly congested, parking spaces are hard to find and many public transport facilities are hopelessly overcrowded.
In a survey carried out prior to the BMW Group Dialogue among 500 residents of the city of Melbourne, three quarters named road congestion as the most pressing problem for mobility. Almost one half do not consider public transportation a satisfactory alternative to congested roads. Moreover, delays in local public transport and a lack of future-oriented city planning for fast and sustainable mobility were in the way.
For this reason, too, there was tremendous interest in the lectures, informative events and workshops around the two-day BMW Group Dialogue, which took place mid July at the “Factory of the Future” of the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. Sustainability and transportation experts, residents and students obtained information on the increasing challenges of urban mobility. And they discussed possibilities of meeting these challenges effectively through sustainable concepts.
Among other things, it became clear that the participants did on the one hand see the administration and political decision makers as being responsible for dealing with the current increasingly problematic traffic development with sensible concepts. However, some of the participants also wanted the BMW Group to play an active role: For example, they felt that the range of mobility services such as DriveNow should be extended. Furthermore, participants also hope that the BMW Group will become trailblazers in the expansion of research and production in order to build an increasing number of electric vehicles ideally without emissions. A brief report on the expectations of Melbourne’s citizens in respect of mobility has been made available to you here. Impressions on the BMW Group Dialogue can be seen here.
BMW Group Dialogues for the future of mobility
With the event series BMW Group Dialogue, the BMW Group wishes to contribute towards a better understanding of the upcoming challenges for the city of the future and the realisation of sustainable solutions. The BMW Group Dialogues are considered to be an important think tank in which representatives of cities, business enterprises, institutes, universities and citizens can together search for possibilities and practical implementations for shaping the mobility of tomorrow. After Los Angeles and Melbourne, similar events will also be held in Shenzhen, Rotterdam and Berlin during the months ahead. In all five cities, the main focus will be on issues such as population density, regulation and infrastructure. The aim is to create a comprehensive overview of the current and future situation and to acquire a better understanding of the mobility needs in megacities throughout the world.