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We cannot “just get rid of cars»!

Are you one of those people who doesn’t have any idea what Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS) is all about? Not to worry – at Evolve Arena May 12th, Mario Schlechter from Siemens Mobility will steer you in the right direction!
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Next Mobility Revolution – Siemens Mobility`latest business secret

In a nutshell, Mario Schlechter takes the scene and gives you a brilliant introduction to a new way for cities to manage their traffic with a brand-new Siemens Mobility system. Exciting? Yes, it is. He has been employed in Siemens for 12 years, and he aims to give his audience an insight on how Siemens Mobility is thinking on the “Next Mobility Revolution”, and how the company contributes to that to have a balanced traffic management in the city. Fasten your seatbelt – Schlechter has set his mind on giving you inspiration and stories from other cities in the world too.

Hate or love? Kick scooters up for debate

In general, Schlechter will present a new way for the city to manage their traffic with a brand-new system. All modes of transportations are connected herein and the main purpose is that “the city will get back control” of “their” city. He says:

– With all new transportation modes e.g. like e-kick scooters, the cities need to find a way to get everything back to order. It may require also some change in legislation or at least a shift in thinking to have that realized, but my presentation at Evolve Arena will hopefully kick this discussion off.

Will help Norway in to pole position

In his current role, Mario Schlechter is responsible for the whole Intelligent Traffic System business from Siemens Mobility in Norway. The company wants to contribute and help Norway become the forefront and reference when it comes to state of the art traffic infrastructure. Not only regarding tunnel systems, but also on the road side where systems and solutions can help municipalities, road authorities and other important stakeholders to get the most out of their “mobility eco system”. Schlechter says:

– Being an ambassador of “new mobility”, I have of course rented the electrical kick-scooters here in Oslo. As I explicitly don’t have and wanted a car in Norway, even though I have one in Germany, I was using the scooter for almost everything. Finally, I decided to buy my own as my sharing expenses easily justifies the investment. The whole situation ended up with me actually carrying the big parcel containing that new e-scooter on a rental one from Sørenga to Munch Brygge (over that little foot walk bridge and the construction side), which I believe was quite a “unique” picture for everybody. But I managed to balance the big package though!

How to develop our future cities

Mario Schlechter’s interest and engagement for mobility simply comes from early life on. Being a car-enthusiast, he is always connected to the “road” and transportation fascinates him. As for his previous jobs a lot of travel was required. He experienced many different modes of transportation and always wondered how the world could be within a completely connected mobility ecosystem. When it comes to developing our future cities, he says:

– The most important thing is being flexible; both the city and the legislation to allow new business models to grow and have the user/citizens in mind. Cities needs to address topics like climate change and encourage people to use more public transport and alternative mode of transportation. But you can’t get completely “just get rid of cars”, as this is not the solution. We need to steer them efficiently!

– To me, “Smarter life in human cities” is an overall connected life in the city where I can get from A to B very easy and convenient, just from my current place without worrying to get to one train station or bus station first.

Written by: Ann-Sophie Stene

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