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Feature Topic: Mobility

When people use the word mobility, they’re primarily referring to spatial movement – the moving around of living beings or objects within a physical space, building, or geographical area. The fact that mobility is now used to refer to much more than simply moving around is something our Steinbeis experts illustrate from a variety of angles in this edition of TRANSFER: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Lutz Gaspers, director of the Steinbeis Consulting Center for Land-Use Planning and Structure Development, explains how travel solutions have evolved over time. Prof. Dr. Peter Neugebauer, director of the Steinbeis Transfer Center for Automotive Testing at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, considers the future of mobility solutions. Prof. Karl Schekulin, director of the Steinbeis Transfer Center for Process Development, examines the topic of mobility for the elderly and introduces us to an electrically driven walking frame. In an interview with Dr. Oliver Bü hler and Dr. Daniel Ulmer, managing directors of Steinbeis Interagierende Systeme GmbH, we fi nd out why massive volumes of testing data are indispensable for safe driving. There is also an interview with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Stö ckner, director of the Steinbeis Transfer Center for Infrastructure Management in Transportation, who tells TRANSFER about the importance of transportation to modern mobility. Prof. Dr. Dirk Lohre, director of the Steinbeis Innovation Center for Research in Transport and Logistics, outlines a procedure for forecasting the volatility of consignments in the general cargo market. Konrad Roth, director of the Steinbeis Consulting Center for Corporate Development and Social Space Planning, and Dr. Csaba Singer, founder of Hybrid-Airplane Technologies GmbH, introduce us to a patented, innovative hybrid aircraft. Prof. Dr. Walter Commerell, director of the Steinbeis Transfer Center called System Design, explains why the standard for functional safety in road vehicles, ISO 26262, is so important and how it is applied to utility and multipurpose vehicles. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jochen Baier, the director of Mobility and Logistic, the Steinbeis Transfer Center, shows how current developments can be tested for their suitability as modes of travel in rural areas. Stefan Odenbach, project manager at the Steinbeis Transfer Center for Technology – Organization – Human Resources, reviews modern travel and mobility from the perspective of digital transformation in value chain processes.