Autostadt presents special exhibition “Urban Mobility of the Future”
The growth in population in the world’s metropolises and an increasing need for mobility is providing city planners with a huge challenge.
The special exhibition entitled “Urban Mobility of the Future” being held at Autostadt (Automobile City) in Wolfsburg presents examples of how the city and traffic planning can be structured sustainably in urban cityscapes. The focus here is on autonomous driving and digital mobility solutions – developments that will have the capacity to change the cityscape over the long term and tangibly enhance the quality of life in urban environments.
The special exhibition “Urban Mobility of the Future” in the Group Forum of Autostadt highlights the change from various perspectives: Scenarios are presented for urban living tomorrow from the perspective of city planners and vehicle developers, digital pioneers and residents. Ideas, concepts and technologies are presented that make a contribution to designing an urban environment that makes living there worthwhile in the future. … more
The Autostadt communication platform, opened on 1 June 2000, is a theme and experience park and it has the biggest delivery centre for new cars in the world. More than two million vehicles have already been delivered to their new owners here. The theme and experience park invite visitors to go on a trip into the world of mobility. Architecture, design and nature create the framework for various attractions in a park landscape covering an area of more than 28 hectares. Exhibitions present classic vehicles from automobile history and illustrate why they defined benchmarks in their time. Works of art and films provide inspiration. Research stations invite visitors to interact. And unusual events open up new horizons. Anyone with an interest in art will also find inspiration in Autostadt, alongside technology enthusiasts, multimedia fans, friends of upscale gastronomy or individuals seeking a relaxing environment. Autostadt brings to life the reasons why quality creates safety, how performance and sustainability go hand in hand, and the importance of customer closeness to the Volkswagen Group.
The automobile theme park highlights continuous change and the symbiosis of form and function. A city is not a fixed entity. It is in a permanent state of change. Time never stands still in Autostadt. The pavilions and theme worlds have changed their countenance many times. Design at this venue is not incidental. It accompanies visitors at every turn. Design in Autostadt is more than a symbiosis of form and function, design here is a sensual holistic experience.
The Group brands Volkswagen passenger cars, Volkswagen commercial vehicles, Audi, SEAT, Škoda, Lamborghini and Porsche are presented in dedicated pavilions at the centre of the park landscape. They showcase their philosophy and values in an individual approach – sometimes objectively, at times playfully, with an energetic profile or artistically. The architecture of the pavilions, and the exhibits and installations in the buildings are as different as the vehicle brands.
Visitors experience cutting-edge technology and individual mobility in the Audi pavilion. The SEAT brand stands for Mediterranean flair and lifestyle. The Lamborghini Pavilion rises like a black monolith out of the park landscape. Very close to the Volkswagen Pavilion, the Porsche Pavilion expresses the historic link between Volkswagen and Porsche. The Škoda Pavilion appears like the winged arrow of the brand logo from a bird’s eye perspective. The Volkswagen Pavilion takes its visitors on a trip through the world of Volkswagen. The striking Volkswagen commercial vehicles and motorhome pavilion are situated on south-east edge of Autostadt. The Premium Club House provides an artistic experience of the premium concept of the Volkswagen Group.
The Group Forum with the big Piazza and the Welcome Desk is the starting point for any visit to Autostadt. A cross-brand analysis is provided for the topic of mobility here. Exhibits in the GREEN LEVEL exhibition make use of examples from everyday life to provide a personal entry into the topic of sustainability. The Design Display exhibition on the next level sets out to demonstrate the role played by design in our everyday life. The MobiVerse is on the ground floor and has attractions like a driving school, a colossal climbing sculpture and workstations for our youngest guests.
Environmental protection and energy efficiency are a top priority in Autostadt. The platform for this is provided by management systems for environment and energy. This is intended to avoid negative impacts and ensure that resources are handled as carefully as possible.
A paradigmatic example is provided by conversion of the entire electricity supply to green electricity in 2013. This means that energy for lighting, interactive exhibitions and installations at Autostadt, and the electricity for supplying the office buildings is sourced from hydropower plants in Austria, Bavaria and Switzerland. The electricity is supplied by VW Kraftwerk GmbH.
Autostadt is open from 09:00 to 18:00 on 363 days of the year.
Autostadt is only closed on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
The brand pavilions and the ZeitHaus automobile museum are accessible from 09:00 to 18:00.
Autostadt GmbH is a subsidiary company of Volkswagen AG based in Wolfsburg.
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Model “Urban mobility of the future”
How will we travel through cities in the year 2030? How will freight be transported to and fro – goods, packages, letters? And most importantly: What will be the role of people in this process? What distances will individuals cover? Where and how will people work? Questions like this are occupying logisticians, researchers, entire universities and global companies across the world.
Potential answers on urban life in the not too distant future are provided by a model on the topic of “Urban mobility of the future”. It is directed towards new and quite young target groups. The model covers twelve square metres on a scale of 1:87. It has been produced by specialists who have created a number of models including parts of the Miniature Wonderland in Hamburg. Their latest creation is a small architectural masterpiece which demonstrates with loving attention to detail how quality of life in an urban space can be improved by new mobility solutions like SEDRIC from Volkswagen, networked truck platooning from MAN or the modular Pop.Up Next for vertical mobility from Audi, Italdesign and Airbus.
Autostadt will give its visitors the opportunity today of being able to look at living, working and mobility in the metropolises of tomorrow from June 13th to September 30th 2018. This presents architecture and public spaces which place people in the foreground: offices, production facilities and businesses which promote efficient working. There is also an innovative traffic infrastructure which ensures convenient and sustainable mobility with all-electric, autonomous self-driving vehicles. These are the key elements of the miniature model city measuring three by four metres. This city is not a utopia but a concrete representation of visions for life in urban settings with lots of amazing details. These visions are being developed today thanks to technology innovations and they could very soon become reality.
Miniature models of the SEDRIC autonomous concept car chauffeur their passengers through the city of the future noiselessly and precisely, X-shuttles transport commuters to their workplaces in the city centre, driverless trucks form platoons on ring roads for efficient transport of goods. Where parking spaces and bus lanes used to define the cityscape in inner cities, people now stroll in newly designed landscaped areas. Hanging gardens on house facades and landscaped roofs decorate concrete cityscapes that are today often rather dull. These scenarios highlight how progress is defined from the perspective of the model developers: as a visible and tangible gain in living quality for the metropolises of tomorrow.
The model was defined in close cooperation between Autostadt and Innovation and Technology Communication at the Volkswagen Group. The buildings, landscaped areas, vehicles and figures shown in the city of the future were all individually produced almost without exception. Laser-cutting technology was used to produce the facades and road surfaces from special cardboard. Four laser-cutter machines were operating for more than 1800 hours to produce these items. A special airbrush process was used for the “paint job” where the paint dries immediately after it has been applied. Artificial green is mixed with genuine moss in the parkland areas. A large proportion of more than 1000 figures that bring urban living in the model city to life were painted individually by hand. And the automobiles driving around on the roads – from SEDRIC to platooning trucks – were produced individually and specifically for the model.
The special features realised for the first time in a model on this scale included a total of 25 vehicles that manoeuvre on roads with integrated magnetic strips as they drive through the different parts of the city, rather than on rails as is usual in these scenarios. They are controlled centrally and each vehicle is equipped with its own sensor system. They master the junction and cornering scenarios, encounters with pedestrians, driving in convoy and shuttle traffic to the edge of the city. And everything happens extremely efficiently and with no accidents. This could well become reality in the near future on roads with fully automated vehicles.
Ingenious technology developed specially for the model is behind or indeed underneath wherever SEDRIC, shuttle vehicles from MOIA, X-shuttle and self-driving trucks convey a particularly lively picture of future mobility. The vehicles are powered by an electric motor with contact plates on board, a servo drive, a rechargeable battery and an individually configurable microcontroller. This enables them to be wireless controlled over the model’s road network measuring nearly 100 metres.
The model and its technological innovations offers a clear outlook on the urban life of tomorrow specifically from one particular aspect. Digitalisation permits a completely new form of mobility – today on a scale of 1:87 and very soon in reality.
Visitors can experience the exhibition “Urban mobility of the future” every day from 9 am to 6 pm. After the exhibition has finished in Autostadt Wolfsburg, the model city will go on tour and spearhead understanding for important fields of the future such as electromobility, autonomous driving and shared mobility.