Continental AG needs a new mobility plan, says CEO Elmar Degenhart

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 13, 2010

Elmar Degenhart, Continental AG’s Chief Executive Officer, said a “master plan for future mobility” is warranted as the number of cars s expected to almost triple to two billion or more in the decades to come. He envisions a world where cars on motorway trips were assigned a slot in the traffic flow, similar to how air traffic controllers guide planes.

He imagines that in this queue on the motorway, cars that enter will latch on to an electronic drawbar and will immediately drive on autopilot.

He added that auto and utility industries execs must work with scientists, politicians, traffic planners, and others to find ways to resolve the growing carbon emission problem.

Dagenhart drew a future in which environmental realities no longer let families use four-door sedans or sports utility vehicles for buying groceries or vacation trips.

He sees that the very “car for all purposes” will cease to exist in 2050. He recommends that the industry must develop at least four separate vehicle types for various mobility needs in a world where the number of cars soar: 1) commuting; 2) city driving; 3) long distance; and 4) recreational.

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