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Hamburg leads 25 German cities in digitalisation of mobility

Hamburg tops ranking in terms of digital mobility and electric mobility, PwC study findes

Hamburg leads German cities in terms of digitalisation of mobility, a study by PwC and the DLR Institute of Transport Research published Monday has found. The 25 most densely populated cities in Germany were examined in terms of digitalisation and increasing electrification of mobility. Hamburg scored 76.7 of 100 points putting it in top position ahead of Stuttgart with 71.9 points and Berlin with 67.1 points. The divergence among the top cities and the lower ranked cities was broad with those at the bottom scoring between 30.4 and 41.9 points.

Hamburg scored thanks to digitalisation of infrastructure

A total of 29 indicators were rated in four categories. Experts awarded up to 25 points in each category. Hamburg proved particularly convincing in the “Digitalisation of Infrastructure”. Experts praised Hamburg’s “Traffic 4.0” strategy for intelligent transport. All the traffic in the port of Hamburg is being recorded by special sensors and analysed using new evaluation procedures. Up-to-date information and forecasts can be called up on a tablet compute or smartphone thereby lowering the risk of congestion.

Hamburg pushing ahead with electric mobility and car sharing

Hamburg recently signed agreements with BMW to provide parking spaces for car sharing and electric vehicles as well as 1,500 electric charging points and Daimler AG to expand urban mobility in Hamburg. The partnership with Daimler AG focuses on individual and public transport and converting car2go, a subsidiary of Daimler AG, to electricity and collaborating on the transport platform switchh and moovel app

Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg, said: “If we wish to manage challenges in future, we must promote the urgently-needed expansion of electric mobility and introduce alternative drive systems such as fuel cells. We also wish to ensure that different means of transport such as buses, bicycles and e-car sharing work well. Daimler has vast know-how in terms of urban transport.” Hamburg is also becoming a testing ground for logistics for companies like Hermes Starting in 2018, Hermes Germany will successively put 1,500 Mercedes-Benz electric vans for package deliveries into service. After the pilot phase in Hamburg and Stuttgart in early 2018, the Hermes and Mercedes Benz Vans will expand their co-operation to urban areas across Germany.

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