The 18th edition of Gulf Traffic brought together government entities and organizations to explore the market outlook and challenges and opportunities around city infrastructure, the future of traffic, and mobility, parking, fleet management and more.
The Clean Energy Business Council led the Future of Mobility Conference, which brought new ideas and insights with a view to e-mobility, new services from OEMs, and the future trends of the region.
The number of vehicles running on the roads is going up every year. How do relevant government authorities and those with stakes in the sector cope with the ever-increasing number of vehicles on the road? These questions and many more were covered in the Gulf Traffic 2019 program. Split into six major categories, the event was spread over three days, concluding on 11th of December.
The first day of the event consisted of two conferences. The first conference dealt with infrastructure challenges faced by the transport and logistics sector, while the second one looked at the impact of artificial intelligence on transportation.
The second day looked at crucial aspects of the traffic sector, in which industry stakeholders and private players together discussed the road safety situation of the Gulf states and how to tackle new challenges cropping up on world roads.
AMENA’s involvement in Gulf Traffic 2019 focused on the Future Mobility Conference on the second day, which featured the latest from across the mobility value chain including a regional EV outlook, insights on the proliferation of shared mobility and autonomous vehicles, and the rise of micro mobility. The impact of future mobility alternatives is sure to reshape the face of the automotive industry. The Future of Mobility conference was led by the Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC).
On the last day, one of the top challenges to seamless urban mobility was touched upon: parking. Cities around the world suffer from the lack of adequate parking in urban areas. The situation is so dire that cities like London have started levying congestion charges on specific vehicles in city streets. Key personalities in the regional transportation and urban planning divisions joined forces to discover concrete solutions to this issue plaguing every city.
The "Regional EV Outlook" featured insights from Mark Carson (Renault), Stephan Gobert (Engie), Alex Nikolenko (Green Parking), and Cheyenne Kamran (AMENA Automotive).
Future Mobility In Focus
The Future Mobility Conference program on day 2 of Gulf Traffic featured OEMs at the forefront of the progress. Gary West, Head of Future Mobility at GM, focused on how the future of mobility is already here and what opportunities will arise in the near future as we move towards more autonomous and more connected vehicles. Christophe Vloebergh, CASE Implementation Manager in MENA at Mercedes-Benz, focused on how connectivity will elevate the experience to another level, with new services like Mercedes Me Connect.
A number of interesting points emerged in the panel discussions, as well. The first panel titled Regional EV Outlook looked at how far the region has come in terms of e-mobility. Chief Strategist of AMENA started the session sharing the latest data on automotive sales in the MENA region. Following that a few success stories were highlighted: Mark Carson, Director of Customer Service at Renault, shared how more and more fleets are going electric with the help of EVs like the Zoe. Stephan Gobert provided a look at the work Engie is doing across the greater mobility ecosystem, with highlights such as 100,000 chargers in 55 countries. Alex Nikolenko, Technical Manager at Green Parking, shared how we have gone from people looking at charging stations in disbelief, to the real infrastructure in place so that someone can drive from Dubai to Oman with an EV.
The second panel titled Future of Mobility In The Region started off with Mohamed Abdeljalil from HERE Technologies sharing how location intelligence is already in our lives and how it will make it even better. Location intelligence is serving as a catalyst for many of the advances in future mobility – connectivity to provide better services, autonomy needs it, new mobility services need it. From there the discussion went on to energy generation and consumption. Abilash Nair, Head of Smart City Initiative at Al Naboodah Group, explained how “[Al Naboodah] is looking at generation at the point consumption, and consumption at the point of generation.” Al Naboodah Group recently launched their Smart City Initiative aligned with Smart Dubai 2021 and currently has a portfolio of over 100 projects in the smart mobility and smarty energy space.
Gary West, Head of Future Mobility at GM, giving the keynote at the Future Mobility Conference.
All in all, Gulf Traffic 2019 provided a thorough exploration of the present and future challenges and opportunities facing the region. AMENA Automotive was delighted to have participated in the program led by the Clean Energy Business Council and looks forward to continue to engage with partners across the regional transportation industry.