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Next Generation Mobility Working Group – At A Glance Summary

Updated: Aug 14, 2023

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Next Generation Mobility

Thursday 14th September 2023, 15:15 – 17:15

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Introduction – Next Generation Mobility

The FISITA Next Generation Mobility Working Group developed this summary for the international membership community of FISITA and beyond, delivering thought leadership, knowledge sharing and industry opinion to support future developments, engagement, and activities in this area.

The Paper focuses on the challenges, opportunities and potential solutions in the following five key areas:

  • Automotive

  • Aerospace

  • Advanced Air Mobility

  • Rail

  • Integrated Transport


The challenge of the transition to zero exhaust emission powertrains and net zero vehicle production is discussed in the automotive chapter, recognising the scale of transformation that is needed across the industry and the diversity of approaches that will be needed across different territories to achieve this ambition.

The key challenges include changing from manual to automated driving, from fossil to renewable fuels and electric mobility, from single occupancy to mass transport, from highway to last mile connectivity, from basic to advanced driver assistance systems, from single applications to multiple / shared applications, from exhaust emission regulation to a zero emission approach, and from emission diagnostics information to continuous emission monitoring.

As it always has, the automotive sector must continue to adapt, innovate, collaborate, and evolve in response to the challenges ahead. There are therefore likely to be several opportunities and pathways to zero tailpipe emission vehicles. Broadly, the automotive industry worldwide is looking at internal combustion (IC) engine-based or electric powertrain-based approaches. IC engines have potential to achieve net zero tailpipe emissions through low or zero carbon fuels. It is important to derive a roadmap for phasing out older vehicles, with retrofit of emissions reducing technologies and incentivising green fuels amongst the approaches to help achieve this aim.


The difficulty in decarbonising large aircraft is highlighted, along with the opportunities offered by developments in electric propulsion and sustainable aviation fuel. Some of the areas explored in this chapter are current developments in hydrogen (H2) engines, battery capabilities, and SAF, and direction of private and public investments in these technologies.

While there is considerable work in these areas within research and technology divisions of OEMs, the industry is still a considerable distance from building these aircraft for public transport. More regulatory demands are needed to see a step change in current investment and R&D strategies.

Advanced air mobility (AAM)

Advanced air mobility as defined by NASA is “an air transportation system that moves people and cargo between places previously not served or underserved by aviation – local, regional, intraregional, urban – using revolutionary new aircraft that have only just become possible”.

In the advanced air mobility section, again, decarbonisation is recognised as a critical topic but the importance of societal approval of this new form of mobility is also discussed, with much hinging on the use cases to which this technology is applied.

AM platforms have arrived; how these become operational and how well they provide initial services will be critical. We could see unmanned cargo delivery systems taking to the skies from 2023 onwards. Global differences in approaches to certification and the gap around autonomous systems presents significant challenges for those airframes which have them as the primary control system. We should expect considerable Investment in underlying infrastructure such as vertiports and digital air traffic management. Commercial realities of eVTOL air taxis with current battery energy densities and duty cycles could prove costly to early entrants.

The key challenges mentioned include safety, complexity of design, scaled up production, certification, pilot training, required infrastructure and its interoperability.


Recognising the potentially significant role of the rail sector in improving the safety and sustainability of transport (of passengers and freight), the challenge of decarbonisation and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is explored in the rail section. Pre-COVID-19, pressure on rail passenger service providers may have come from a lack of sufficient capacity in their networks. As people return to more typical travel patterns, it seems they have been slower to return to rail in what has been described as a ‘car-led’ recovery. At the same time, new technologies are enabling new types of rail service that might help to reinforce traditional main-line operations.

Rail freight has the potential to be an area of strong growth. Rail has a vitally important role to play in decarbonising transport. In particular, the focus should be on getting cars and trucks off the roads. This has the maximum impact on reducing transport emissions overall. It is therefore essential to meeting committed 2050 targets that rail usage is increased and maximised both on the passenger and freight side. Whilst decarbonising strategies for rail itself are important, the critical discussion should be on modal shift.

A key constraint of moving to rail-freight has been driven by capacity issues on the network, cost of rail as compared to road transport, and the last miles issues of double handling from rail to road. The particular numbers and issues will vary from country to country, depending on their own geography and history, but the fundamentals will hold true. Lower investment opportunities in light and very light rail need to be at the forefront of technology development and deployment.

Integrated transport

Finally, the integrated transport section identifies the broad set of stakeholders who can contribute to the future success and integration of mobility-as-a-service and new modes of urban transportation. It also recognises how they can improve the sustainability and accessibility of mobility.

Platform economy technologies and mobile services are driving the increased availability of transport services on demand. When considering transport specifically, there are several phenomena that have started to appear in urban (and sometimes in rural) areas in recent years including Mobility-on-Demand, Mobility Hubs and Mobility as a Service (MaaS). All of these are facilitated by the platform economy and mobile services enabling integrated transport.

A range of challenges associated with development of integrated transport and MaaS is presented including areas such as level of investment, lack of clear legislative and regulatory framework, availability and quality of infrastructure, need for flexibility and required knowledge and skills.

There are several different opportunities and benefits associated with MaaS presented in the paper. These opportunities will depend on the local context (eg urban vs rural), market conditions, and the chosen operational and governance model for MaaS. For example, MaaS has the potential to influence the modal shift from private ownership and use of cars towards sustainable transport modes and greater use of public transport.

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Find out more! FISITA’s Working Group Forum schedule!

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Here’s the agenda:

10:00 – 12:00 Carbon Neutral Mobility Working Group Tues 12th September

15:15 – 17:15 Industry Disruption Working Group Wed 13th September

10:00 – 12:00 Intelligent Safety Working Group Thurs 14th September

15:15 – 17:15 Next Generation Mobility Working Group Thurs 14th September

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