The Future of Transportation

Innovation in transportation is all around us. Every month we see new projects designed to make transport more efficient, safer and greener, and provide experiences we’ve never had before! With our Business Innovation Travel programs, you can meet face-to-face with a whole range of innovators and founders of such game-changing projects.

Key Trends

Some of the key innovation trends we’re seeing in transport these days include everything from the minutiae of how to make our roads safer, to the big-hitters of flying taxis and space travel.

Electric vehicles are seeing ongoing developments in battery-charging speeds and vehicle range. Investment in driverless car technology is also hotting up, with ride-hailing services bringing driverless cars to the roads already.

Some of the key innovation trends we’re seeing in transport these days include everything from the minutiae of how to make our roads safer, to the big-hitters of flying taxis and space travel.

Electric vehicles are seeing ongoing developments in battery-charging speeds and vehicle range. Investment in driverless car technology is also hotting up, with ride-hailing services bringing driverless cars to the roads already.

So what are some examples of these exciting projects?

Sample innovations

  • In the field of electric vehicles, Zurich company ABB has developed an electric battery that can fully charge in 15 minutes for a range of 400-600km.
  • As for self-driving cars, Tesla – based in Austin, Texas – has developed Dojo, a supercomputer, to be used for AI and machine learning algorithms to better ‘train’ its self-driving cars.
  • In San Francisco, California, start-up Cruise has officially introduced self-driving taxis to its fleet of taxis.
  • Many airlines are entering into collaborations with flying taxi developers. In the UK, Virgin Atlantic and Vertical Aerospace are collaborating to launch a network of air taxis to service various cities.
  • Preferring to do things in-house, in Toulouse, France, Airbus has also been investing heavily in the development of air taxis, including its recent CityAirbus NextGen model – for which it is building a test center in Germany.
  • Urban design and road safety meet in a trial of the ‘Internet of Roads’ that is taking place in Turin, Italy. High-speed internet networks are being used to connect data from cars and pedestrians to determine hazards in near real-time.
  • Also in Hamburg, Germany, 200 thermal imaging cameras have been installed to capture real-time traffic data to help manage traffic flow and risk.
  • In Italy, company Floating Motors are turning heads by modifying vintage classic cars into electric speedboats!
 

Sample Destinations

Germany

Germany is proving to be another hub for innovation in transport, through start-ups and established companies alike. In Hamburg, thermal imaging cameras are being used to address traffic flow and risk. In Berlin, the first test flight of a zero-emission flying taxi was completed in May 2022 by VoloCopter. Also Berlin-based architectural firm Lava is creating 10 space-inspired villages around the world, each including a large space center!

Sample Program: Berlin

Day 1

Flight Oslo-Berlin
DEP 07:30 ARR 09:30
Start-Up Visits:
Forto (Freight)
Via Transportation (Public Mobility)
Lunch
Meet with BMW executives
Check-in at Hotel
Dinner

Day 2

Check-out of Hotel
Visit of Tesla Gigafactory
Lunch
Workshop with Blacklane team (Ride-sharing)
Visit of door2door (AI for urban planning)
Flight Berlin-Oslo
DEP 20:15 ARR 21:55

Phoenix, Arizona

Dubbed the Electric Valley and the Detroit of electric vehicles, Phoenix is fast becoming America’s newest Motor City, with large manufacturers of electric vehicles, like Lucid and Nikola, opening offices and factories. In addition, we’re also witnessing Phoenix’s use as a testing ground for driverless car technology, from ride-hailing companies like Waymo and delivery companies like Nuro.

Sample Program: Phoenix

Day 1

Flight Oslo-Phoenix
DEP 10:45 ARR 19:47
Check-in at Hotel
Dinner

Day 2

Visits:
Waymo (Driverless taxis)
Phoenix Motorcars (EV trucks)
Lunch
Workshop with Nuro team
Dinner

Day 3

Visits:
Lucid
Rivian
Lunch
Workshop with Nikola [EV manufacturer]
Dinner
Entertainment

Day 4

Check-out of hotel
Visits:
Polestar
ElectraMeccanica
Lunch
Free Time
Flight Phoenix-Oslo
DEP 20:10 ARR 19:55 (+1)

What Your Program Can Include

Every Business Innovation Travel program combines the best of our expertise in travel, business and entertainment.

BUSINESS

Site Visits
Meetings
Networking
Brainstorming

TRAVEL

Flights
Hotels
Transfers
Private Charter

ENTERTAINMENT

Restaurants
Activities
Concerts
Events

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Consultation

Consultation

We will get a deeper understanding of your company's unique needs and requirements.

Preparation

Preparation

We put together a tailored program of business activities, meetings, hotels, flights, meals and entertainment.

Travel

Travel

All you and your team need to do is show up at the airport: we do the rest!

Inspired?

With so many transport innovations going on, it can be hard to choose where to focus your attention! With A2D, we take great joy in creating a tailor-made travel program that gives you the best opportunities to learn from the projects that match your needs.

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