We had a fantastic time at this year’s NMW with a vast array of things to do, brilliant speakers to listen to and endlessly interesting people to engage with on what the future of mobility might hold.
The NMW Live offered visitors the opportunity to enjoy the last of the very summery sunlight outside and see numerous demonstrations of autonomous driving, assistance systems, intelligent trailer solutions and much more. We enjoyed Knorr-Bremse’s demonstration of an autonomous truck seemingly driving itself around the yard, and the great variety of ingenious products present at the NMW Live. For instance, right after Knorr-Bremse KRONE presented an adaptation of how to redistribute the axle load in long HGVs, and then had the startup RYTLE present their much smaller solution for urban logistics that reimagines the use of cargo bikes and specially created boxes for transport. Read more here.
During the NMW 18 visitors had the opportunity of embarking on different guided tours, tailored to the key tracks at the expo: Connected Vehicle, Automated Driving, Alternative Powertrain, Urban Logistics and Transport Services. The guided tours were ideal for visitors with a limited amount of time at the IAA, as they led you straight to the highlights, one could pass by the lines, and was introduced to the exhibitors’ contact personnel as well as other interesting co-participants immediately. Read more on the guided tours here.
The NMW EXPO is the exhibition area of the NMW. Here visitors got to experience brands, the newest products and services as well as meet future customers and partners. We had everyone from Aptiv (focusing on products and concepts for automated driving) to E-FORCE ONE (full or semi-electrical powered vehicles), to Graphmasters (award-winning routing software) to smapOne (EDP software) and World of Heroes, who even had a tattooist on site for live tattoos.
The four-day NMW FORUM at the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018 was the place for debates among decision-makers, innovators and visionaries from business, academia and society. Across the boardattendance the 70 top-class speakers and panels examined the future of transport and logistics.
A special highlight included the panel discussion Political Dialogue: Reducing CO2 Emissions – Challenges and Opportunities which was very topical as the European Commission recently announced its plans for a CO2 regulation for the commercial vehicle industry. These regulations will apply to light commercial vehicles and heavy-duty vehicles. The question for the panellists looked at what a supportive regulatory framework should look like, with the political dialogue addressing this question and how to promote a balanced approach that will both promote economic competitiveness and protect the environment.
After the opening remarks made by VDA president Bernhard Mattes, Arthur Runge Metzger, the Director DG Climate Action of the European Commission presented the commission’s goals and proposed adaptations for the commercial vehicle industry. Christian Labrot ( President International Road Transport Union, IRU), Frank Iwer (Head of Political and Strategic Planning of the Board of Management of IG Metall), Dr. Manfred Schuckert (Automotive Regulatory Strategy Daimler AG), and Christian Hochfeld (Executive Director Agora Verkehrswende) were in attendance to further debate the EC’s proposal.
A highlight of the NMW FORUM was the NMW Lab18, the pitch contest for startups. The jury of experts were treated to quick-fire presentations by Blickfeld, Enway, Bleenco, and Foresight Automotive, where they were able to ask the startups a few questions to better choose the winner.
While the jury was left to deliberate, t3n’s editor-in-chief moderated a fireside chat entitled Dangerous Liaisons: Who Wins When Startups and Corporates Collaborate? with Philip Gneiting of Daimler, Ashley Cashion of what3words and Gerrit Dumstorff of HELLA Fast Forward.